President of the USA – No Experience Required
I didn’t expect to be writing this blog post today. I had other plans and was going to blog later about something far more humdrum (you’ll have to wait for that one).
I just feel the need to express my feelings about the long-running saga of the US presidential elections which finally reached an end in the past few hours. With the election of Donald Trump and the mood I currently find myself in, I feel like this is not just the end of the election race, but the end of ‘civilised’ society as we know it.
Like Brexit on the 23rd June 2016, I think that I will remember the 9th November 2016 for a long time, well we will be living with the consequences for God knows how long. I’m shocked and disappointed that the woman I thought would win hasn’t won and instead the US has elected someone who lacks experience, judgement and above all humanity. How can this happen? Well I know that many political experts will tell me that this result and (indeed that of Brexit) are a result of a disenfranchised class, the guy in the street who doesn’t feel his voice is being heard. What I fail to comprehend is how that ‘ignored’ sector of society thinks that someone like Trump is going to put his concerns first, yes billionaire Trump who has not exactly been known as a philanthropist in his time.
I know that there are lots more reasons why this has happened, but again I am left with the sick feeling that I had back in June. When the results of Brexit came out, I was shocked and sad. I walked around my local town that day, internally scowling at everyone with the thought that they must be responsible for this disastrous decision. In my head I wondered whether the woman I passed in the street was joyful that ‘our country could be claimed back’ or that the man who delivered my post was glad to escape the rules ‘enforced’ upon us by Brussels.
I have that same sickened feeling today now that Trump has got what he wants. I feel like the world has stepped back over 60 or 70 years. Hatred and misunderstanding has created this situation, hatred that until now has been bubbling under the surface, but will continue to rise because America said yes to Trump. Some voters have been accused of racism. They might try to defend themselves and say that their vote wasn’t a racist decision though if you vote for someone who has the backing of the KKK there is little point in us having a conversation about racist motivation and voting. Besides, it’s not like that’s the only reason why I think that a vote for Trump is a disgrace.
The irony of Americans telling immigrants they can go back to where they belong. There isn’t a blog post long enough to justify the hypocrisy of this. And yet a vote for Trump has said that this is acceptable. A vote for Trump has told the world that you don’t care about others, it’s very much the ‘I’m alright, Jack’ philosophy that I have seen grow in the UK.
The human race has come so far in the past century alone and we have learned from our mistakes, or so I thought. Marginalised groups in our society have fought hard to be heard and to have the same rights as others. As a woman I can only wonder at the valiant efforts of others who fought for me to able to vote and express a view, to go out to work and be treated almost as an equal. Yet to me a vote for Trump tells me that perhaps we women should go back to the kitchen where we belong. All the rhetoric that has been paid to equality in my lifetime doesn’t really count for anything now, because that is all it is, rhetoric.
As with the Brexit vote, I am prepared to have a discussion and listen to the other side of the story. I would love to hear some valid reasoning behind a vote for Trump. I suspect that I won’t be having that conversation any time soon though. I’m still waiting for someone to justify Brexit to me. I don’t pretend to have the greatest understanding of US politics (and blimey, it certainly needs to reformed for a start). In spite of this,even I can see that someone who has little in the way of political experience and spouts hate and vitriol like Trump does isn’t going to be up to the task of running a country like the US without problems. And I say problems where I really mean disaster and chaos.
I don’t have all the answers, yet I was brought up to respect everyone regardless of race, creed, gender, sexual orientation and ability and I think that my humanity more than qualifies me to feel distraught about this result. People are beginning to ask ‘What does this mean for the US?’ ‘What does this mean for the world?’ The fact is none of us know, possibly not even Trump himself and that fills me with utter horror.
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