CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 13, 2016 — CNBC reported that Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory would probably “drive even more radicalization and terrorism activities.” Stories like that are the type of ridiculous reporting that helped Trump win the 2016 election.
That was before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell absurdly claimed that a Trump presidency will be an endorsement of further spousal abuse by NFL players.
Stan Van Gundy, the outspoken coach of the Detroit Pistons condemned Trump’s election, saying he was “ashamed” of the outcome. Van Gundy went further than Goodell, adding that Trump’s rhetoric was racist and anti-immigrant.
Other celebrities and entertainers offered similar observations.
And then George Soros’ rent-a-mobs took to the streets in several major U.S. cities to protest the outcome.
Apparently Democrats are only gracious in victory.
Michelle Obama said in 2008, after the New Hampshire primary, that for the first time in her adult life, she was proud of her country.
Millions of Americans were dismayed when Barack Obama became president-elect. They were convinced that he would be a disaster. Were there riots in the streets?
One could argue that Obama had less experience than Trump; he’d never run anything except a campaign. Trump at least created jobs and built a business empire.
In just a couple of hours on Tuesday night, Trump took Islamophobia out of our daily lexicon to create an entirely new fear. By early Wednesday morning, millions were in the grip of “Trumpophobia.”
College students are seeking counseling. Wealthy entertainers are looking for ways to leave the country. Commentators are speculating about impeachment, and Trump hasn’t even been president-elect for a week.
Trump is still two months away from taking the oath of office, and already his detractors claim he will turn off the sun, melt glaciers faster than they are already and possibly set off a nuclear war before he finishes his first day in office.
But there is something deeper in this message that is being delivered by the opposition.
When the wall came down in Berlin in 1989, there were widespread celebrations that the collapse of Soviet Communism would bring about a massive peace dividend.
What actually happened in many cases was that many people who had been living under the iron fist of the Soviet Union could not handle their new freedom. So dependent had they become on government that many had lost all incentive to work.
Donald Trump has yet to spend a single day in the Oval Office, yet he is already being targeted as the end of the United States as we know it.
That, despite eight years of daily lies, poor foreign policy, rhetorical scolding of the American people, arrogant non-leadership, lack of ability to make a decision in a timely manner and reckless nuclear policies from a man more concerned about his golf game and his NCAA tournament brackets than governing the country.
Had Hillary Clinton been elected Tuesday it would have been four more years of the same, only without the golf, and the brackets replaced with daily scandals.
And for this, half of America took to the streets to protest, sobbed as though the country had totally lost its mind and began wringing its hands to fend off the dangers of Trump.
In their own way, that half of America has seemingly become so dependent upon Democratic leadership that they, like the eastern Europeans, have lost all incentives that used to be the guiding light of American idealism and productivity.
It is sad that we as a nation are so paranoid we have become accustomed to a corrupt government and are “afraid” to be Americans. We would prefer to let the status remain quo, regardless of how bad, than to try something new that might work for everyone.
That’s not sad; it’s pathetic.
Donald Trump will take the oath of office in January, just as Barack Obama did eight years ago. He will be inexperienced as a politician and he, too, will also have both house of congress supposedly on his side.
In two years, Obama turned his majority into a landslide referendum from the American people that gave the Republicans the House of Representatives.
Four years later, the American people sent another mandate to Washington to hand over the Senate to that same Republican party.
Nothing happened either time, and that, combined with the inadequacies of the Obama presidency and the Clinton candidacy, is precisely what led to the ascendence of Donald Trump.
The good news for the losers of Tuesday’s election is that Trump will not survive the next election if he does not fulfill his promises and his goals—that is why we have elections—but he deserves a chance to try something else. He certainly cannot divide the country any more than it already is divided.
The biggest surprise since Tuesday is not the Trump victory, but the American response to it.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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