By Steve Croyle
The President we deserve
Donald Trump is a fiasco with a pulse. Whether he’s turning an address to the Boy Scouts of America into a rambling egomaniacal screed, effectively condoning police brutality at an address to law enforcement officers, or taking to Twitter in the wee hours of the morning to covfefe, it’s hard to believe that this is our President. George W. Bush often seemed to leave his brain plugged in on the nightstand before taking the podium, but Trump doesn’t even have a brain. He’s a cartoonish manifestation of America’s id.
The dystopian future is now. Our 2016 election was a sick joke. On one hand we had the polished, hand-picked Washington insider who would guarantee another 4 years of status quo, politics as usual. On the other we had the a guy who made us long for Idiocracy’s Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbet Camacho.
People on both sides of the aisle despise Trump, and they should because he is a global embarrassment. This is a man who respects nothing. He doesn’t have class, or taste, or humility.
He’s the original reality star. In a society obsessed with reality shows that boost our self esteem by showing us how stupid, vain, and generally screwed up other people can be, it’s hardly a surprise we’ve selected a president from the genre. Donald Trump’s prowess as a real estate developer has long been questioned, but Donald Trump’s true success comes from his ability to turn being a jerk into an industry. Nobody has made phallic overcompensation so lucrative. Even while his ballyhooed deals were falling apart, Trump’s brand was on the rise. Hating him meant we could hate ourselves a little less, and eventually people grew to love him for it.
The elected leader of 300 million people ought to be smarter than most of them, and he certainly shouldn’t embody their worst traits.
Complaining about politics is a national pastime in the US, but nobody wants to admit what the real problem is. No, it’s not money, or corruption. Those are symptoms. The problem is a lack of participation by the citizens. In the US politics is like the Olympics. We care once every four years.
Candidates don’t just grow on trees. If you’re not dialed into your state legislative district, your city council, or your county trustees, you’re not taking control over who is in the pipeline, and if you’re not taking control over that, somebody else will. Enter money. Politicians will answer to whatever puts them in office. Money is nice, but votes are better. Ask Jeb, or Hillary.
If you know who Taylor Swift, or the Horse-faced Kardashian girl is dating, but you can’t name your State Senator, you’re part of the problem.
If you skipped the special ballot for city council because you didn’t want to miss your fantasy football draft, you’re part of the problem. The reason so many Americans wanted to wreck Washington by throwing a flaming orange bag of dog poop on its porch is because we haven’t been taking care of our political system.
Lincoln said it. Of the people, by the people, for the people. You can’t turn a blind eye to the off year elections. We have three branches of Federal Government, and a whole bunch of state and local posts. If you don’t take ownership of all of them, you’ve taken ownership of none.
Trump is the price we have to pay for decades worth of laziness. If you want to fix this, you’re going to have to spend a few minutes each week keeping abreast of politics. Not just Trump’s tweets; you need to get your hands on a newspaper and pay attention to the local stuff. Who is voting for what? And if there’s something you want done, get a hold of your representative and ask for it.
Showing up at the polls with your little cheat sheets doesn’t help. Taking your marching orders from the party isn’t how you fulfill your duties as a citizen. Have you seen our city government? We have a mayor and council members who took bribes, but avoided federal charges because they had a patsy who stood up and took the fall. All of the people who received money from Redflex were on the last ballot, fully endorsed by the Democratic party. How does that make you feel?
Pay attention. Show up.
It’s so easy, but our failure to do these two things is the reason we’re so disgruntled with our political system. Whether you voted for him or not, Trump is the embodiment of our disdain. He’s not the president we want, and a far cry from the one we need, but he’s definitely the president we deserve, and if we don’t get our crap together as an electorate, it’s only getting worse from here.
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