On November 8,2016, the United States of America achieved a historic milestone. It elected as its president the first openly racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, narcissistic, wannabe dictator. A majority of the American people [UPDATE: Clinton won the popular vote] voted for an ignorant, unbalanced, pathological liar (see the Trump Bullshitopedia) who made childish insults and hate speech the centerpiece of his campaign. Donald Trump will now prepare to take up residence in the White House and proceed to make America an international embarrassment.
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To get there he defeated Hillary Clinton, perhaps the most experienced candidate to ever run for the office. She herself would have been a historic milestone as the first woman president. Apparently it didn’t matter that Americans regarded Trump as dishonest and temperamentally unfit to be president. They still favored him over a qualified woman, proving that male privilege continues to dominant the national culture.
Trump’s Frightful Agenda
So for its poor judgment, America can now look forward to the Trump agenda that consists of an array of idiotic and/or unachievable promises:
- A wall along the southern border. Mexico pays.
- ISIS defeated quickly and easily.
- A dozen women getting sued by the President for reporting sexual assault.
- ObamaCare repealed and replaced.
- Eleven million undocumented immigrants rounded up by deportation force.
- Outlaw abortion and punish women.
- Guns everywhere.
- Muslims prohibited from entering the U.S.
- Hillary Clinton? Lock her up!
- Threaten the media with loosened libel laws and lawsuits.
- Cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy.
- End all crime in the cities.
- Disband NATO.
- Cease all efforts to mitigate climate change.
- Appoint more conservatives to the Supreme Court.
- Shadow president Vladimir Putin.
Speaking of Putin, we have him to thank for our president-elect. Along with his accomplices Julian Assange and FBI director James Comey, there was a successful coup against the United States. Clinton’s defeat can be directly tied to Russia’s interference in our election. By stealing private documents, publishing them online, and fomenting fake allegations of criminality, this cabal swayed enough voters to surrender our national sovereignty to hostile foreign powers. Congratulations.
An Incomprehensible Truth
There will many eulogies delivered today, along with some attempts to rekindle a strained fighting spirit. But there remains an unshakable reality that much of the progress we achieved over the last eight years (eighty years?) is destined for a ruinous reversal. Under the circumstances it’s hard to hold our heads up. At least for today. But this day will pass and the duty we have to our children, our planet, our future, must be honored. So grieve, rest, and then rise up with a roar. There isn’t any other alternative.