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Trump outrage

Here’s what bothers me about liberal friends’ outrage at Donald. Donald Trump and his rise to President is the epitome of American culture and society. The ideas and tools we have developed as a nation, the pursuits we have embraced, all lead to this moment in time. There is no other future that could have come about, based on our past. If we wanted something else Now, we needed to make bigger changes Then.

To me, that’s the obvious. Fifteen years ago, I was the hotheaded youth involved in every protest and direct action. Time goes on and I wasn’t effective enough to create the changes I envisioned in my heart. Parenthood bestowed upon me responsibilities too immediate to neglect. So I get it. I know why we put aside idealism and fell in line with the status quo. I’ve walked that path. My shoes, too, are worn and thin-soled.

I’m irked by the outrage and angst being expressed by my peers over the extensive failings of the Trump Presidency. I just can’t get fired up about it. Because I believe the writing has been on the wall all along. This is not surprising or shocking to me. It’s really just more of the same.

“This is different” they say, “this is worse” they say, “Hillary would have been better” they say. So fucking what? Cry me a river. Better than extremely bad isn’t good. It’s still bad.

No wonder this Trump fool is our President. Everywhere I look in American popular culture I see materialism, hedonism, and greed to an absurd degree. I’m disgusted by it. I always have been. Mostly I have denounced and rejected it. But I am not infallible. I have been romanced by certain temptations. I still drive a car every day, for example. I won’t pretend that I am not also part of the problem. At the end of the day, my sacrifices and virtues do not make me better than the next person. We are all human.

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4 comments on “Trump outrage

  1. mitchteemley
    October 27, 2017

    Painful. Honest. True.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. frederick anderson
    October 23, 2017

    Well said, sir! There’s nothing more loathsome than virtuous indignation…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. helen meikle's scribblefest
    October 16, 2017

    Being an alien, I am not supposed to comment here on American politics, but sometimes I can’t help myself because first, what America does affects us all, and secondly, human nature is endlessly fascinating and this is human nature in action, so I hope you’ll forgive me.
    I wasn’t surprised when Trump won. It seemed to me a vote against a status quo that so many felt was letting them down. But I was also horrified and my reaction was, ‘You let it happen, America, so what are you going to do about it?’
    I got into trouble for that, but i’m afraid it’s still the way it seems to me. Trump is the result of years of inequality (the gap between rich and poor in America is the greatest in the world; the child poverty rate is the second highest in the developed world), the stranglehold big money has on American politics and a system where gerrymandering is legal so the popular vote doesn’t necessarily win.
    So your post struck a huge chord with me. The thing that distresses me now is that however horrified people seem to be they are also resigned. Isn’t this supposed to be the world’s greatest democracy? The world’s best example of ‘government by the people’? I’m not seeing it.

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  4. latskojerry
    October 16, 2017

    I agree here about 94 per cent. A liberal to me is someone who wants the revolution today as long as it has no direct effect on his or her life. I have been scolded for voting for Sanders as much as I was scolded for voting for Nader. The fact that anyone believes that life would be better with the Clintons only means that their lives are so comfortable with the status quo that they would rather have an asshole like Trump in office and just bitch about it than really get involved with change. But the fact of the matter is that if we truly were living in a democracy then it wouldn’t really matter much who was president because we the people would be in charge of our own affairs. Where I differ from what you wrote is that it is really a change of perception and attitude that is needed. We all need to let go of the myth that we are free people and that all we have to do is vote in elections in order to fulfill our responsibilities as citizens. We need to stop just reacting to all the bullshit put forth by politicians and the controlled media who both represent the ruling, wealthier than the rest of the world put together, class and encourage our children to reject materialism and false values. But, we have excuses, and I use them daily. We are so enslaved by trying to survive economically that we can’t take time to organize. Also, experience has shown us that organizing is often very difficult because we rightfully fear rejection, economic retaliation, imprisonment, and death. The system puts up with dissent only so long as it doesn’t really threaten to cause real change, at which point your ass becomes grass. On that cheery note I will thank you for your piece.

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