Lots of people on this nation really feel like this proper now:
And even this:
I really feel ya.
It’s loads to soak up. President Trump. The man who mentioned all these issues over the past 18 months is our president, and probably the most highly effective particular person on the planet, for the subsequent 4 years. 4 years is a very long time. On the finish of which, there shall be one other Donald Trump marketing campaign. That is somebody we’re going to need to get used to.
Lots of people are scared proper now, for lots of causes.
However at this very second, there are additionally lots of People who really feel like this:
These folks aren’t scared about what occurred final night time—they’re elated, and relieved, and grateful.
And although it in all probability feels unintuitive to most readers of this weblog, it seems that there are simply as many people who find themselves thrilled by final night time’s election as there are people who find themselves devastated by it. For each single American who voted for Hillary yesterday and who watched final night time’s occasions unfold in horror, there’s one other American on the market who rejoiced. It’s a 1-to-1 ratio.
Hillary supporters are going to undergo a bunch of levels of grief earlier than they lastly attain acceptance. I’ve already gone by about 9 levels myself—and I’ve come out of them with two important ideas:
1) This isn’t as unhealthy because it appears.
2) This can be a second for reflection.
Let’s focus on #1 first. Studying the web all through the night time, I noticed Hillary supporters saying lots of fairly dramatic issues, and I believe all of us must take it down only a notch. Some examples of issues I’m seeing:
“I’m shifting to Canada.”
You and I each know your ass isn’t going anyplace. To begin with, Canada doesn’t need you. Secondly, that is nonetheless an important nation you need to be happy with. Extra on that in a bit.
“She received the favored vote. This technique is so fucked.”
Yup. The system is dumb. But when Hillary misplaced the favored vote and received the electoral vote, you’d be advantageous with it. You possibly can’t protest a system solely once you lose.
“We’ll by no means have a feminine president.”
I don’t consider that for a second and I don’t assume you do both. Hillary didn’t lose as a result of she’s a lady. She misplaced as a result of Hillary is unhealthy at campaigning and since Trump had a message that resonated with lots of people and she or he didn’t. The nation is unbelievably able to elect a lady as its president and I wouldn’t be stunned if it occurs within the subsequent election or the one after. And it’ll be so superior every time it occurs.
“Trump has no concept find out how to be a world chief.”
He certain doesn’t. However consider it this fashion: the US govt department must have experience in about 1,000 issues, and no president comes into workplace as an knowledgeable in additional than a tenth of these issues. The president’s job is to herald a big staff of consultants to fill within the 90% that she or he doesn’t find out about. For Trump, possibly that quantity is 98% as a substitute of 90%. However our govt department shall be run by a big group of individuals, not simply Trump, and as an entire they’ll have all of the experience of every other administration. Positive, the president has lots of say and does have a big quantity of particular person energy, and that’s a bit terrifying on the subject of Trump—however I’m inspired by each his expertise operating a big, complicated firm and his surprisingly grownup selection of Pence as a operating mate. I’d predict that President Trump is all about surrounding himself with consultants who know very effectively find out how to run the chief department.
“Holy shit the Supreme Court docket.”
For those who care passionately about socially liberal values, it is a truthful factor to be tremendous upset about. Nevertheless it’s additionally sort of an anticipated actuality. Bush Sr. appointed two justices. So did Clinton. So did Bush Jr. So did Obama. And it’s traditionally uncommon for one occasion to carry the White Home for greater than two phrases, so historical past exhibits that we’re sort of in line for a pair conservative justices. There shall be one other liberal in workplace earlier than too lengthy who will appoint extra liberal justices. Sure, the entire Merrick Garland factor was maddening should you’re a social liberal, however general, the actual fact is that you just reside in a democracy the place half of the individuals are socially conservative—so that is actuality. Have a look at the brilliant facet—Trump isn’t particularly socially conservative, so his appointees will not be both.
America didn’t die. In actual fact, what occurred final night time is America being very a lot alive. Half the nation felt ignored and offended and disenfranchised and so they wrested management of the federal government from the folks they felt ignored by. That’s how democracy works. It’s an uncomfortable compromise the place half the nation is appalled by who the president is always. Obama’s elections made tens of hundreds of thousands of individuals really feel the identical means.
