A Defiant Nation

I woke up to a divisive America one day after the election.

Wait, that might be a little dramatic.  Maybe we should say a defiant nation.

This election has undoubtedly unraveled a few threads in the hearty fabric of America.  I don’t really dabble in politics, however, I seem inclined to say a few things after this election.

Clair Sheehan has the words "Not My President" written on her forehead as she takes part in a protest against the election of Donald Trump, on November 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (credit: The Atlantic Photo)
Clair Sheehan has the words “Not My President” written on her forehead as she takes part in a protest against the election of Donald Trump, on November 9, 2016, in downtown Seattle. (credit: The Atlantic Photo)

I began to realize a divisive and defiant trend immediately after the election.  I guess the immediate protests and chants of “not my president” made mostly by college-aged nerdowells, skipping class and most of whom didn’t even vote was the first real sign.

We were all young once, but I don’t think these young people really understood the power of a negative media campaign and that you can’t really believe everything you read on Facebook.

I think a large number of working Americans and parents putting their children through college were the most surprised by their defiance.  To watch and see these young people who mostly live on their parents dime, haven’t really paid real taxes or realized the intricacies of buying a home, running a business or buying health insurance was laughable.  Twelve months of constant, negative media attention will have that effect.

A woman gestures as she takes part in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman gestures as she takes part in a protest against President-elect Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

There were massive protests after the election in most big cities including Seattle , Philadelphia and New York City.  People were ‘scared’ and upset that Donald Trump had actually won.  I think most of Hilary’s supporters were in a state of sheer disbelief.

I was actually happy that Donald Trump had won.  I wouldn’t call myself a staunch Trump supporter, but rather, just relieved that we won’t have another Democrat in the White House for another four years.  Four more years of depressive business growth, unfair trade deals and more taxes.

I think I speak here for most of the Trump supports:  I am a working American, I am not a bigot, a homophobe, xenophobe, sexist, racist or Islamaphobe.  Donald Trump is not a demagogue or someone who only appeals to popular desires or prejudices.  Sure, he may seem that way for a few, but I do not think this represents the majority of his supporters.  Simply, we have all gotten tired of the political status quo.

Patrons hold a sign as people march by while protesting the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in downtown Los Angeles, California U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni - RTX2SXRW
Patrons hold a sign as people march by while protesting the election of Republican Donald Trump as the president of the United States in downtown Los Angeles, California U.S., November 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni – RTX2SXRW

Without question, the people that are so bothered by his behavior are the very people that are the most vocal concerning social injustice.  Fueled by the ‘black lives matter” movement and acceptance of the LGBT community in the wake of our nations worst mass shooting in Orlando,Florida.

These are important issues, but are not really on the minds of most, hard working Americans focused on the business end of putting meat on the table.

Trump has a much broader appeal than the Democrats gave him credit for.  Not only does he represent the working class, but he also represents wealthier businesses who have been stifled by laws imposed during the Obama tenure.  This broad appeal is something Hilary Clinton did not see coming.

Consider the Carrier plant in Indiana for example.  Because of reasons that can be directly attributed to the Obama administrations lack of leadership and NAFTA ,  the company has considered moving over 2000 jobs to Monterrey, Mexico by 2017.  In fact, because of NAFTA, the U.S.-Mexico trade balance swung from a $1.7 billion U.S. surplus in 1993 to a $54 billion deficit by 2014. (Council on Foreign Relations Website).  This is just one of many examples of lost jobs, lost wages and companies moving abroad.

In fact, Obama would like to expand this type of “free-trade” to the rest of the world!

Now, our president elect is on a quest to keep the Indiana Carrier Plant open saving over 2000 jobs. (New York Times).  Of course, if a few of those protesting college students had taken some courses in economics . . . well you get the picture.

I have been so dumbfounded by the lack of leadership in the business sector over the past four years, that frankly, I would have voted for anyone BUT Hilary Clinton.  Not that I have anything against Hilary.  I comically wrote on her twitter feed:

“I’m sorry Hilary, but if you are running against Elmer Fudd, I will probably vote for Elmer.”

