Let me be clear: I didn't vote for Donald Trump. I didn't vote for Hillary Clinton, either; I didn't think either candidate would be a good president. I wanted to say this up front because I'm sure I'll see a bunch of reactionary comments about how I "love" Trump based on my observations. I don't love Trump and I'm not a Republican. Try to remember this, m'kay?
Okay, for a while now, I've seen the U.S. going in very much the wrong direction. Even though I'm an independent and I don't believe in rash generalizations, nor do I believe in assigning all blame to one political party, I think it's clear who's at fault. I mean, if a country is going in the shitter, it's only logical to blame the people in power, right? And nobody can deny that the Democrats have been in power for a while, and the Obama administration has only managed to foster more divisiveness, more fear and anxiety, less American pride, etc. I'm not saying he was a terrible president; I'm just saying his, and the approach of Democrats and liberals in general, is just critically flawed.
Flawed, as in, hugely hypocritical. Aren't these people supposed to be supportive and caring and open-minded and all that? Aren't they the ones lecturing everyone about the importance of going out to vote and how well the democratic process works? Don't they supposedly fight for the rights of everyone? I always thought it was pretty clear and to some extent, this is what they really do.
But over the years, things have gone haywire. This one political group has overstepped big time. They've long since stopped suggesting; they have been telling everyone how to act, what to say, even what to think, because it's not merely their opinion anymore...it's fact. It's a "fact" that if you don't agree with gay marriage, you're an uneducated neanderthal and you don't even deserve to have an opinion. If you speak out against the immigration problems, you're not making any valid claims about protecting a populace; you're just racist (as if that has anything to do with it). And throughout this election, if you supported Trump, you're nothing but a dangerous bigot.
Plain and simple, Democrats have been pushing this message for years now: If you're on the left side, you're educated, enlightened, progressive, kindhearted, and socially responsible. If you're on the right side, you're stupid, narrow-minded, laughably old-fashioned, racist, sexist, cold-hearted and greedy. The worst part is, the media has picked this up and run with it, thereby ingraining these stereotypes so deeply into our heads that people really were starting to see these as "facts."
A whole lot of the country made it clear in this election that they're just sick and tired of the whole mess. Despite the Democrats and liberals getting all the media attention, despite their fear-mongering and essentially saying the Republican and conservative political party is dead or dying, more than half the country rose up and said, "NO." None of this has been true, has never been true, and we're sick of being stereotyped, marginalized, and totally and completely dominated by this severe leftist agenda, which, by the way, isn't working.
And what happens? Trump wins and the Democrats start showing their true colors. The hypocrisy and double-standards immediately leap to the forefront. There's grief counseling at schools, did you know that? Would we have had grief counseling if Clinton won? Universities suspended classes and exams so students could better "cope" with what happened. Protesters - or rather, rioters, which is really what they were - stormed the streets, in one giant Trumper-tantrum, primarily because they didn't get their way. Violence and more manipulation. Trying to make us believe that the election was a catastrophe and academia should treat it as a catastrophe and actually tell students it's a catastrophe...? They should all be fired, every last one of those idiot administrators and professors.
This heavy-handed way of forcing their agenda down our throats has backfired, and now they're reacting in a way they would undoubtedly condemn if Republicans/conservatives reacted this way if Clinton won. Plain and simple, straight-up hypocrisy. They haven't been interested in equality for a very long time; they only care about preferential treatment and bias, and this is just wrong.
Trump could be extremely problematic. He could, on the other hand, fix a lot of things. Either way, I have my concerns and I'm not about to turn Republican now. I'll be independent forever because there are just too many flaws in each of the two main parties. But I do believe the Democrats absolutely needed a wake-up call, they needed to fall in defeat, because it felt like we were a tweak away from our freedom of speech being compromised. "Say whatever you want...so long as it doesn't offend anyone and if anyone does take offense, you have to shut up." Nazi-esque, no?
Americans value their freedom, they really do. And at least half of them have been feeling shackled for a long time, watching in consternation as the country gets decimated, and all the while the same regime is trying to tell us that this is the "right way." This is why Trump won and while hardly the best option for this - or any - country, nobody should be all that surprised he's there. This is what happens when you try to rule with an iron fist, Democrats...that's exactly what you've been doing and exactly why I used the word "hypocrisy." The very thing you're supposed to be against is the very thing you've been doing.
This Trump guy scares me sometimes. But even as a woman, he doesn't disgust me as much as the one-sidedness and hypocrisy of a certain unbelievably egotistical political group that, thankfully, lost.