posted on Nov, 11 2016 @ 12:18 AM
I said before the election that my biggest fear as someone not voting for either of them was not which would win, but rather that both ends of the
ideological and political spectrum in this country would continue to ignore the real pain - and as we know, unaddressed and unrelieved pain eventually
becomes anger - on both sides; would not empathize with one another; would not treat one another any longer truly as countrymen/women and genuinely
want to see them happy, healthy, and prosperous, and instead, would continue to become ever more polarized and incapable of dialogue or polity.
That continues to be my fear & I honestly think the aftermath of this election bears that out even more.
Why was Trump so popular? In my opinion, it was first and foremost because middle America is experiencing enormous economic pain and has for a long
long time now, pain ignored largely by both parties, but which much of middle America justifiably pins on Democratic policy. The Democratic party has,
in my opinion, completely ignored this pain, while at the same time, pushing for curtailment of the second amendment (either literally, or in the eyes
of these same middle America voters, either one of which should be something any ostensibly representative government should care about.) Yet
rather than acknowledging or working to ameliorate this, the Democratic party has instead chosen to denigrate those people as racists, "irredeemable,"
uneducated (even though more white college educated voters chose Trump than they ever thought would - they should take note) etc.
Likewise, why was Obama so popular before he was elected? What caused his groundswell, his movement? (Let us not ignore that both he and Trump relied
on a burgeoning populism or at least an attempt to appeal to one, and were described as "movements." So was Sanders. The thirst for populism in this
country has been overlooked by both parties' establishments imo!) It was his suggestions of racial reconciliation in this country, particularly in
his, "But it is how we start," speech, that launched the viability of his candidacy early on. He also promised to hold Wall Street accountable for
2008. But sadly, neither came to fruition under his administration. If anything, racial tensions have only grown, & corporate interests remain
entrenched. This not only disappointed his own supporters, it simply fueled the other side's already existing anger and cynicism about Democrats.
So then you have Obamacare. While objectively it did ensure and get access to insurance for millions who lacked it previously, eliminated existing
condition restrictions, etc. (good things imo,) it also saw premiums skyrocket for much more than the small percentage we were all assured would be
the only ones to "fall through the cracks," which just piled even more economic weight on the backs of those already justifiably angry, fed up voters
who don't necessarily live in massive cities with huge social safety nets to help them cope with their co-pays and huge premiums... at a time when
finding employment has also been tough. Also hurt some businesses. (All horrible things imo.)
Now Trump - whether one really believes this is who he is or what he intends to do or not - rose to prominence using rhetoric that makes those on the
left and minorities incredibly and justifiably worried about civil rights. (I'm one of them, despite not being a Clinton voter.) While at the same
time, many fear social programs that many of our poor & disabled rely on for literal survival will now be gutted, because some on the right believe a
policy of sink or swim is the right way to go, or that many who rely on these programs don't really need them in the first place. (I share these
concerns, again, even though I am not a Clinton voter.)
The fact that most on the left thought Trump had almost no chance of winning and even now are blaming racism and sexism rather than the real
pain of those middle American voters I keep talking about who are hurting and have been for a long time, is another example of the incredible
isolation and self-reinforcing echo chambers both sides live in in my opinion. Even Michael Moore saw this reality and said it could hand Trump
victory. Everyone called him crazy, as usual.
Likewise, that many on the right see those who are now truly afraid of what certain Trump policies now may mean for them as simply "SJW cucks who want
free stuff," rather than fellow Americans who fear they are in real danger, is another example of the same aforementioned isolation and
self-reinforcing echo chambers both sides live in in my opinion.
To avoid this vicious cycle, although anathema, compromise is necessary.
It wouldn't have to be this way verbatim, but as an example:
"Hey, brother and/or sister, fellow American, fellow human being: how about this. I will work to protect your most vulnerable, if you work to
protect mine. Your poor, working class middle American supporters desperately need jobs, economic vibrancy, and fair treatment via safety nets for
literal survival, and my poor working class and impoverished American supporters need the same. Let's find a way to do both rather than just one or
At the same time, while I disagree with you about a lot, I think you're right that our trade agreements could probably be renegotiated. I'm not as
anti-globalism personally as you, but I hear where you're coming from, and I agree with you that it seems clear we do need to bring more jobs back to
the U.S. than we have. So let's find a middle ground. Let's agree that the present deals are not conducive to abundant jobs here and work together to
Oh and by the way, while personally I'm deeply concerned about gun violence... how about I sacrifice that position for the sake of all, because I
respect that it is a sacred issue for you, and because the second amendment is part of our constitution whether I regard it as highly as the 1st and
4th or not. How about we just agree to background checks and maybe even some sort of training - hell you guys like gun ranges, and I've been to a few
and find them very educational and helpful - So let's get together and use those to facilitate people knowing what they need to about gun safety so
that people can be safe and own guns.
And yeah, putting people on terrorist watch lists and no fly lists without due process is probably a horrible idea. Let's not do that either, or if we
do, let's certainly not tie their second amendment rights to that because even though I'm otherwise quite liberal, I agree with Trey Gowdy that that's
a terrible precedent and unconstitutional. No bans."
But instead, both sides just loath one another and have zero will toward common ground. That that will only grow and worsen is my fear. Not
which of them currently holds power. Will this change under Trump? I am trying to remain hopeful and give him the benefit of the doubt. I hope so. I
support any efforts to do so on his part fully and wholeheartedly. I do not hate him, or his supporters. Nor Democrats.
I do see his nascent cabinet and advisers forming though... and so far, they are comprised of the same sort of Washington "insiders" he said he wished
to be rid of by "draining the swamp." Gingrinch, John Bolton (PNAC co-director,) and many others. We shall see.
My prayer is not for anyone's victory, but civility & mutual concern