I know, I know, it’s been almost a year since the 2016 general election. And for someone who has promised to write about her opinions on this blog, I have been silent about the craziest election America has ever seen (ok, I don’t think that’s true, but it was crazy).
First, I didn’t vote for either candidate during the election and no, it wasn’t for the reasons you’re imagining right now. I go to a university outside of my home state, so I signed up for an Absentee Ballot a month before the election. And I didn’t receive my ballot until the week after Trump was elected. 😒
I’m not going to fully rant about Hillary Clinton, who still hasn’t fully realized her loss was significantly her fault, even with the Russian hacking, Comey’s letter, lack of DNC funding, Sanders rhetoric, etc. Not to say that Donald Trump’s win wasn’t surprising because it was. And even though I disagree with Clinton on so many things, especially her stance on abortion (I know abortion goes hand in hand with many good causes for women, but minus those objectives, abortion is just killing unborn humans), Trump’s election has revealed that white supremacy has never left and is here to stay.
I remember my conversation with my dad in 2012 about GOP and DNC. I admit, my family leans conservative, but we’re still Korean immigrants, and the GOP has a good number of white supremacists, racists, and just cold-hearted corporatists. Not that the DNC was any better: full of white savior rhetoric, impractical ideas, and corporate interests. I don’t trust big government, dear readers. If you want to help the poor, don’t ask for a federal government program, do something yourself or get a resolution passed in your local government. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, donate to a reputable private charity organization, etc. The grassroots movements make real, immediate change.
Ok, so back to Donald Trump. I admit I was appreciative of his policy concerning student funding at universities: Clinton was going to raise loan money, but Trump promised to require universities to increase grants in return for more federal funding. Well, it wasn’t so much the candidates as the party platforms (does anyone read those anymore) who said this, but whatever….
But all in all, in less than a year since his inauguration, Trump has only brought disaster! Yeah, a couple of cool things once in a while, but mostly disaster. Leaving the Paris Agreement (I mean, it wasn’t actually doing as much for the environment as I would like, but there’s more to the agreement than the environment…it’s called diplomacy… and keeping U.S internationally relevant), the North Korea debacle (I don’t know about you guys, but I want my family back in Seoul to not be under the threat of nuclear attack), and then his response to Charlottesville…
I was going to give Trump a chance. I hated his rhetoric during the election, and that leaked video (you know, the one about grabbing women by the p*ssy) made me so mad. But since America* (well, the Electoral College) elected Trump, I was going to let him be president, but his response to Charlottesville has confirmed all my fears about his presidency.
I’m not a liberal, and I’ll never be one, but I’m still a minority woman who will not stand for presidents who refuse to condemn neo-Nazis, and white supremacists and even equate them with the counter-protesters. Maybe he was trying to say that the neo-Nazis, the KKK, and the white supremacists are people with hearts and souls and families, but they are terrorists and enemies of what America stands for today. Sure, America was built on white supremacy (I mean the 3/5 compromise…), but it was also built on freedom and equality for all men and women, and there were people who signed that Constitution who truly wished for such a system but failed to implement it in their lifetime.
So yeah, I’m fully against President Trump now and hoping against hope that one of the two parties will produce a better candidate for the presidency in 2020. And that people won’t get so divided over party lines either. Why are we practicing group polarization and confirmational bias? Why do we surround ourselves with opinions that agree with ours? Where’s the discussion, the dialogue, the civil debate? Or maybe, how about in 2020 we finally end the two-party system that’s been plaguing the U.S. since the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans went head-to-head?
*Also, to those of you who say that Clinton got the majority of the vote, she didn’t. She got more votes than Trump, but she didn’t get over 50% of the votes, so she got a plurality, not a majority. You’re welcome for your math lesson of the day.