The Number 1 Toxin That Affects Our Health: Trump and The Broken Pillars That Gave Way to His Presidency.
This election has, I think, affected us all in many different ways so I wanted to share some thoughts that I hope will appease your hearts while inspire you to channel your frustration in a meaningful way. I would love to hear what you think so feel free to comment.
My head has been turning as I tried to understand what just happened to this country. But the more I listen to Trump supporters, the more I came to see how layered this problem we face is. Democrats, including myself, have been devastated by the outcome. I have heard so many people ask, including myself, how could it ever be possible to respect or care for a Trump supporter. I think that question is the precisely what is feeding into our shock, anger and sadness: we are responding to this outcome as a surprising letdown by our fellow citizens; we are looking at Trump supporters as the enemy we had been sleeping with. But it’s the “how could you?” blame that is really hurting us: it’s making us feel betrayed by the other half we thought we were united with. But after having heard from so many Trump supporters, I have come to realize that we all— and maybe even “specifically the Democrats”— are so wrong, on many different levels.
Trump is a disgrace. Punto y basta! However, his nomination is not necessarily telling of the racism, sexism and phobias in this country. Rather, I think it is telling of how poor our education system and media are, and these terribly broken pillars are what is bringing to surface the issues that are ripping this country apart. Trump supporters are not the problem and they are not the ones we democrats should fear or despise. Hating them and feeling disgusted with this other half whom we thought we were united with, is anger misplaced. And the fact that we have misplaced our anger derails us from addressing—with urgency—the real issues we are up against.
Our Horrible Education System--broken pillar #1: Trump spoke of women in crude disparaging ways. He made fun of the physically challenged, and expressed xenophobia to the point of inciting hate. Time and time again he has proven to be unqualified to lead this country, not only because of his significant lack of experience but also because of his lack of poise and diplomacy, and because of his inability to listen and negotiate peacefully. Did I not say he was a disgrace? Those who voted for him, however, were not voting for him because of deep seeded misogyny, racism or xenophobia. But nor were they voting against him because of those isms and phobias he represented. Why? Because when you look at who voted for Trump, you can also see that those are same people whose lives are not significantly affected by misogyny, racism or xenophobia. Therefore, they cannot always relate. It is not their fault if their lives have not been touched by the disheartening impact of discrimination. Nor is it the fault of women if they have been subjugated to sexism all their lives that they cannot tell the difference between what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior. It is, however, the fault of our education system for failing to teach the real historical journey of all those who make up this country. We hear of racism; we hear of sexism, we are taught about nationalism / patriotism, but we are never taught about their devastating impact on the people it targets, nor on the community, nor on the nation as a whole. So can you really be angry at a woman, for example, for not coiling upon hearing of Trump’s pussy-grabbing remarks? What is sad is that our education system doesn’t teach compassion or empathy, nor does it prepare us to live in a true democracy—how could it when our education system is based on an 18th century pedagogy that prepares children of the ruling class to sustain that class.
Trump is a disgusting pig with EXTREMELY scary national, international, and environmental policies. But our sensationalized media preferred to cover rumors and other unsubstantiated stories of each candidate. And this is the Broken Pillar #2. Mainstream media could have very well enlightened us all to what each candidate’s intentions were. If the media had spent more time presenting facts on how each candidate’s proposed policies would affect each of us, then maybe Trump wouldn’t be president. Instead, Trump supporters got their skewed information from Republican advocates, and Hillary supporters got theirs from Democrats. And with such controversial information pouring in from both sides, it's no wonder why we could not and cannot see eye to eye. Though it is true that Trump painted his own portrait for us all to see with our very own eyes (a disgusting portrait at that) he managed to appeal to many because he met a need that we Democrats were completely oblivious to. And because of mainstream media, we are all assuming that those who voted pro-Trump are racist and sexist bigots, and that is what is causing all this anxiety and fear. But it’s simply not true, and it’s not fair. Had the media done it’s job reporting the real issues that affect us all, we would have learned that one of the few reasons why many voted for Trump was because people felt he represented the working class—his crass ways, while it raised a red flag for us Hillary supporters, it was like a breath of fresh air to others from the archaic politics that have been governing this country. They were sick and tired of Wall Street’s influence in the White House; they were sick and tired of losing their jobs—something that we democrats (some actually) can relate to, after all, isn’t that why many of us voted for Bernie?
