we have elected a president who has what it takes to make the United
States live up to it’s full potential. Trump understands this
country. He knows how it works, and he knows how to make it work for
him. Now that the American people have placed it in his hands, he’ll
show the world what it can do.
cent you paid in taxes, every vote you ever cast, every letter you
ever wrote to your congressman, every dollar you donated and every
ounce of enthusiasm you devoted to any political campaign here in
the US, ultimately coalesced into the perfect opportunity for
someone exactly like Trump. This is the US we created, and Trump is
exactly the kind of guy we created it for.
of the world already thinks of the US as “the Evil Empire,” but
apparently it takes someone like Trump to demonstrate it to us here
at home. I think we should make the most of this “teachable
moment” so that we all understand how we got here, because, in the
eventuality that we survive this debacle, we should make sure that
we never let this kind of thing ever happen again.
Trump’s victory seems impossible to comprehend. It is a fact that
doesn’t mesh with our world-view. I didn’t vote for Trump, and I’m
not lying to you about Trump’s victory, it’s just a fact of life
that seems incomprehensible at the moment. If we want to disarm
Trump, or prevent the rise of future Trumps, we need to understand
how and why Trump happened in the first place.
let’s talk about how our world-view got so far removed from reality.
Very few of us live in reality anymore. Instead, we spend most of
our time online, at work, or parked in front of a glowing screen of
one sort or another. While reality remains full of mystery, we
increasingly inhabit simplified, man-made environments like the
internet, indoor spaces and modern cities. We design these
simplified environments to serve us, and so they tend to reinforce
our cultural habits and thought patterns.
on the other hand, constantly challenges us, it presents unexpected
circumstances, curious facts, and only gets more interesting the
more you look at it. Reality demands creativity, and encourages us
to think. Simplified man-made environments, on the other hand, are
insufferably boring by comparison, which is why we consume a torrent
of man-made entertainment and decoration to fill them.
with a million channels, and ten trillion websites, however, the
man-made environments we inhabit do not challenge our minds nearly
as much as reality Over time, our minds adjust to these simplified
environments, as we become familiar with, dependent on and even
jaded to, the intellectual habits of our cultural architects. To us,
it feels as though we understand how the world works, when in fact,
we’ve simply lost touch with reality.
environments make us simple-minded. Most of us first lost touch with
reality in that simplified man-made environment we call “school.”
We learned about democracy in school, and somehow, they taught us
the history of this nation in a way that made us proud of it, which
is no small task when you think about it. They made us simple-minded
in school, and they programmed us all with simple ideas about how
the world works, and about what the United States is. We believed
them, because they were the experts and because we were stuck in
school, and eager to go home and watch television.
much everything we know about reality comes from teachers and media,
and that is also true for teachers, and media people. We have become
a nation of simpletons, with a paucity of ideas, and reality is
entirely too much for us now. I cannot stress the importance of this
factor enough. It effects the ability of American voters to
comprehend their situation, and make a decision, and it effects our
ability to understand the outcome of the election.
just watched a billionaire egomaniac ascend to the presidency
through a mixture of misogyny, racism and saber-rattling. That’s not
supposed to happen. Democracy, and the free press were supposed to
prevent that from happening. That’s what they taught us in school,
me how much you believe in democracy now. Tell me how much you
believe in the justice of the Supreme Court. Tell me how much you
believe in the American Experiment. It doesn’t matter if this is the
best form of government that humanity has yet devised. I don’t care
how much you cherish the Constitution, the system has failed. We
have created a monster.
it seems obvious, but the system was not designed to serve us, and
it never has. The system gave us genocide. The system gave us
slavery. The system gave us two world wars, Korea, Vietnam,
Afghanistan and Iraq. The system gave us the War on Drugs. The
system gave us homelessness, and the system brought us to the brink
of global ecosystem collapse. We didn’t ask for those things. Those
things didn’t happen while the system was busy serving us; the
system used us to accomplish those important goals.
system’s number one purpose is to serve the interests of
trans-national capital. Right now, it is strongly in the interest of
trans-national capital, that the US sign on to these secretly
negotiated, top-secret trade deals like the Trans-Pacific
Partnership. These trade deals relinquish US sovereignty over issues
that matter to the American people, like the environment, and
tariffs, that can broadly effect jobs, wages and consumer prices, to
shadowy multinational entities who answer to no one, but have their
own laws and their own courts.
major parties had popular candidates who strongly resonated with the
American people on this issue, and both parties treated these
candidates as outsiders, and tried to sabotage their campaigns. The
Democrats eventually tamed Bernie, but the Republicans could not
stop Trump. The system failed. The system failed to manufacture
consent. Now, a rogue has taken the reigns of the mightiest force
for violence and destruction the world has ever known,because the
American people have had enough of the system.
many ways, Trump’s victory really is a victory for the American
people. The people have spoken, and they have defied the system.
They got behind a populist outsider candidate, and wrenched the
awesome power of the United States government from the clutches of
multinational capital. Unfortunately, they just handed it to an
arrogant, bigoted, impulsive egomaniac whose promise to “make
America great again” terrifies most of us.