The Morning After

I’ve spent the last hour or so writing up this mad flurry of what went wrong, why it went wrong, and why both sides were beyond fucking stupid for not seeing it.  Everyone on the left is asking what went wrong.  Everyone on the right is asking what have we done.  Nobody wants to accept responsibility, and every last one of us is to blame.  That goes for all of us in this country who bitch and moan about every little pet cause domestically, dividing us further and further to the point where nothing can get accomplished.  And it goes for everyone across the world who has lived by the double standard of needing us to be there and complaining about everything we do while we’re there.  You know how this looks from the inside?  The world hates us, and we hate ourselves.  For those of us pathetically asking how it happened, THIS is how Trump got elected.  That perception is stitched on his stupid red trucker cap.  Perception defines reality.

That’s the problem.  This is why I’ve deleted everything I wrote.  And because nobody will take the blame, I’m going to just lay this out.  We get the government we deserve.  Fascism wraps itself in the colors of whatever nation it invades, often calling itself patriotism.

We did this to ourselves.  And we can undo the damage.  It requires education of how the system works, both nationally and globally.  It requires a willingness to do battle where it counts instead of with stupid memes on social media.  It requires a from-the-ground-up re-examination of our core moral beliefs.  None of this “left wing” and “right wing” bullshit.  The left wing is making blaming and shaming the right all the rage instead of actively doing things that matter while the right wing is building Frankenstein’s monster precisely out of fear and spite of what the left is doing.  It takes two wings to fly, dumbasses.  Our options are pulling out of a nosedive, or we continue inexorably into civil war, manipulated by FOX and CNN, who are providing emotional bullets and Molotov cocktails in the name of ratings.  That’s right, I said it.  The rest of the world doesn’t need to stop the monster before it gets out of control.  The monster isn’t the guy in the White House, not in the past administration, and not in the next one.  The monster is on the streets, in our cities and rural areas.  Anger and pettiness get us a second rate comic villain with delusions of grandeur.  Lip service to hope doesn’t do a damn thing.  You actually have to HAVE hope.  You have to demonstrate it.  You have to wield it as a sword and as a shield, to DO what must be done, with a knowledge of how to go about it so as not to injure yourself or your allies.  It requires compassion and empathy, but not to the point where you stagnate in fear of what others will think so as to do nothing.

All politics are local politics.  You want change?  First define what that is.  Don’t call out what it isn’t.  That’s the kind of crap that led us to here.  It’s a two-party disease that gets people to vote against someone for desperate reasons instead of for someone for reasons you can believe in.  Figure out what you want, put down your video game controller or your remote control, set a plan of action, and then work towards achieving it.  Instead of assuming that all is doomed with the only options of putting your head in the sand or a gun in your hand, look around you with an eye towards setting things legitimately on the path towards “better,” however you define that.  Give it a think.  What does better mean to you?  How do you go about it?  Don’t know?  Talk to people around you.  Talk to people in different walks of life and see what they think.  Instead of arguments about pet causes, try have conversations about raising the tide for all boats.  Identify problems and start seeking workable solutions instead of grousing further about the problems.

Things are chaotic right now.  There is opportunity in chaos.  Trump’s campaign just proved it to everyone, like it or not.  If somebody like that can do it, why not the rest of us?  It requires education, understanding, individual dedication, and group effort.

This post-election exercise of my First Amendment right to freedom of speech has been brought to you by coffee-fueled exasperation.  Later on, I may find something more intelligent to say, with a more intelligent way to say it, but at least I got this off my chest.  Now I’m going to follow through on my own advice and start figuring out what I can do as a Citizen of the United States of America to do my part before someone says I have no more rights.

Einstein famously said, “The most important decision we make is whether we believe we live in a friendly or hostile universe.”  We’ve already chosen it to be hostile.  Nobody said we couldn’t make a different choice.  Choose to make a positive difference out there.

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