Those of us who are not following the masses into Trump super church rallies to watch him ridicule Mexicans/women/everyone not white may be looking around thinking “How did this happen?” And there are many reasons. Some are based in political history that I don’t understand and won’t attempt to preach about and other reasons may be a little closer to home. My take on all of this may not work for you, but since I’m a grown up and I can write a blog (along with 99% of the world) I’m going to share my theories with you. Feel free to click away and watch a YouTube makeup tutorial at any time.
Problem number 1: We love to make stupid people famous. And apparently President.
When we are willing to vote in a reality TV star to the highest position in our country, you have to wonder if we haven’t become so blindly obsessed with this celebrity culture that we can’t see straight. Media outlets are creaming in their panties over the numbers that Trump brings in and it shouldn’t come as a surprise…they are giving us exactly what we want. A train wreck, a celebrity, a constant gag fest of commentary, and a human who doesn’t care what you think about him. Guess what? That’s every reality show on TV and a shit ton of shaming videos on YouTube that get more views than a Playboy magazine in 1978. And we are so busy being absorbed into this media jerk off session that we can’t turn off the TV or switch off the internet long enough to realize that we have done this to ourselves.
Problem number 2: We are ignoring the real problems in our own communities and OUR OWN HOMES.
Like oh..I don’t know…racism and bullying, You think Trump is the only one being a racist prick? Think he’s the only American promoting a bullying agenda? Hardy fucking har. People are following him and supporting him because they are him. Maybe not you and maybe not me, but enough people. Racism is alive and well in America. I live in one of the least diverse, whitest states in the Union and you can bet your sweet ass I’ve seen racism. I saw it in my own home growing up. My dad used terms that I still have to Google to understand when he would describe people of different ethnic backgrounds. When I moved to Vegas at the age of 20 and had African American neighbors for the first time, he gave me a stern warning about locking my doors. I know I’m not alone in growing up with extremely racist and hate-filled commentary. Trump has simply tapped in to our cultural acceptance of hatred. Maybe not you and maybe not me, but enough people. Trump is a bully? My neighbor calls her grand-kids “little fuckers” when she is disciplining them behind closed doors. I only know this because she leaves her windows wide open and screams at the top of her lungs. My son has been picked on at school and currently isn’t allowed to play football with his peers because he’s “too small”. Instead he’s ridiculed until he hides behind the portables and cries. We are bullying our own children, who in turn are bullying others. Maybe not you and maybe not me, but enough people. Yeah, Trump is a problem, but he is only a symptom of what we already are, folks.
I’m upset, too. I don’t want Trump to become President of the United States. But we have to take some accountability as to how and why this happened. We created a monster. We stopped shoveling our neighbors’ driveways and started obsessing about the Kardashian clan. We stopped treating one another as we would like to be treated and started laughing at YouTube videos of people being abused or shamed in public. (Sound like a Trumpy move?) We stopped taking care of the people in our own homes and started dividing ourselves into divisive groups based on our hatred of others. Now those groups are ganging up and they are mad. They want their voices heard and they falsely believe that Trump hears them. They want a revolution. Maybe not you and maybe not me, but enough people.