The Protest Vote
Not my candidates
Okay, allow me to get one thing off of my chest before we get into this. I originally planned on not voting. That's right; I was one of "them." Disgusted by every detail of this God-forsaken thing we've been referring to as an election.
I voted for Barack Obama, his first go-around. In 2012, I was a die-hard Ron Paul supporter (still, wishing he was my president). And then we all became inundated by this circus of a political season. Like many political junkies out there, I was uncontrollably consumed by the process. For me, I didn't know what to think of Donald Trump. Was he a racist, a bigot, a sexist, a xenophobe, a genius? I had no idea, and I still don't. His big head and ego scared the hell out of me. Then there was Hillary Clinton. Aside from the nagging feeling as though she and her campaign were working hard in an attempt to exploit the "black" vote, I had great difficulty seeing past decades of corruption that loomed over her every awkward laugh. I became enveloped in uninspired disgust. There was no choice here, and I was certainly not going to participate in this mockery.
And then election day came.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Confident I would not be participating, all the way up until the morning of the 8th, I awoke with a feeling of urgency. Today was the day. Suddenly, Rachel Maddow's (MSNBC) words began to ring in my ears. At this moment, I cannot recall verbatim of what she said, but the message rang true. I had to vote. I couldn't stand by and let tomorrow come, knowing I willingly refused to exercise a right that not too long ago I wouldn't have had. I couldn't let this one day go by and know in the end that I didn't have a say. So, I voted. I drove thirty minutes from where I live (I forgot to update my change of address before election day), to cast my vote in a little church that happened to be cloaked in the spirit of make America great again. Had anyone in the line known of whom I was about to vote for, I'm sure they would have burnt me at the stake (I live in Alabama). My logic said that there was no way Hillary would ever win the state of Alabama, but I kept thinking maybe I was wrong. So, I did it. I voted for Hillary Clinton. While many others perhaps voted for Trump in protest of the system, I voted for her in protest of everything he represented. I believed that with all of her baggage, her heart was somehow, still in the right place.
And then the impossible became possible.
He did what no analyst could predict. He actually won. How could this be? The country was stunned, including myself, and I honestly believe that ultimately so was he.
Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.— Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The System Wasn't Rigged
After a few days of grappling with my thoughts and feelings of the reality, we all found ourselves in; President-Elect Trump began to shift on some of his most extreme ideas and promises. His demeanor mellowed, and he seemed to shape-shift into a more reasonable, compassionate sounding grown-up! Then, the President-Elect started to push ideas like, not leaving over 20,000 people without health care before having a better plan in place. Shrinking our bloated government, and getting out of this fiasco of a foreign policy called "nation building," -taking those wasted resources and building our defenses instead. He also spoke heavily on rebuilding the infrastructure of our country. And then now he actually did what he said he would, he made a deal with Carrier in Indiana to keep the nearly 1000 jobs here in the U.S. However, this is already riddled with controversy regarding an issue of $700,000.00 that may be coming out of the taxpayers' pockets of Indiana. That's something we'll have to keep a close eye on.
In the same day, he declares he will be completely removing himself from all of his businesses, to focus solely on the transition and Presidency. This is causing the nay-sayers to be up in arms because he is not "divesting," he is merely handing the 500+ global businesses over to his kids. But, is all this another facade? After all, he has shown himself to be a master of visual trickery and lies. It's like a significant other that has cheated on you, you want to believe them, yet suspicion forever lurks in the back of your mind.
Yes, he's still tweeting ridiculous statements. But, perhaps we are all looking at it the wrong way. Some believe it is an effort to distract, I don't think that is true at all. I believe he uses his Twitter to think aloud. Remember, this guy is a marketing machine! I believe he's a guy that likes to throw ideas at the proverbial wall to see what sticks. If we've learned one thing about this man, it's that he loves a poll. Twitter is like a real-time poll. Just because he floats some thoughts/ideas on there, doesn't necessarily mean he subscribes to that brand of thinking. His singular, upsetting tweet is nothing more than his index and forefinger on the pulse of the public. Don't be mad; it's what he does. He's a salesman, a businessman. If people get upset and rage on about it, then it's certainly something that can be sold, now isn't it? And this is where his idiocracy meets his genius.
Now that the election is over, are you satisfied with the way you voted?
The ole Kansas City Shuffle
While we were all looking off in the distance at the great wall of Trump, he was aligning each playmaker like a chess piece. He may not be a full-fledged Republican nor a full-fledged Democrat, but he is a full-fledged master of the con. He is clearly a calculated man who knows how to manipulate a room. The only questions now are, whether or not he has manipulated his admirers or will he manipulate our country for his personal benefit.
Kellyanne Conway -Master Pollster
Kellyanne Conway came on board during the same time Steve Bannon joined the Trump team. Master of the polls, Kellyanne had ties through Washington that go far, deep and wide -to include Vice President Elect Pence. Various liberal media outlets and talking heads like believe there is a clandestine connection to Breitbart media.
Steve Bannon -Trump's ace in the hole
Without Steve Bannon, Donald Trump would not have been able to tap into a vote that never existed. The forming of the modern day Tea Party years ago, spawned an unnamed movement that grew beyond its humble rural beginnings. A quiet movement that lurked beneath and beyond the so-called Tea Party. The forgotten veterans, the preppers, the conspiracy theory hounds, the folks searching for signs of Armageddon, and yes, even a few so-called white nationalists. Every day, salt-of-the-earth citizens that felt invisible and unheard, even by the Tea Party organization. They all found a home with Trump. The addition of Steve Bannon became a beacon of hope. They were all Steve Bannon's audience, and he knew there were more of them than anyone realized.
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Now that President-Elect Trump has made some positive moves and decisions during his transition thus far, are you more hopeful for the future of our country?
In the end, there is a new sense of hope in my conflicted heart. This part of me could be wrong, but this does not seem to be the same bumbling idiot we watched for the past year or so. Ultimately, I find myself hand-shy. On one side, people are singing his praises. On the opposing side, they are nit-picking every detail of every decision he has made thus far. I am having difficulty in finding a voice to relate too.
I want to be hopeful and optimistic.
Is it possible, that just maybe, we are looking at a man that has spent his entire life screwing people, finding himself now in the winter of his life, searching for redemption? Could this be a man that wants to finally give back to the people of whom he has taken so much? Is it possible that Donald Trump could end up being one of the greatest Presidents in American history, with his ability to get along with and strike favorable deals with people from various walks of life, behind the scenes? After all of the insults he has slung against virtually every kind of person in existence, can he heal and unite a country he helped further divide?
I just don't know. I can only hope and pray.
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