I would like to personally breathe some fresh air into my snark-soaked Twitter feed and maybe even yours by coming out as a guy with some normal, middle of the road opinions of today's politics. The world tells us that we either have to be hard left or hard right, but that just isn't the case. I believe that there are many people out there that agree. (but maybe I'm totally wrong)
If you didn't know, our president-elect had a press conference this week, and it was pretty...um...nuts.
I'm not going to lie, I got some pleasure out of this. If this administration is going to be anything, it'll be great television. That said, after getting some laughs out of it, I snapped out of it, and realized that he's our next president.
There's a reason for that: Obama created such a thirst for change because he, himself is a super arrogant liberal who wanted to put down the right any chance he could get. The right responded with a super arrogant...something (definitely not a conservative) as a way to strike back at the past 8 years of bad leadership.
My mom told me recently something that I can't get out of my head, and I believe was something extremely wise: As humans, we always tend to over-correct.
Trump is 100% an over-correction.
Conservatives have had a rough 8 years, and it's fostered a great anger. Instead of voting for someone a little more lukewarm and level-headed, we vote for the candidate that satisfies our primal desires and says what we've all been thinking (whether or not he means them). As a conservative, I completely understand why someone would vote for Trump. Obama has been president since I was 16 years old, so all these socialist, liberal ideas are all I've heard my adult life. The housing crash in '08 happened, ISIS was formed, and freedoms have been taken away during this administration. It's been rough.
At this point, however, I have more of a beef with Republicans than anything else. Republicans have begun stooping to the same sorts of tactics that Democrats have been using for the past few years. I've always had distain for liberal preachy-ness: if I sense that you've shared some pretentious Medium article about how I'm racist or how Trump-supporters are a bunch of dumb rednecks, my eyes just roll uncontrollably.
That said, the right hasn't been much better.
It's videos like the one above that makes me cringe, because there's a huge chunk of people cheering him on. (To be fair, if I was slanderously accused of golden-showering on prostitutes I would go all "Game of Thrones" on everyone's asses) There's a sort of abrasiveness that the mainstream right possesses that loves this kind of treatment of the left. I've seen the term "snowflake" when referring to whiny liberals, which is painful. Trump isn't setting any sort of example that is going to diminish that sort of thinking, either.
Tomi Lahren for example, has been in the news alot lately. Unfortunately, in many liberals' minds, she is the definition of what all conservatives are.
She is grossly abrasive and arrogant, but she's really sticking it to those snowflakes. (What's funny is that I don't know a single liberal that watches The Blaze, so she's only really talking to people that agree with her, which makes it more painful) What happened to catching flies with honey? There are conservatives and liberals who are cordial to each other somewhere, but the only ones we're gonna see on the internet or on tv are the ones that are like Tomi Lahren. And you wonder why we are so divided as a nation?
This sort of name-calling and belittlement was the problem with the left, but since now both sides are belittling and name-calling, it's only going to get worse.
What happens when the inevitable over-correction to Trump gets elected? How is that going to work?
I watch Trump and the generally snarky attitude of the right (which i have been guilty of myself) and I see sore winners. I'm an adult with no kids, but I think about my niece who's going to grow up watching Donald Trump be president and wonder how she'll be shaped by that. I wonder how many parents, this past week, had to explain to their kids what "golden-showers" are? Trump is the result of the crudeness, bitterness, and lack of civility of the left and the right. Do you think after Trump, who will now set the tone for our nation as our leader, we will respond by going back to middle-of-the-road suits? I would doubt that highly.
We reap what we sow. If we are going to keep sowing the types of seeds where we call the other side "snowflakes" and cheer on immature responses to the press and those who disagree, then strap in, people. This rollercoaster only goes down.
That's ultimately why I could never get on the "Trump-train". I'm not looking for a president to be a pastor or anything, but I definitely don't want a president that furthers and allows mob-like treatment of those who disagree. There's certainly some satisfaction I get from Trump sticking it to the media, but I know deep down that sort of reaction doesn't make things better for anyone. As someone who has a history of responding inappropriately, I can tell you that it's not until you "kill with kindness" that things get better.