You see, for the Trump supporters, it didn’t really matter who was running.  His business experience and negotiating skills are certainly a plus, but Trump supporters voted against Hilary as much as we voted for Trump.  And Hilary’s treatment and inside railroading of Bernie Sanders didn’t help her cause.

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 9: A woman holds a sign explaining why she doesn't support Donald Trump during a gathering in Washington Square Park, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 9: A woman holds a sign explaining why she doesn’t support Donald Trump during a gathering in Washington Square Park, November 9, 2016 in New York City. Republican candidate Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election in the early hours of the morning in a widely unforeseen upset. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

It seems that most Americans, at least half anyway, have been smothered by a sort of governmental ineptness.  A loss of touch with the common man and woman of this working country.  I’m sorry, but Hilary was doomed by the failures of the Obama administration, plain and simple.

The Hilary camp was certainly blind-sided by this loss.  Hilary’s loss can also be attributed to her generalization of Trump supporters.   She underestimated the frustration many people had with the government, Obama care and the over-reach of governmental taxation, especially when it came to small business.  Small business is the backbone of this country.

Take for example what happened at the beginning of Obama’s second term.  He ran his second campaign largely against Romney on his promise to help small business.  So what does he do when he won the second term:  He promptly doubled the employment tax on small business and rolled out Obama care, a double-whammy in an already stagnating economy.

You see, us older, more conservative types have long memories.  I remember when Obama was re-elected for his second term.  Many Republicans were disappointed and upset, much like the Democrats are now.  But then again, we didn’t take to the streets and chant “not my president for a second time . . . please!”

There are a lot of people who see his win differently with hate-filled vile and disgust.  They see an orange-haired, pale-faced, rich man as their new president-elect.  Trump was called a racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe and Islamaphobe. (There may be more?)  These terms were perpetuated from the media and Democratic campaign, and we cannot forget it.  We can also not forget about the past eight years.

Many of the fears resonating within the protest community mirror the same fears laden against Donald Trump before he was elected.  The protest didn’t shed any new light on the present or future situation.  It may have felt good to vent fears and frustrations, but that is all.  Unfortunately, a few took this opportunity to partake in hooliganism.

Unfortunately, when Hilary dumped “half” of all Trump supporters into the famous “basket of deplorables” , this pretty much sealed her political fate.  For the first time in her campaign, she took a cue from Trump and spoke frankly.  We can certainly forgive her discretions as easily as we can forgive his.

de·plor·a·ble

[dəˈplôrəb(ə)l]
ADJECTIVE
deserving strong condemnation:
“the deplorable conditions in which most prisoners are held”
synonyms: disgraceful · shameful · dishonorable · unworthy
shockingly bad in quality:
“her spelling was deplorable”
synonyms: lamentable · regrettable · unfortunate · wretched
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Yet, we can all agree that Trump has also said things in the media that he probably shouldn’t.   He is certainly not a polished politician.  He is a crass business man.   It would be easy to forgive his rants considering the fact that on day one when he announced his run for presidency the media was dismissing him as a legitimate candidate.  But remember, the labeling of Trump was fueled by the media and it’s perception of him and was based largely on innuendo and insinuation, not complete fact.

The question now is: Will Donald Trump make a good president?  Maybe we can give him a chance?

So, after the election, the country is divided into staunch Trump supporters and Trump haters.   We are now seeing recounts, squabbles about cabinet positions and reminders that he did not win the popular vote.  All natural occurences in past elections.

How will it turn around?  News Flash, there will not be a mass deportation of Mexicans (16 million) in the United States (Obama has deported more Illegal residents than any other sitting president), Marriage equality will not be overturned, he will not ‘cozy up’ to white supremacy groups and LGBT rights will not be reversed.  The people of this country would not let that happen.  I know that many are upset that they will not have “free education”, but like all of us grown-ups already know:  Nothing is free.

And what are we really teaching our kids today?
And what are we really teaching our kids today?

