Firstly, I readily admit that there are a lot of real and direct effects as a result of the Donald being elected. And it is NOT my intention to list them all. Or any of the ones that affect the larger American or global population. The NY Times can do that. The Trump effect I am talking about is the one he has on me. It’s personal. I didn’t think it would be.
But it is. Tomorrow is our provincial election and I am feeling measurably depressed and apathetic about it. And I blame Trump. If there are that many people in the US of A and a corresponding number in BC (and France) who think like him, act like him and value what he represents, I have lost all hope in the majority of people to be human, caring, tolerant and working for the greater good.
I say ‘majority’ because, after all, he won the election even though we know that it was NOT a majority in the truest sense. But that basic fact of his victory is still truly and deeply depressing – not because of him so much – but because of the now visibly large numbers of those he represents. These are angry, bitter, cynical and ugly people who care little for others – especially ‘different’ others.
I have not lost ALL hope, of course. If that were the case, I’d just end it. But I have lost a lot of hope, faith and trust in a populace and system that, though flawed, seemed to keep us all generally aimed in the right direction. Mostly. Admittedly, it was two steps forward and 1.9 steps back but there was some progress. I think. Mankind seemed to be getting better. A bit.
Maybe not. Maybe I was just fooling myself. Maybe all the progress I saw was quietly being erased by the destruction wrought on the planet and the increased exploitation of the masses but those are larger hard-to-grasp issues and the ones I saw on a daily basis seemed a smidge more positive. With the grim realization that Trump-ets and Marine Le Pen-ites are on the ascendancy, it feels much more like we are heading in the wrong direction.
Our incumbent premier is a Trumpet crumpet (written that way primarily because it is all so onomatopoeic) and she represents all that is bigoted, biased and ignorant in BC but, admittedly, at a subtler level than Bluster Trump, the original orange clown. She has been revealed as a corrupt, incompetent and bald-faced liar but she’ll likely get back in. A great number of people WANT her to represent them. How is that even possible?
How is that even possible????
I do NOT get it.
Again, I have to admit that my optimism had been crushed many years ago and was, and still is, one of the reasons I now live off the grid. I feel that I am now very much removed from much of the lying, cheating and hypocrisy that passes for life-as-we-know-it in the urban world. OTG just feels better. I think OTG is better. But OTG is also a retreat, a resignation and a vote of surrender. It is not fighting the good fight. It is not adding to the greater good.
Why let Trump affect me? Why give up? Why feel that way? Well, Trump seems to be a harbinger. He is NOT the little canary dying in the coal mine, he is Big Bird opening up the coal mine. He is Hitler-esque in a trend-indicating kind of way. His very presence is not a good sign. His victory as a politician is a terrible sign. Harper was also a very bad sign. Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilder, Brexit and Brietbart are all bad signs. Why are we heading that way?
The world may indeed be headed for Hell in a hand basket.