After a year and half the American election finally came to bitter end. The outcome was not what anyone expected.
We watched closely up here in Canada as the ugliest campaign in history unfolded. I could not believe that a man such as Trump could even be considered. He has legal cases pending in court, he is loud, obnoxious and has virtually no experience in the political realm.
He’d somehow become something of a celebrity with his show ‘The Apprentice’. The Donald, as he sold himself some 20 years back, has an insatiable appetite to be in the spotlight.
What you have to understand is that it’s not just the U.S.A. that is experiencing radical change. There is global unrest and a lot of it.
We should be coming together as a global collective to remedy the issues that exist, and I fear with the choice Americans made on November 8, 2016 that the shock waves will be felt for years to come.
What I have seen my neighbors to the south try and hold onto is the old adage that they are the greatest country in the world and they have this ‘American Dream’ thing that, like their love guns…they cannot dismiss or let go.
And what is the American Dream?
Here is Wikipedia’s description:
The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
There you have it. Yet it seems that for many, the factory workers, those who were not has fortunate somehow felt cheated to some degree.
The ALMIGHTY ECONOMY (a.k.a. Oil) became the ruler of the day after the Second World War. With technology advancing at a rabid pace from the 1970’s forward tens of thousands of factory workers found themselves out of a job. Small towns became ghost towns as their citizens lamented over the good ol’ days.
Several economic recessions and the crash back in 2008 left many with absolutely nothing. No educational options, no retraining options, no jobs, no home, no nothing.
Meanwhile in other countries such as Bosnia, Ruwanda, Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Mexico, etc. corruption and war had made it impossible for their citizens to eek out a living.
The exodus began as refugees sought out new lives for themselves and their families here in North America. The American dream has been sold globally and many made their way to Canada and the United States to begin a new life.
For many of the citizens down in the U.S. with no job and having lost so much, they found the idea of immigrants coming to their country as offensive. These people were stealing their jobs, their livelihood. Even worse were the ones who gained entrance illegally.
The setting was ripe for a man of Donald Trump’s nature to come in and tell these U.S. citizens that he was going to build a wall to keep out the illegals and toss out all the aliens who had come to America. Yet he could walk across the street to a different rally and feed a line of bullshit to that group, even if it contradicted what he had just spoken about, and quite often it did. In fact, the contradictions were absolutely astounding.
Riots were breaking out at his rally’s. He was having people tossed out and continually made derogatory remarks about women.
Women became the devil and he was running against a woman.
And yet the Republican party, even though many didn’t like him, didn’t want him to lead party allowed it anyway.
Trump may think he can build a wall, tear up trade agreements, trash the U.S. healthcare system, send immigrants packing and repeal women’s rights in order to make ‘America great again’ but those are not things that can be done with the snap of the fingers.
Trump had best be careful as all those people who voted him in may turn on him when he doesn’t deliver their brand of justice.
Let’s hope that President-Elect Trump doesn’t do anything rash out of the gate.