Under the Trump administration the world has been plagued by ignorant, offensive and obnoxious things 45 has said & tweeted. Each one at some degree of incredulousness in its own way.
Like it or not, the fact remains that Donald Trump, his family and his fellow republican colleagues have indeed made America Great again.
With the exception of the few who’ve recently had to re-think & choose between their political party or principle, America did become great again for the Greedy, the Racists, Bigots, Liars, Tax Cheaters, Abusers, Muslim haters, Homophobes, Narcissists, Vile, Ignorants, Illiterates, Hatefuls, Dishonests, Sexists, Hypocrites, Bullies & Entitled white & coloured privilege. Yes, all of them together, one big basket of Deplorables.
The deeply disturbing sense of renewed brazen assurance, confidence & lack of shame that America’s 45th president is only too happy to encourage without any regard for the destructive and divisive nature of his words. But while Trump may not seem to care of what the people’s opinions are of him, he does understand the level of influence the oval office has afforded him.
Setting aside the republican political agenda of LGBTQ rights, Immigration reform & Abortion rights, Trump’s unconventional third world country style of leading dismantled the US Pandemic response theme resulting in the USA “winning ” at having the most Corona virus cases in the world! The entire mask nay sayer debacle seemed poetic justice with many republicans including Trump and those closest to him falling victim to said virus.
Donald Trump’s antics incites feelings of anger, hate and violence on both sides of the ethical aisle- one side is outraged at the incomprehensible behavior by Trump & the other is in all legitimising systematic racist & social injustices that America has been working to overcome & eradicate for over 100 years. A scar on our democracy.
The fact that despite everything Trump has done, half of the United States of America being quick to buy whatever he is selling is both frightening and telling. Donald Trump’s America, which is sadly half of the American population seems to share in dangerous rhetoric which threatens our democracy- Political polarisation, conflict over who should belong as a member of the political community, high and growing economic inequality, and excessive executive power-
What bothers me even more is having to question whether half of America has a beating heart, and whether she can survive without it. Whether this half of America is capable of having empathy, or just basic human decency for their fellow Americans. Where is the logic & common sense?
What’s probably worse is that shockingly Trumps’ base is not limited to uneducated whites, but it includes educated blacks, browns, Asians, Indians and latino folks. Many of whom are here because they too fled dictatorship, communism or third world country politics and economies in search of betterment in America.
Every shade of brown, with a myriad of immigrant ancestry stories account for a high percentage of Trump supporters. Sadly, these supporters are willing to overlook Trumps attacks on their own communities because their political views are influenced by religious and cultural beliefs pertaining to LGBTQ & Abortion policies. All of the Trump supporters I spoke with were not shy to confirm this.
How unfortunate that despite 4years of a Trump presidency, republicans are still blind to the deeply disturbing pattern & rhetoric by the world’s most powerful leader. In my opinion that speaks so much more about them than anything which could be said about him. Had they held him accountable from the start, our present state of affairs would not be where it is today.
None in American politic have ever been at this level of polarising.
With an election so consequential, its’ importance had the world watching us. Because of republicans America became a spectacle, another Trump reality show where in this one Trump is the one getting fired! Not only our allies & adversaries of foreign governments were tuned in but their citizens were also tuning in and they were not shy to make their opinions known! Some of them reasonable & logical, while others were downright atrocious influenced by fake, edited information circulating on social media., a result of which led to some deep, eye opening conversations with friends & families from both sides of the political aisle.
Sensible human beings can appreciate the exchanging of ideas, with a rational and pragmatic openness & understanding which look at things through different lenses & helps us to have informed views. However, there will always be the few on both sides of the political isle who are arrogant, stubborn, set in their ways and have no room for accommodating a different angle or perspective from what they believe.
Anyone with Trump’s degree of incompetence, low level of principles and morals belonging to any political party would not be getting my vote!
In American Elections the only voices heard are that of American Citizens. In 2020 more American Votes than ever echoed what we had to say when the BIDENHARRIS team won.
A man who was bullied as a boy because of his disability, who has dealt with loss & grief many times over became an American president.
A black woman, the Jamaican Indian daughter of immigrants broke the glass ceiling for coloured women & girls past present & future.
…it sends the message that a record number of Americans banded together in the middle of a pandemic to oppose the persistence of diminishing our democracy. And that is powerful!
I can’t say what the future holds for my friendship, but what I do know for now is that this friendship is on hold because this election was not just about a difference of opinion, it was about human decency & basic human rights which it seems affects everyone differently depending on their ethnicity, economic & social status. I expect there are other Americans in similar circumstances contemplating and re-evaluating family ties & friendships after this election, but in the end the only thing that matters is this:
In American Elections the only voices to be heard will be that of American Citizens! In 2020 more American Votes than ever echoed what we had to say when the BIDENHARRIS team won.
– a man who was bullied as a boy because of his disability, who has dealt with loss & grief many times over, and a black woman, the Jamaican Indian daughter of immigrants who broke the glass ceiling for colored women & girls past present & future-
it sends the message that a record number of Americans banded together far & wide, in the middle of a pandemic to oppose the persistence of diminishing our democracy. And that is powerful!