I don’t imagine there are a whole lot of people waiting with bated breath to hear my thoughts on the election, but since I feel a little silly having my “Impeach Hillary” post as the latest post on my blog, here we go:
1. I’m seeing a lot of people saying things like “Wow, I guess America is a lot more sexist/racist/homophobic/whatever than I thought.”
This strikes me as a strange sentiment, on one hand admitting you were completely wrong about the beliefs of millions of people, and then immediately rushing to explain that misconception in terms of the beliefs you already hold. Just a thought: maybe you still don’t know those millions of people as well as you think you do.
I’m not going to pretend I understand the Trump phenomenon; the result of this election surprised me as much as it did everyone else. There is certainly an element of racism and xenophobia among Trump’s supporters. It don’t get the sense this was mainly about racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of hatred or prejudice, though. I think it was mainly about economic certainty, the feeling among a lot of people that they’ve been completely forgotten by the Washington D.C. and media elite, and the fact that the Democrats ran possibly the worst candidate of all time. I’m not a Trump supporter by any means. I think he’s a terrible choice. But I don’t think Trump won because America suddenly turned sexist and racist after electing Obama twice. That narrative just doesn’t make any sense, and isn’t backed up by any data. Basically, what happened is that a lot of people really didn’t want to vote for Hillary–not because she’s a woman or even because she’s a Democrat, but because she is widely disliked as a person and regarded as corrupt.
2. As bad as Donald Trump is, he isn’t a Nazi. There aren’t going to be any concentration camps or mass deportations. Gay rights are not going to be rolled back. The 19th Amendment is not going to be repealed. You remember how you made fun of those rednecks for thinking Obama was going to take their guns or those conspiracy theorists who thought Jade Helm was a federal invasion of Texas? That’s how you sound when you talk about how terrified you are for your gay or Muslim friends. Seriously, it’s going to be okay. I get that the media has been trying to scare the shit out of you for months now about what Trump is going to do to minorities, but it’s not going to happen.
3. Maybe not right now, but sometime in the near future, it might be a good idea to reflect on how much the Trump phenomenon is a reaction to progressive overreach.
Five years ago if you believed men should use the men’s room and women should use the ladies’ room, you were a sane individual. Today if you hold that belief, you’re a hateful bigot. If you’re one of the sophisticated urban elite, this change is a long-overdue step toward greater social justice. To a lot of people, though, it’s confusing, frustrating, and frightening. This latter group is doing their best to live their lives. They have real problems to deal with. They can’t spend all their time keeping up with the ways society is being redefined, and they don’t like being told they’re assholes because they don’t understand the new rules. These people by and large aren’t hateful, but if you poke them long enough, they get angry. And as we’ve seen, they vote.
Now you may think those people are dead wrong. Ridiculing them and insulting them isn’t going to bring them over to your side, though. And as much as I enjoy watching clueless Leftists blame everyone but themselves for their failure, this sort of thing really isn’t good for society in the long term. The Right is largely a reaction to the Left, which means that if you guys want to stop Trump, you need to stop blaming everyone for being racist, sexist, etc. and get your shit together. Try, you know, listening to people (even white people!) and coming up with some real solutions rather than forcing people to bake you cakes or screaming at them for having the audacity to claim that all lives matter.
4. You know how libertarians have been howling for years about how we’ve given the office of the President way too much power? This is why.
I get that some of you are devastated that Trump won. But really, the Presidential election should not matter this much. When people are weeping in the streets because the wrong person was elected, we’re not in a healthy representative republic anymore. Can we start to work together now to scale back Presidential power? And maybe even try to reduce the amount of influence the federal government overall has in our lives?
5. Remember how you guys were against war, mass surveillance, abuse of executive power, and droning civilians back when Bush was President? Well, you can totally start doing that again!