Presidential Misery: Shit Won, Shit Lost

Boy, it’s been awhile. I didn’t think my first blog post in a good, long while would have to do with politics. Frankly, I hate politics.

One thing I actually make a concerted effort not to do is vent on social media. I include any blogging I do in that philosophy.

But I guess I see no harm in breaking that rule on occasion, especially under these circumstances.

For many people, as far as the eye can see, this 2016 United States presidential election has been taxing. For me, I saw two horrible, corrupt people leading the way to become arguably the most powerful person in the world. Meanwhile, the least corrupt people in this race, our third-party candidates, simply did not have the financial nor big media support to possibly compete. Imagine if the presidential debates were between four candidates instead of the two major party leaders? But I digress…

For me, I was confident that at least one of these horrible people would win this Presidential election. I was mentally and emotionally prepared for this eventuality.

So why am I feeling so emotionally drained, miserable, and angry?

It’s actually fairly simple; there are a couple of members of my family, people I love very much, that are acting like they won. They’re happy that Donald Trump won. They’re acting like an inspiring beacon of hope, truth, and justice has won the presidency.

And it’s pissing me off.

“Calm down. Don’t take this so seriously. Have a sense of humor about this.” My family members say. This is rich, considering the person who says this has a shorter temper than me, and basically yells about something stupid everyday of their life. Said person also emailed me a link to Trump’s acceptance speech and let me know that America will be great again. Unbelievable!

I’m charged and angry because their mindset is that one of these people running is horrible (Clinton) while the other is a fantastic human being (Trump.) It’s pissing me off, because they’re not necessarily saying this; instead, they keep saying it’s the “lesser of two evils.”  It’s pissing me off, because actions speak louder than words, and their actions are telling me very loudly and clearly that Donald Trump is the Superman ideal: the bastion of truth and justice that we should all aspire to.

I have never bought this argument. Like I said previously, both are horrible people. When you compare shit with shit, no matter how much paint and nail polish you pour over it, it’s still shit. And make no mistake; both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are both despicable human beings.

So please stop acting like good has conquered evil, because that’s not what happened. Evil was going to win in either event. Shit won and shit lost. Case closed.

Maybe America will be better in four years, when it’s all said and done. Maybe Trump will be the progressive president that he painted himself to be. And maybe, just maybe, he’ll at some point recognize the delusional mindset and cognitive dissonance that plagues his psyche and make a concerted effort to move forward and become a better human being. At this point, that’s all I can hope and pray for.

But if I were a betting man, I’d say America will be worse off. He’ll do nothing to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Foreign relations will be jeopardized. Mega corporations, the foundations of extreme corporate greed and corruption (and ironically backers of Clinton) will be richer than ever with corporate taxes having been cut. And Donald Trump will be much wealthier than he is now, much more than the President’s annual salary would indicate.

Perhaps the greatest irony is if Hillary Clinton won, I would have written the exact same final paragraph. That’s how horrible this presidential election has been. And perhaps, for the moment, it’s what America deserves.