So, I'm sitting here, probably like many Americans post-election wondering how this happened. What I say "this", I mean how did this country elect a man like Trump to be President. A man who spent his campaign denigrating Muslims, Mexicans, and women. A man who clearly did not have the qualifications or temperament to be President. An unqualified man running against an extremely well qualified woman. How did this happen?
I strongly believe that a huge part of this was the presence and rapid dissemination of misinformation through social media. Facebook has become a place for superficiality only because no one wants to post long thought out posts. Long thought out posts are cumbersome to read or otherwise too revealing of the poster. Blogging allows us some sense of privacy as we let it out there to be shared with fellow bloggers. We can be thoughtful and it's not easy to get disinformation through our blog.
I miss the intelligent conversations.
I knew when Comey's letter came out 11 days before the election that it was the end. She had such a fabulous momentum. The momentum she needed to win this election, then the letter came out. I cried. I panicked. I knew.
I watched the polls on Real Clear Politics hoping and hoping this would not have an impact, but it did. Even though Nate Silverman gave her a 70%+ chance, I wasn't sure. It's heartbreaking.
The thing is, I don't think the Republicans wanted her to lose, I think they wanted to have something over on her so they could cripple/hinder her Presidency. I don't think they thought Trump would win, they just didn't want her to have a mandate.
For all intents and purposes, Trump pretty much funded his way to the White House. I'm hopeful that means that he won't be the Republican's puppet, either. I'm hopeful that he will take into account all the wonderful things that Obama accomplished during his Presidency and preserve many of them. I have so many gay friends who are married, they are so worried about the state of their personal lives. I am extremely concerned about Roe V Wade.
There is a part of me that wants to believe that somewhere in there we have a man who can be empathetic and flexible. I'm starting to like Melania so, maybe, if she married him, there's something in him that is good and decent.
I've decided to take a break from Facebook for a while.