On November 8th America made a decision. Well actually, only 25% of Americans did. Just over half of Americans eligible to vote exercised their right, and half of those cast their ballots for a racist, misogynist, and homophobic conman. 25% of Americans put their faith in him, and actually think this individual is capable of representing the free world. I am appalled.
For some reason, men and women in rural areas are willing to overlook the hatred because he’s a “businessman” and an “outsider” rather than a career politician. Trump is something worse—he is pollution. Trump is the quintessential snake oil salesman. He sold the American people a false remedy, but instead spread social illness. Now, instead of a much promised antidote, he’s bringing in the same Washington and Wall Street elites that Middle America believed they could “cure” themselves of. I should point out that the only outsiders he’s actually brought on board are white supremacist sympathizers, aka the Alt-Right. What a breath of fresh air for the United States (eye roll).
Some said they voted for him because he would bring back their jobs, hedging their bets on a hail mary pass. In reality, we all know that workers in China aren’t doing those much-mourned jobs, machines are. Automation “trumps” manual labour, and even The Donald understands the value of a dollar. Those jobs are gone.
So what now? We fight. And Canadians cannot be complacent. We fight to keep away the bigotry and ignorance from spreading. Before there was Trump, the world witnessed Brexit—and if we are not careful, then these alarming histories may repeat. France is currently poised to elect Marine Le Pen, a right wing racist next year. And back home in Canada, we have Kellie Leitch, a paediatric surgeon (!!!!) who is very vocal about jumping on the Trump bandwagon. Readers, we are not as insulated from this threat as we think—we must do our utmost to protect the equitable values of Canadian society.
We must put an end to this hatred. We need to shut it down and support the people who need it most. There in a lot we can do: Be vocal and support organizations that represent women’s rights, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, the disabled, among so many others. Speak up and stand together. Remember that fear and hatred will not improve the economy, or bring back long-gone jobs. It is through oneness, cooperation, and strategy that we are at our best. Together, we can crash the fascist wave. Together, we are capable. And, Americans are too. Though the American people are divided at the moment, I pray that they remember TOGETHERNESS, and that “UNITED” is in their very name.