EDITORIAL: The Morning After

 

 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers his campaign speech to an estimated crowd of 10,000 people at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, in Springfield, Ill. Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register

Something weird happened in America last night. Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. Not only that, but the Republican party continues to control the Congress and Senate. Now, as many of you who know me and read my (occasional) political pieces on this site know that I tend to lean to the left when it comes to my politics. I grew up in Austin, Texas, one of the most liberal and accepting cities in the country, and that town will continue to define who I am until I’m dead. Last week, I endorsed Secretary Hillary Clinton for President of the United States not just because of her experience and qualifications, but also out of fear for her opponent. Hillary Clinton did not become the 45th President of the United States, her opponent did, and it feels different than it should. I’m not scared/disappointed that my team/candidate didn’t win (although it does stink), but I’m scared for what our country is in store for the next four years. Donald Trump is not a typical politician, and it scares the hell out of me.

We’ve let a man who bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy” into the White House. That same man who also talked of building a wall across Mexico, mocked the disabled, scrutinized the press and anyone who dared to say bad about him by having his supporters inciting violence and threats upon them. The same man who is in bed with the Russian government who swayed the election thanks to Julian Assange and Wikileaks. The same man who bankrupted countless companies throughout the years and ruining the lives of working-class Americans in the process. A reality television star. A “businessman”. That’s who the American people have elected to become the next President, and that should scare the hell out of you.

I’m scared as a minority. Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward illegal immigrants has spooked me from the very beginning, and his campaign has helped give off this very disturbing anti-immigrant vibe. I’m half-Mexican, my father was born in this country but also comes from Mexican descent. My sister is half-Mexican. Donald Trump’s rhetoric toward people like me is alarming, and has kept me on the edge of my seat for over a year now. Now he’s the president-elect, and I’m certain that I’m going to lose a lot of sleep over the next couple of months/years over this issue.

Speaking of my sister, I’m scared for her. I’m also scared for my mother and every woman in my life and around me. The leaked video of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women is unsettling to hear every time it’s played on the news. Now that the Republicans control the House, Senate and White House, women’s rights are now in jeopardy. The recent rise in far-right Republican politics has also resulted in a war on women. States like Texas have signed legislation to restrict abortion access, but that Texas bill was struck down by the Supreme Court for being in direct violation with Roe v. Wade. Now that Donald Trump is president-elect, and the far-right Republican politicians are now about to run our country for the next 2-4 years, that historic 1973 ruling on women’s rights is uncertain. Donald Trump has repeatedly talked about having harsher abortion laws if he’s president (even though he didn’t seem to mind abortion rights before he ran for president). Women like my sister potentially won’t be able to get the proper care needed under a Donald Trump administration, and that’s also going to keep me up at night for the coming months/years.

I’m scared for the economy. Donald Trump promised to “bring the jobs back”, but I don’t believe he’ll be able to deliver on that promise. I fear that this presidency will end up hurting working-class families. Many of these jobs that he talks of bringing back can’t really be brought back in the first place. The world is ever-changing, and these jobs can’t really ever come back. Donald Trump won big in West Virginia, a state that’s in a depression due to a loss of coal-mining jobs. He also won in Ohio, a battleground state, where the steel industry is depressed and almost non-existent in that state. I doubt these industries will make a comeback like they did decades ago, but these voters bought into Donald Trump and his rhetoric, and that’s also going to keep me up at night for the coming months/years.

I could go on and on about how Donald Trump denies climate change, how this adminstration will also strip gay people of their rights, how the vice president-elect was once a proponent for gay conversion therapy, but it would make this piece longer than it already is. Many of you are probably angry that I haven’t done any movie reviews in quite some time on this website. For other personal reasons (that I might address at a later time on this site) that have nothing to do with the election is the answer, but I’m having a hard time motivating myself to do so in the near future. When the country has a president-elect who believes in all these things that I previously mentioned, why the hell would I want to go back to my hobby of paying to see movies and writing about them for you? Why would I want to go see Doctor Strange or any other big stupid movie when my country is in the shape that it is?

I would do this because we have to move on. The reality is that Donald Trump will be our president in January. The silent majority won. I will get back to this routine that I’ve been doing for nearly eight years now, but it won’t be the same as before. My writing will probably become more political as the Donald Trump administration goes along. As a nation, we now mourn, but we have the power to stand strong together in opposition against this man if his administration is believed to be as bad as previously imagined. If I lose followers because of this piece, then good riddance. But I won’t allow my country to fall into the pit that it could potentially fall into. I love it and its people too damn much.

 

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Love you Boss.

 

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