What will be our message to our children and others?  Will we lead by intolerance or compassion and understanding?  What about forgiveness?  As seen in these raucous protests, I’m hopeful our children don’t grow up to divide the country or feel ashamed to be an American.

It’s curious how many of the protesters are ‘scared’ of what will happen now that Donald Trump is president.  Scared?  Really?   Consider our forefathers, the veterans and the people who have sacrificed their lives for freedom in this country.  We should wake up everyday and kiss the ground we walk on.

We have the right to protest.  Protest against injustice or inequality.  But should we be protesting a president-elect before he has even been given the chance to lead?

We can all learn from this divisiveness and remember Hilary’s campaign slogan:

Stronger Together 

Yes, we can all be stronger together after this election and strive to make America great once more (again).  We do not gain anything by protesting a president-elect.

“Look, we are stronger together. We are stronger together, in facing our internal challenges and our external ones.  We are stronger together if we work to improve the economy.  And that’s going to mean trying to get the Republicans to do what will actually help produce more jobs, like we saw in the 1990s.  We are stronger together when we have a bipartisan, even nonpartisan foreign policy that protects our country.  And that provides a kind of steady, strong, smart leadership that the rest of the world expects from us.” – Hilary Clinton (The Washington Post)

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11 thoughts on “A Defiant Nation

  1. Politicians make promises, some they keep and some they don’t. That’s to be expected. Like a typical politician, President Obama did not keep all his promises––that’s fair to say. The problem most people have with president-elect Trump is not that he is not a career politician, but that he has said and done very malicious things. As a writer you know how powerful words can be. You can’t normalized or dismiss some of the things he has said. He has revived Neo-Nazism and incited some white supremacists to attack fellow Americans simply because they are not of the same race or religion. That’s unacceptable. There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your race and heritage but that doesn’t mean that you have to hate others that are not like you.
    I accept Donald Trump as our president-elect, although the majority of Americans did not vote for him. It is what it is, but that doesn’t mean I have to like some of the things he has said and done.

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    1. Today, DT saved 1000+ jobs from going to Mexico and he is not even the sitting president. You have it partially right, Obama didn’t keep MANY of his promises and DT won almost half of the popular vote. In fact, if you take away some of the more populous cities, he won over 80% of the rural votes in America. But that is neither here nor there, he won the most electoral votes. Neo-Nazism has always been there and so has white supremacy. It’s a very small minority in this nation and DT has already disavowed them. They do not speak for him. You know, the campaign was very one sided, you have to admit. The media was against DT from the beginning, they didn’t take him seriously. He is a tremendouns business man and has serious negotiating skills and will take this country in a better direction. Obama care and his tax policies have basically destroyed small business and forced many larger businesses to leave the country. Nobody got it. He and the people out there in small business get it. These apes out there protesting (see my next post) are just blowing hot air. I agree, there is no excuse or reason to hate. Unfortunately, large parts of the black lives matter movement, the LGBT community and even some fellow republicans HATE Donald Trump. We all need to learn to forgive a little and give the guy a chance and move on. Obama had his 8 years and you didn’t hear a peep from rural Joe. We just tried to keep going and make ends meet. That is the beauty of a Democracy. It can’t live in a demagoguery, we must move past it and do what right.

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  2. Funny how no-one I know seems to have voted for Trump on account of his many attacks on the underprivileged. It’s as though all that sound and fury had no impact whatsoever. I guess it was his non-existent thoughts on policy. Certainly wasn’t his constant appeal to prejudice.

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      1. What do you call closing factories, sending jobs off to far-away countries, turning healthcare upside down and the list goes on. Yes, he didn’t destroy the country, he was just on his way there.

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      2. You tink outsourcing began under Obama? YOu write like he deliberately closed factories here. When he took over we were well on our way into a deep depression caused by the last reckless Republican administration. Obama did what he could to pull us out. He certainly didn’t fix all the countries problems, and there are plenty of arguments you could make about specific policies. When you pretend however that he was closing factories, as if that was his conscious intent, you are outright lying. Just like Trump does. Every time he speaks.

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