I have restrained myself from blogging too soon after the election because I wanted to make sure I was calm, clear-minded, and appropriately reflective before I did. The day after the election, I had to talk a few crying people off the ledge. And I was feeling kind of numb and shocked myself.
I have to say that my understanding of Seth’s philosophy has helped me tremendously. Not only does it explain the rise of Trump and Trumpism (see my earlier blog on Trumpism here http://sethsays.org/index.php/category/politics/), but it also outlines next steps that could help us mold a good probable outcome starting from where we are today.
As the exit polls revealed, everyone who voted for Trump did not necessarily like him, believe him, or endorse all of his ideas. Many people voted for him despite their misgivings.
Why? It seems clear that they were trying to make a statement about the “system,” which includes the government, corporate America, the “elites”, the media, and the “establishment,” in general. I made a list of the words that have been used to describe their emotional attitudes, which includes:
These people felt that the system was so broken, so stuck, and so irreparable that only someone as brash, outrageous, and iconoclastic as Trump would have the nerve and the audacity to knock it all down. As far as I can tell, electing Trump was equivalent to them giving the whole world the finger.
Yes Trump’s campaign did indeed unleash some apparent racists, misogynists, and paranoids which we will have to deal with. But beyond that subset, whatever its size, I believe the majority were really saying that the status quo was no longer tolerable and they acted in the only way that they felt empowered to.
Now, before we move on to Seth’s comments, let’s take a quick look at the Clinton supporters. Again, the exit polls showed that there was still a great deal of reluctance in choosing Clinton because of personal distrust, wariness of her corporate connections and involvement with big money interests, and her overly political cautiousness in terms of policy. During the campaign we saw within the Democratic Party a similar populist uprising to the one on the Republican side, with many of the Bernie Sanders voters indicating that they also thought the system was broken.
Now that Trump has won, there have been protests, outcries, and all kinds of fears and worries expressed by the public, the mainstream media, and social media. I decided, once again, to make a list of the words that were being used to describe the emotional states of the distraught Clinton voters. My list included:
Isn’t it interesting that my two lists are almost identical?