I don’t often wander into many controversial topics around here. Remixing outfits, travel tips for parents, and everyday recipes are safe spaces. Today, however, I thought I’d reach a little bit deeper.
I come from a fairly conservative family. My parents hold generally conservative views on most topics but have been open-minded in allowing my sisters and me to explore alternative positions on many issues.
Like most Millennials raised by conservative parents, I have (for the most) retained my parents’ conservative fiscal views while straying into more socially liberal territory. I’d consider myself moderate overall and have had lackluster interest in politics for as long as I can remember.
Much of my life, Washington has appeared to be a barrage of power hungry, unethical ego maniacs on the political margins too busy ear marking assets for unusual special interests to find time to compromise on real and meaningful agendas. Regular folk spend their lives making compromises and working out issues with peers. Why can’t politicians follow suit?
Frustration and disappointment toward these perceptions left me actively indifferent toward politics. It’s such a mess, what could I do about it? I don’t want to be entangled in that rif-raf. I’m not one of those reprehensible cast of characters nor do I want to be on their team.
And if I’m not for them, I’m against them, which entails a whole separate set of challenges. Unwanted and unfair personal attacks on me and anyone close to me are guaranteed if I enter that political ring. I don’t have much dirty laundry, but I bet they’d find something I didn’t even know existed. (If not, they’d surely make it up.)
That’s all to say I have no faith in the system and want nothing to do it. For a Millennial, this sounds pretty standard, right?
When Trump Became a “Thing”
As Super Tuesday came to an end, a flurry of texts in the group chat that my family maintains flew across cyberspace. In short… “Holy Hell, Donald Trump?! How is this happening?!”
If you plan to vote for Trump, I’m not going to apologize for saying that I truly don’t get it. He’s a bigot, a racist, and a chauvinist. As a woman in a world where I hope women have and continue to make headway in gaining equality, the last thing I want is a misogynist in the Oval Office. We cannot afford that.
He’s an impulsive, outwardly condescending, egocentric jerk. I don’t care how many reality shows he’s had, how much money he made by continuing to run his dad’s businesses, or how intelligent or not intelligent he may or may not be. Honestly, I don’t even care what his positions on major issues are. Simply, I don’t want someone with those character qualities running and representing the country in which I live. In no way do I want to imply that he represents us as citizens of this country. We’re better than that (I hope).
Further, at least other candidates care about what their voters think. Hillary Clinton may not care what Republicans think and Ted Cruz may not care what Democrats think. But at least they care what someone thinks about the decisions they make and actions they take. They care about the people who donate to their campaigns and the people who will vote for them. Donald Trump doesn’t appear to care about anyone except himself. That scares the crap out of me.
Recently, a former campaign supporter shared that her experiences corroborate my fear. He cares about no one but The Donald. And to the extent he can, he doesn’t fail, at any cost. He has no regard for others when his own success and wealth and especially promotion are in question. Can you imagine how much he would use his presidency as an advertisement for himself and his business?!
Who is Voting for Him?!
Before doing a little research, I couldn’t fathom who’s actually voting for this guy. More surprisingly, who is voting for him in droves?!
This article from The Atlantic helps clarify who supports him, to some extent. In a very different way, this Ted Talk also offers some indirect insight into why the political game is changing so drastically. It doesn’t imply a direct correlation, but the wealthy conservatives making Trump supporters feel like they are left in the dust can certainly take note of the speaker’s advice.
Although I don’t agree, I understand why these groups support his isolationist views and his non-traditional tactics, on the surface. If they were legitimate and feasible policies, I could understand why some might want to follow his mantras (although again, I’m not of this mentality).
But after paying any semblance of attention, isn’t it glaringly obvious that there’s no substance behind his stories? That he’s entirely unqualified to run this country? Why do good, everyday people want someone who’s so arrogant and selfish and intensely aggressive being the face and voice of our nation?
How could any female vote for someone who regularly makes so many demeaning comments about women? Continuously celebrating his negative views towards women reinforces these values and desensitizes everyone to the importance of continued progress toward equality. He certainly wouldn’t support any policies toward women’s advancement.
And how about minorities? He’s disgustingly insulted just about every non-white group. Could any non-white person even consider voting for him?
Regardless of his policies, his character (or lack there of) immediately disqualifies him from presidential candidacy. The other alternatives may or may not be great. But to me, his abysmal character is a non-starter.
So Why This Post?
While talking to my dad a few weeks ago, I expressed my disgust with this whole situation. How could this be happening?! How is this even real?!
I continued to clamor about my frustrations with the fights between the the margins dominating politics. When do the moderate masses get a voice? (For the record, Trump is not that voice.) Why are there few, if any, candidates that float around the middle of the political spectrum and represent what I assume is the majority? I blamed it on the system.
He posited that maybe people like me, the moderate Millennials acting with indifference, contribute to the problem. If we don’t like our options, get involved. Why not do something about? Ugh!
I’m a proactive person in just about all aspects of my life. I’m a go-getter. When I want something, I ask for it. If I don’t like a circumstance, I take steps to change it. And I tell others in my life to stop crying and step up and act for the change they want to see in their lives.
This works in the little pieces of my everyday life. But I always succumbed to the conclusion that such didn’t apply to the all-encompassing political beast of our country. What impact could I have without entirely sacrificing my life to the machine?
I’m still not entirely sure. But disappointed enough in what’s become of a Trump presidential campaign that started as little more than mockery, I’m here. Talking (or writing). Continuing a conversation. Adding my two cents. And hoping, just maybe, a few others will follow who might otherwise have been on the Trump Titanic.
When all those people boarded the Titanic in 1912, it looked to be a glorious and impenetrable new vessel taking the world in a new direction, akin to Trump’s campaign. Little did they know they were headed straight for an iceberg whose unseen danger, lying just below the surface, would prove to be a fatally destructive force.
Let history not repeat itself. Please don’t board that ship.