I’m still processing this election thing. There’s so much depressing stuff happening, and so much of it is unprecedented. The cronyism and nepotism with Trump’s staff picks…the rise of neo-Nazi fucktards who are publicly sieg-heiling him…his refusal to release tax returns…his dodging of the press…his lack of (immediate) post-election outreach to other world leaders…his retention of an unabashed white supremacist shit-stirrer as his closest advisor…the growing list of his conflicts of interest…his very clear intention to use the Presidency to advertise and enrich his private businesses…
It’s overwhelming. Trump and his imminent shitfest of a Presidency are omnipresent in all media. Social media is especially bad, as usual — I can’t even open Facebook without being firehosed in the face with Trump-related memes and rants. Everyone’s saying the same things about the same things and almost none of it offers any hope or optimism. I completely understand and agree with everyone’s fear of what he’s going to do to our country, but there’s only so much of it I can process at once.
So my brain is just kind of frozen in place. 10-15 years ago I would have been blogging daily about every outrageous thing he does! Bush was at least dumber than a box of hair which made him fun to write about. But lately every time I want to write something about all this stuff, some shitty new thing happens in Trumpland and I just slump back into “Why bother?” mode. When I read about Trump trolls spamming Amazon with 1-star reviews for Megyn Kelly’s new book (which none of them have read), or how Europe is freaking out about America’s embracing of neo-Nazis, I just want to go play some videogames or work on my photo projects. Anything to tune it out for a while. Apathy, thy name is…uh, apathy.
However, I have been attempting to understand more about why allegedly sane people would vote for this monster, because it’s not just as simple as “a buncha racists and bigots decided to elect him” (despite what I said in my last post 😀 ). It’s deeper and more complicated than that, and it took me a few days for the shock to wear off before I was willing to try and sort it out. Some good articles about this:
- Bug Hunt
- Democrats, Trump, and the Ongoing, Dangerous Refusal to Learn the Lesson of Brexit
- How Half of America Lost its Fucking Mind
- The Stark Contrast Between GOP’s Self-Criticism in 2012 and Democrats’ Blame-Everyone-Else Posture Now
There are many more out there, it’s pretty interesting. Hillary still won the popular vote by over 2 million, so…I’m not sure what to do with that yet. It’s going to be dissected for the next few years in painful detail, so we’ll just have to see what happens. Preferably in small doses!