My fellow Americans,
Donald Trump is going to become president of the United States of America in about 50 days. The Republicans have won the House and the Senate, and sexism, racism, bigotry, and rape have been approved as acceptable behavior by half of the Americans that actually voted; approximately half of eligible voters in the country. My domestic partner was crying this morning. She is a non-white woman; two traits that this country has strongly stated are not priorities in regards to common dignity, let alone human rights. Fear is rampant. A mixture of sadness, quickly turning to anger for some; a joyous exhalation of a democratically justified bigotry and fear-mongering for others; and by the time inauguration day comes, a likely return to the normalcy of political apathy that lives like a cancer in the bowels of this country.
I will not continue on a tirade about how the Democratic Party can blame itself for losing this election as much as the near 60 million people who voted for Mr. Trump. But it must be mentioned, due to the continued blame set forth upon Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, and even Evan McMullin, for “stealing” votes from Mrs. Clinton, which in itself is a direct attack upon true democracy. Perhaps the only thing Mr. Trump has ever said that could ring true with my personal convictions is that the system is “rigged.” But not in the way Mr. Trump claims, and not in the way he claims he will bring about “change.” Any person can see that he has surrounded himself with millionaire enablers, supporters, and spineless tools like Paul Ryan and Chris Christie; the very definition of what Trump supporters claim to detest is who will surround President Trump. They will empower his ability make “change” in his own envisioned form by controlling all three branches of government, which President Obama was never presented with. They will stand by and refuse to truthfully denounce Mr. Trump for anything he does or says, as they have already proven to be worthy minions who will let Mr. Trump “grab” America “by the pussy.” This alone can rightfully give any woman or minority legitimate reasons to feel afraid. But Mr. Trump’s “rigged” claims ignore the fact that he was elected based on a two-party system deeply embedded into the establishment. Anyone who wants to debate that a vote for a third-party was a vote for Mr. Trump, or simply a thrown-away chance to stop Mr. Trump from winning, please consider the Public Election Commission’s eligibility requirements for Presidential election public funding, and the Commission on Presidential Debates. But I digress.
In terms of the climate, carbon emissions have been given a new life, as the new establishment has pledged to disregard whether Earth lives or dies. The legality of state passed measures are in danger of repeal or disregard. Violence and lashing out against those different from you is now acceptable, if you are white. The Bundys have already been dubbed not guilty; where that snowball stops rolling, I do not know. President Obama will leave office with a legacy of broken policies, including a health care system that was beaten to death by Republicans before it could begin, and a world still burning with drone attacks, police brutality, super-incarceration, and unemployment. But what the country had BEGUN to strive towards under President Obama; a mental steadiness with the ability to grasp and accept the racial strife, deep-seeded fear, and economic anguish the United States faces at this moment in time, whether on the left or the right, is vulnerable to being tossed aside. The fact that the conversation has even begun can be considered a win for both sides, a rare situation in politics. Yet that conversation itself is now in danger by the open willingness to allow Mr. Trump to offend, insult, grope, disregard or destroy social progress.
I fear for further media blackouts. Third-party candidates have already been blacklisted by the major media outlets that control approximately 90 percent of the media in the United States; GE, News-Corp, Disney, Viacom, Time Warner, and CBS. Smear campaigns, including the Clinton-backed Daily Beast’s assault on Dr. Stein, have become normal to silence non-bipartisan empowerment. Mr. Trump banned critical media outlets from his rallies, playing directly into the hands of what he vowed to be against – establishment. He has played into the minds of those who rail against the left, only to pray upon their blind faith in disparaging the “liberal media,” which is only a veil for the same cover-ups, lies, and established control over the information available to the middle and lower classes, reflecting back in exactly the same way.
In terms of business, followers of Mr. Trump have fallen into a belief that privatized finances, giving the rich the power to distribute wealth through corporations as opposed to by the government, will prove positive for residents in rural Iowa. Few realize that as factories have closed, so has the profit associated with their existence, and hence have little economic value for return by the major stockholders. Allowing Monsanto to take over cornfields in Kansas will not redistribute wealth to America’s Heartland; it will redistribute further wealth to the rich already endowed with the fruits of working-class labor. Even Mr. Trump does not have the power to erase the Industrial Revolution and the machines that have replaced blue-collar jobs in Michigan. Opposed to targeting energy efforts that can sustain jobs beyond the next 50 years, including solar and wind power, allowing oil companies to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will not sustain Alaska into a new century. But once again, attacking the left can bafflingly legitimize the right.
This will be a new era where the left will either wake up or die. But one thing must be certain. It must begin with a way to do what the left has always had trouble doing, and that is understanding how and why the United States has proudly become an openly racist and misogynistic land for nearly 60 million people, and how even some women and people of color have backed and democratically voted for these twisted ideals. The left MUST realize there is no utopia available. We are living in a country that must first accept the very real truth that racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia not only exist, but are sources of pride for millions of Americans, and must be changed directly from the source. And that is why I cry, for I do not know how, yet.
Mentally we have been stood blindfolded against the wall, but the trigger has not been pulled. We are still Americans, and the United States Constitution is just as much mine as it is Ammon Bundy’s. To flee is to give up on the belief of what the United States was founded for. Now is the very moment when to give up would be the greatest defeat of all.
Charlie Musser, 11/9/2016