THE MEANING OF THE ELECTION OF JONALD J. TRUMP AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE CYNICISM AND BANKRUPTCY OF THE RIGHT HAS BEEN EXPOSED FOR WHAT IT IS
In contemplating the meaning of Trump’s election, it occurs to me that every single tenet of the conservative, right wing, Tea Party, and Republican ethical, moral, religious and principled thread of conservative fabric has been ripped to shreds, torn asunder, if you will. This, after three decades of moral superiority, vigorous culture wars in the name of rightness and righteousness, thirty years of chastising liberals, Democrats, gays and atheists for corroding the social fabric of American society, they have now lost all claim to the superior moral and ethical authority they have vociferously espoused as their exclusive domain. Donald Trump won the Presidency while trashing every single principle that makes us Americans. Or used to, I suppose. With no regard for Constitutional dicta, mocking women and the disabled, playing lose with facts, denigrating entire groups of Americans, sliming foreigners and generally acting like a five year old playground bully, he roared across the country like an out of control circus act and the Trumpettes elected him despite all of this reality show spectacle or, perhaps, just in spite of the rest of us.
This is the man, this so called billionaire man of the people, that half of the voting public voted for. But, of course, the Trumpettes claimed that he didn’t mean what he said. Wouldn’t adopt his cockamamie policies if elected. Would turn out to be a “normal” President. Really? This optimistic future scenario is based on what exactly? Your hopes? Intuition? Astrological signs? But none of the lies, the smears, the denigration mattered. This is astounding. So then, the lesson from Trump’s campaign and election is “never believe anything a candidate says?” This is the height of cynicism. Sure, politicians often promise stuff they won’t and can’t deliver. But Trump promised shit that could only be delivered under some Fascist regime or in some other cosmos. At least without violating United States law. Did the Trumpettes not believe Bernie Sanders when he said he was going to tax Wall Street transactions to pay for college tuition? Did they not believe Hillary Clinton when she said that she would raise taxes on the wealthy to reduce wealth inequality? I guess in my blatant naivety, I did. I figured that some of the promises would not or could net be achieved but in the end both Sanders and Clinton would try and they would succeed in achieving at least some of what they promised. I did not believe a word that came out of Donald Trump’s mouth. But you Trumpettes did. How bloody astounding!
And what about the 11 women who have claimed Trump assaulted them? What about the legions of contractors who claimed they were stiffed by Trump? What about the thousands of Trump University students who sued him? What about his dealings with and affection for Russia and Putin? What about his history of not living up to his deals? Or suing anyone who tries to thwart him? So none of this matters while Hillary Clinton’s never hacked server made her a criminal in your feeble minds?
And now we are to support this man who seems to have not a clue about what the Constitution and the Bill of Rights say, much less mean. Nope. Not me. I don’t care if he fails or if he succeeds. I cannot support someone who treats America’s history of enshrining tolerance, equality, equal opportunity, freedom of speech and religion, freedom of the press, civil rights, equal treatment under the law and all the other fundamental beliefs and traditions that did make America the greatest country on earth no matter how far we missed the mark on any of them. It is and has been our struggle, our destiny and our common heritage to strive for perfecting the ideals we believe in, that are enshrined in our Founding Documents. I still believe in the promise of America. Apparently the Trumpettes do not.
Say what you will about liberals, one thing that has characterized us as a group in an America often hostile to us, is consistency: consistency in our views, consistency in our ethics, consistency in our dealings with the “others” of society, consistency about what it means to be an American. The 62 million Americans who voted for this charlatan have given up any and all claims to being the “true America,” the bulwark of patriotism and the bastion of freedom. You have shown yourselves to be the epitome of hypocrisy and cynicism and you have all tragically betrayed America. I for one, consider Trump an aberration, an unfortunate step backward in the 227 year story that is the American Experience. I am not going to give it up. Ever.
Have a good liberal day!