My first thought at 2:50 am on November 9th, was “What the f**k!?” when I rolled over in bed and heard the words “President-elect Trump” come from my TV. I had always figured it was a very distinct possibility considering that we were voting for two of the most disliked candidates that I could ever remember. I just wasn’t completely prepared to hear that announcement. I knew all along that, no matter who won, I wouldn’t be skipping with joy over the thoughts of my incoming boss.
I wanted to write this yesterday, but it literally took more than 24 hours for me to get my thoughts together. So, here goes…
Take our country back = Make America great again
White America got their country back. We minorities got the message loud and clear. Some have called this a “change” election, but I don’t buy that. This was all about anger and resentment, plain and simple. Trump basically rode that anger and resentment and used it to his advantage to end up in Washington DC. The fact that he had minority support does not negate the fact that angry White America is what put Trump in office. If you wanna accuse me of playing the race card, then that’s you and your opinion. I’m just calling it as I see it from my perspective, and there are far many more Americans who agree with my assessment.
Look at the increased attacks on Muslim looking people. Look at the increased intimidation of Blacks by people waving Confederate battle flags. That stuff isn’t from patriotic duty to country. That’s from people who hate minorities. Trump fed that anger, whether intentional or not, and those who supported him are going to expect him to act on those promises he made from the southern wall to banning Muslims. Interestingly, the ban Muslims part of his platform has disappeared from his campaign website.
America is angry, and rightfully so
As I said, this election was all about anger. Trump stated “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer” as part of his victory speech. Reading social media, some have taken that to be a *wink, wink* to middle America, aka White America in flyover country, among other things. I’m going to take him at face value as I’ve done for the entire campaign and not read anything extra into it. The angry people for the most part, however, have been White America though, so there may be some truth to this.
People are angry because of a perceived lack of economic growth and job loss. Trump has promised expansive growth and bringing jobs back. That’s not going to happen though. The only way those jobs come back is if the wages paid in China are paid here. I don’t see Americans working for $5 a day or something lower. Immigration has also been an issue. Immigrants are not the ones passing laws that have led to the top income percentile taking most of the benefits of our economic growth. Trump has also promised to do many other things, some of them being very unconstitutional from the jump.
The bad thing about acting out in anger is that you usually regret those actions later on down the road. I hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling this will be the case for many people. I don’t worry as much about the damage that a President Trump with a GOP Congress can do as much as I worry about the backlash when Trump screws his supporters. People have overlooked his blatant lies and snake oil salesman presentation and have put faith that he’s going to do what he said. What I don’t get is how does a large group of Americans buy the argument that Donald J. Trump is going to get rid of corruption, or “drain the swamp”, in Washington DC when he has a verified history of less than ethical behavior himself. We’ve basically sent a billionaire who has taken full benefit of everything he could as part of that 1% to end the corruption that enabled the 1% to make out like bandits. In other words, America sent the fox to not only guard the hen-house but to live there as well.
Republicans have to govern now
I know this is a long stretch, but it’s been one in the making. Read any comment section, and GOP supporters brag about how many governorships, legislative seats, and other positions they hold. Now, they control Washington DC. There’s no Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, or Hillary Clinton to blame anymore. The GOP has full control of it all, and the results are theirs, and theirs alone to be responsible for. If we see growth based on their governance, then kudos to them. If we see downfall, then it’s theirs to own as well. They can’t simply say “No” or uphold legislation now and call that governing. They have to actually do the jobs they get paid for.
I’m sure that anything negative will come with the “it’s Obama’s or Democrats fault” for the next four years, but that dog won’t hunt. If Democrats play opposition to the effect that Republicans did against Obama, then it will still mean that Trump’s policies are failures. That’s what we’ve seen since 2010, so the GOP has already set the precedent. As the old saying goes, what goes around comes around. If Democrats act just like Republicans have, I’ll have my criticisms about their actions, but I’ll still blame Republicans for not getting things done as they’ve blamed Obama.
Do I expect change? No. Nothing will change from this election. America is still going to be America. Do I expect Republicans to effectively govern? No. They couldn’t pass legislation before, and they won’t do it now because the legislation they want to pass will directly affect the very people who put them all into office. They won’t have Obama or the Democrats to blame for them screwing their own supporters.
At some point, Americans will have to come to grip with the changes that are happening around us. We lost jobs that are not coming back. Our economy has gone from a manufacturing based engine to one that is service based. The wages in the service industry will have to change to reflect the new norm, or we’ll all continue to suffer economically. We can’t continue to demand change in Washington DC and keep sending the same people back expecting different results. In other words, the things that we’re angry about are directly caused by the actions we keep doing over and over. We’re going to have to accept our changing demographics and know that we’re still America.
I’m praying for those who are angry and hope their situations get better. I know that America will survive and keep going.