Now granted, that is an uncommon case. Trump is additional appalling. A lot in order that a lot of his personal occasion is appalled by him. That’s uncommon. Nevertheless it’s common the place it counts—he obtained about the identical variety of votes as Hillary and ended up successful fairly large within the electoral school. That makes him no much less legit a president than anybody previously.
Secondly, a much bigger level: nobody particular person has the facility to RIP America, it doesn’t matter what they do. America is larger than you or me, and America is way, a lot greater than Donald Trump. America is a 320-million-person melting pot, run by a authorities made up of 1000’s of individuals working inside a twisty, convoluted set of branches, dominated by a 240-year-old instruction booklet that particularly makes it not possible for anyone dick to experience a wave of populist anger right into a place the place he can RIP America. America is un-RIP-able, at the least by the palms of any president.
America survived a civil warfare, slavery, two world wars, a handful of crippling recessions, 9/11, and an entire lot of actually shitty presidents—and it’ll survive Donald Trump.
“However Trump can nonetheless do an enormous quantity of harm.”
Sure he can. And that sucks. However each president can do lots of injury, and lots of of them do, and we’re nonetheless standing. And bear in mind, the president is critically restricted in what he can do with out the approval of different components of the federal government, so he’s unlikely to have the ability to perform something that loopy.
On the plus facet, it’s somewhat simplistic to imagine that each concept Trump has is horrible. Trump has some good concepts and a few refreshing concepts. He could also be excellent in some areas. He’s nerve-wracking for certain, however let’s take a look at the total image.
“Simple so that you can say, white male blogger. I’m brown and I don’t really feel protected right here anymore.”
Right here’s what I’ll say to that:
This nation had your again yesterday and it’ll have your again tomorrow. America isn’t the president and it’s not the federal government—it’s 320 million folks, and people folks haven’t modified. Virtually each ethnicity of American was in some unspecified time in the future within the position of unwelcome immigrant, and I believe there’s a deep ethos of acceptance that pervades every little thing—an ethos Donald Trump can’t contact. Positive, there are many racists and xenophobes—the US is a troubled place on the subject of race, faith, and ethnicity—however I don’t see Trump’s election as proof that there’s some rising people-phobia pattern occurring. Which jogs my memory of one other factor I maintain seeing:
“I hate everybody who voted for Trump—these silly, racist, xenophobic fucks.”
Once more, that’s a reasonably simplistic means to have a look at issues. This election was about way more than the actually nasty issues Trump mentioned throughout the marketing campaign. To begin with, Trump received in areas the place Obama was strongest amongst white voters—i.e. folks unracist sufficient to vote for a black president. Secondly, Trump did surprisingly effectively with Latino voters. This isn’t so simple as the media portrays it to be. Trump did say shameful issues, and he positively received over some very hateful folks by doing so. However he additionally stood for lots extra than simply these issues. In many individuals’s minds, he stood for hope and alter—the identical actual factor Obama stood for for hundreds of thousands of voters in 2008.
Individuals vote for hope and alter after they’re in ache. After I watched the election final night time, I didn’t see a bunch of assholes voting to be hateful, I noticed a bunch of individuals going by lots of struggling hoping for one thing higher.
Which is why, should you’re a Hillary supporter, along with this being a time for disappointment and frustration, it must also be a time for reflection. Half your nation voted for Trump. Over 50 million folks—folks with children and fogeys and jobs and canines and calendars on their wall with piano classes and medical doctors appointments and birthday events written within the squares. Full, three-dimensional individuals who voted for what they hope shall be a greater future for themselves and their household.
So yeah, we’re gonna have to have a look at Trump’s face loads for a bunch of years, and that’s a disgrace. And he may do some actually shitty issues. And it’s truthful to be actually upset about having a man like Trump representing you on the planet and anxious about how the nation will fare below his administration. But when we need to make the very best of this, we have to ask a query: Why did these 50 million folks vote for Trump?
Attempting to unravel that query will assist us study from the previous and get higher.
And bear in mind—that is hardly the primary time half of America has been apoplectic concerning the lunatic they only elected as their president. And we’ve all the time survived. And we’ll right here too.
Three days later, my follow-up publish to this one.
Wish to really feel hopeful? Examine Elon.
Or one thing a lot greater than all of this.
Or watch this video.
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