So, I’m gonna talk about the 2016 election, but not in the way I think most people have been talking about it.
It’s going to be here next week, and then it will be over. …But not really. Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins, this election has caused some lasting problems, and so I want to address them right now.
First off, for the anti-Trump people (I won’t be referring to anyone as pro-Trump or pro-Hillary through-out this post) you need to realize something about people who are voting for Trump, sure many of them you may think are bad people, but I don’t think that is true of all, and hopefully not even of most.
Voting for Trump can come from a few places, first, it can come from a distrust of Hillary. We can argue about the validity of that distrust, but it’s undeniable that it exists. To many of these people, Trump is a loud mouth, but who they think has not had nearly as bad actions as Hillary. Again, think of this what you will, but they don’t think so. They think Hillary has shown what she will and can do, and Trump has not. So from this point of view, Hillary is a corrupt person, who will be mostly ineffective, and Trump is more of a gamble.
There are also people voting for Trump, because they consider themselves Republicans. Both sides are easy to vilify if you believe that their politicians are representative of them. I don’t think politicians of either side are truly representative. With Republicans, I think the party looks very greedy and insensitive, and so you might wonder “why would someone align themselves with greed and insensitivity.”
I think that the truth lies in the fact that the average person considering themselves Republicans, have been fortunate enough that when they follow the rules, or the traditional wisdom, they have either been able to succeed, or at least have not felt as if the system failed them. Because the system has worked as it is supposed to for them, they have more faith in it. This is completely logical.
Now for the anti-Hillary people. When you’re looking a voter for Hillary, please understand something, a significant amount of these people do not like Hillary, they just think that she will not cause the very scary events they think that Donald will. Some of them admit they’re not comfortable with all of the scandal that has followed her around, others who don’t believe there is validity to the scandals think she is too centrist, and too much of a hawk, but they think that she is the status quo, and that can be a lot less intimidating than what they consider to be a fascist option.
In this way, I think that the significant majority of all voters have similar thoughts, but look at it from different angles. So we need to stop treating each other as if the Trump voters are the scourge of the Earth, and the same for the Hillary voters.
We also need to realize, that (hopefully) in seven days there will be a decision as to who is the next President of the United States, and at that point we have to interact with each other, love one another, and go about our lives.
Lastly, we need to do what is best for the country. Regardless if Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton is our next President, we need to hope/pray/whatever you prefer that he or she is a good one. It does none of us good if he or she fails. That doesn’t mean that we allow things we passively allow things we don’t believe in, just in support of the President, but it does mean that our fate for the next four years is linked to his or her success, and so we need to continue participating.