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Haven’t Written In A While: Here Goes.

I have always joked that perhaps I was never meant to be born an American; that my sense of humour was a little bit too dry and sarcastic; that I have always enjoyed a nice cup of tea a bit more than the average American.  I have not, however, usually found myself ashamed of being an American.  And then came the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November 2016.

On that day We, The People, of the United States elected Donald Trump as President.  I cast my vote, not for Trump, but even so in the end Trump won.  Hillary Clinton had the popular vote, but not the necessary 270 votes in the Electoral College.  So, it is what it is, and I am not writing to talk about how the Trump campaign succeeded or how the Clinton campaign failed, or even how third-party candidates are barely spoken about.

What shames me, what leaves me feeling embarrassed to be an American right now is that, although technically Clinton won the popular vote, and therefore that means that a majority of Americans did not vote for Donald Trump, it was a very narrow margin with which she won that popular vote.  And that means, nearly half of my fellow Americans supported a racist. A bigot. A misogynist.

I had thought that it couldn’t possibly be quite so many as all that.  Surely, not as many of half of us could find enough political worthiness in Donald Trump to excuse his shortcomings as a person.  And yet, half of us did.  

I am not saying that Clinton is a shining example of all that a human being should be.  Hell, at one point prior to the results of the Election, I quipped that I had cast my vote for Cthulhu, because why should I vote for a lesser evil, after all?  But I had thought that a lot more of us were better than this.  Better than to cast our votes for someone who would say that he could shoot someone and it wouldn’t cost him voters.  Better than to cast our votes for someone who would speak so shamefully of women, and excuse it as “locker-room talk”.  Better than to cast our votes for Donald Trump.   Clearly, I was wrong because just near half of us did exactly that.

America, I really hope you can get your shit together by 2020, because honestly, I am ashamed of you.

4 Responses to Haven’t Written In A While: Here Goes.

  • I can only sympathize and commiserate with you as do many all around the world. Your shock and disgust at Trump’s victory echo the emotions of many Brits on finding that the nation had voted to leave the EU and, worse still, that the government was accepting this non-binding choice. It seems that the world is sliding into collective hysteria or even collective insanity and this is causing people, like confused rabbits, to run onto the guns instead of away from them. Trump, for all his apparent certainty, is as much a victim of that hysteria as those who voted for him – his more outrageous policies show that quite clearly. What will come out of his presidency remains to be seen, whether for good or for ill.

    • I saw this tweet on election night, and could not help, for a moment, but think that was what had to be happening. That we, as a nation, were trying to “outdo” Brexit…

      • Trump favoured Brexit so there is indeed a connection there if only an emotional one.

        I think there is another connection: many who voted for Brexit said they did so as a protest against government and there seems to be a similar element in the vote for Trump. A lot of those voting for Brexit never expected the vote to go that way and didn’t want it to go that way; possibly, many who voted for Trump never expected or wanted him to win. They perhaps just wanted to give conventional government a scare.

        • Yes, I definitely think that people were looking for change, and drastic change at that. If that’s the case, though, I certainly hope that we as a nation have learned that this might not be the best way to send the message that we want change.

          Also, the US is not strictly a two-party-only government, yet, between media coverage and campaigning (and the associated complexities of campaigning), Americans seem to always feel that there are only the two choices, the Republican candidate or the Democratic candidate. This is a real shame, and a real problem here, too.

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