Unfortunately, our broken education system has not taught us proper economics, which would have allowed all to critically understand how economic growth really works; we would know, for example, that Mexicans are really not the threat to our economy. Trump, however, the cruel heathen, has played on people’s fear of losing their jobs to instill xenophobia; he has also played on their vulnerability to create promises that he cannot hold. But without a proper education system, and with corrupt media, how could one know the difference? Trump supporters are not the enemy. They are victims of blatant lies. And so too are we Democrats.
I am not denying the presence of racists, sexists and xenophobes; I am most certain that there are many bigots who relished hearing Trump’s disdain for brown immigrants and Muslims, for example. But to assume that these people exist only amongst the Republicans is dangerously false and quite arrogant. Moreover, it avoids recognizing the real problem in this country. Corruption is alive and well at all levels of society—and it needs to be addressed. But, those orchestrating political corruption are both the Democrat and Republican white supremacists— that’s why we lost Bernie. And we Democrats need to stop pretending that everyone who voted for Hillary shared the same values as the working class, as the poor masses that need excellent & affordable healthcare, or as the LGBTs who want legal recognition to exist as equal citizens. We need to stop talking about white supremacy as if it only existed amongst Trump supporters because white supremacy exists within and throughout this corrupt system. All Democrats do not have the same vested interest. We are falsely aligning ourselves with all within one political party, all of a sudden assuming a shared identity with every Democrat, when in fact there are many who voted for Hillary because of their own vested interests in Wall Street.
Mainstream media, has kept us from knowing each other. It is what divides us while Hollywood draws us together through a fantastical identity, creating an illusion of oneness that really does not exit. We are divided and weak. Yet, as a Nation we gloat with strength, boasting of Nationalist pride. But the truth is, we all live in our own bubble. And if there is one thing we must take away from this election, it’s how little we know our neighbor. So on what grounds are we really united? Our shock at “what America revealed about its constituents” really should not have shocked us had we had a proper education system and a media we could rely on. But the layers of lies we are told at school and through the media has kept us blind to the needs of each other—yet we stride with pride when it comes to foreign policies; we stride with pride when we want to vilify an external group of people; we stride with pride when we want to bribe other countries to follow development modules that fit our own economic growth agenda. But today, the turmoil that spurred in the aftermath of Trump’s election has only exposed how un-united we really are. The outrage and fear that came out of this election is what I think, a visceral response from the subconscious of the collective, which knows how deeply wounded this country is, and we can no longer afford to fake it! The real battle is, therefore, not–unlike most think—about the political divide between Republican citizens and Democratic citizens; it’s a battle between all of us who have been manipulated and lied to vs. the corrupt and archaic system of oligarchy and bourgeois Democracy. It is that system that controls our channels of information and ensures that we stay misinformed, not the individual who voted for Trump.
I write this not because I am in any way in denial of the detrimental impact Trump’s presidency will have on US citizens and non-citizens alike. I am sickened to my stomach by what my children will face as the ecosystem erodes under Trump’s careless governance. I am saddened by the amount of anger his presence incites. I am scared that some will take advantage of Trump’s antagonism to breed or fuel even more hate unto the "other", whether it be women, the physically challenged, LBGT, immigrants, African Americans or the poor. I am embarrassed to have to call this vehement human my president. But to turn our backs onto all Trump supporters alike without understanding why they voted for him is damaging to our sanity. We need to summon our strength and direct it at fixing the broken pillars.
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