A vote for Donald Trump may seem crazy to most people outside of America-and a lot of people in America.
It's hard to understand why anyone would actually seriously even consider having him run the country-being the face of the country. His supporters certainly don't do anything to negate this stereotype that 'Americans are crazy'. Of course I know that for the majority of Americans, this isn't true (and don't even get me started on the concept of 'crazy').
But the fact is, that if you were to vote for a man who blatantly opposes anyone out of the norm (do you see the link to Hitler here?), promotes hate, fear and sexism, and prioritises tradition over diversity/the real world, what sort of world would this become? Because you have to remember that America, although it is steadily losing economic power, is a hugely influential country.
It's easy to say that his supporters are a little off their rockers..but maybe they're just scared, and stuck in their ways? Nostalgia builders. Republicanism (conservationism) is about conserving the old ideas, keeping to your own comfortable house which you bought with your hard-earned money (as if inequality from birth doesn't exist), and not allowing 'new ideas' such as homosexuality be accepted. If you wish to read a quick summary of Republicans VS Democrats, here's a link to a table summary: http://www.diffen.com/difference/Democrat_vs_Republican
But even forgetting about that whole divide, I believe that those supporting Donald Trump are scared. They're scared of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico. They fear mass rapes, like what happened in Cologne, being repeated across America, and the're afraid of Sharia(Islamic) law being enforced in their country. Here's my response:
Think about why Mexicans cross the border illegally, leaving family, friends, and their familiar community and life behind, to enter a country which will so often deprive them of their dignity and minor sense of security. Simply by 'building a wall between Mexico and America', will not solve the problem. That's just too simple a solution. Did you never see a person climb a wall, or find a way around one (metaphor-ok?)? This a structural issue. And building walls only increases tension and hostility. It quite clearly states that you think you're the better country. Instead, America should try helping it's neighbour (seriously, the Bible has some good stuff), address the issue, the complexity of issues that make Mexico such an unsafe and poverty-stricken country. But no, Trump is the type of guy who builds walls, and throws those who now live in America back over that wall, without concern over what they will land on on the other side.
'Islamaphobia' is a ridiculous fear to have. Sure, I don't agree with a lot of ideas in Islam either (the obvious sexism, harsh punishments etc.), but honestly, Christianity 'aint no saint either! Or any religion. It's the extremists that are making the news, and that's what we have to remember. And you should never, ever judge a person based on their religion. To be honest, we're afraid of the Middle-Eastern culture, because it's so outdated (republicans take note..you're not that far ahead), and actually, those countries(not everyone in them, I know) are often jealous of the wealth and power of the western world. So let's see, we're afraid, they're jealous over our wealth and power-fear, jealousy,wealth,power. What we should be doing is to try and bridge that gap, and meet these people-they're just people, and most people are just..people! Wonderful, kind, caring, human people, who can bitch and get angry and sad, just the same as we can. I think we often forget that, we look at them as a group of people, and judge that group too easily. I'm not saying it would be easy. It would be the hardest challenge of the modern world, but the most worthwhile one - to bridge divides, share the wealth, make the world a more equal place. Rape is another whole problem, but the ironic thing is that Republicans don't promote (proper) sex education, one of the most significant factors in preventing rape.
Donald Trump, like anyone, is not all bad. He wants to implement universal health care, and I'm sure that all he really wants to do is to protect his fellow Americans-'real Americans'. The problem I have with him is that he opposes gay rights, equality, feminism and is so self involved. God help you if you ever get dealt a bad hand in your life if he becomes president.
There are so many problems in America, like any country. But honestly, they all seem to be problems on a whole other level compared to our own in Europe. Racism(and 'cops' shooting black kids), sexism, the whole Republican/Democrat divide(!), inequality, military funding over healthcare(or lack of), gun 'rights'(honestly, and you wonder why you have such a high rate of fire-arm related deaths).
I love most Americans, don't get me wrong. I meet Americans so often in my workplace, so know that I'm not directing this at the American people..well, most of them, but simply at the culture. But I, and most people I know would not like to live there, just because the values simply do not connect with my own too often. And I would not feel safe (and not because of the 'illegal' Mexicans there).
I realise that I have been extremely harsh here, but it is just something I feel so strongly about, and am trying to understand. But if you are to take one thing from this, let it be this:
"Aim for what you want, not what you don't want or fear. It is only then that we can begin to decrease the constant bloodshed and lack of value for life, and create a sense of community, spreading real love around our increasingly-getting-smaller world." - Mikayla
Here's an email from Louis C.K that I found after writing this piece, which is written a lot better than what I have written! Like with anything, I, and you may not agree with everything he has to say about Donald Trump, but take what you will. And I know that you may not agree with what I've written, but I hope it did inspire something in you.
Take a look at some of the videos below, and the email.
Okay. I'm going back to bed. My kids don't get here for another hour.
P.S. Please stop it with voting for Trump. It was funny for a little while. But the guy is Hitler. And by that I mean that we are being Germany in the 30s. Do you think they saw the shit coming? Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over who would say anything at all.
And I'm not advocating for Hillary or Bernie. I like them both but frankly I wish the next president was a conservative only because we had Obama for eight years and we need balance. And not because I particularly enjoy the conservative agenda. I just think the government should reflect the people. And we are about 40 percent conservative and 40 percent liberal. When I was growing up and when I was a younger man, liberals and conservatives were friends with differences. They weren’t enemies. And it always made sense that everyone gets a president they like for a while and then hates the president for a while. But it only works if the conservatives put up a good candidate. A good smart conservative to face the liberal candidate so they can have a good argument and the country can decide which way to go this time.
Trump is not that. He's an insane bigot. He is dangerous.
If you are a true conservative. Don't vote for Trump. He is not one of you. He is one of him. Everything you have heard him say that you liked, if you look hard enough you will see that he one day said the exact opposite. He is playing you.
The email ends with his signature self-deprecation:
That's just my view. At least right now. I know I’m not qualified or particularly educated and I'm not right instead of you. I’m an idiot and I'm sure a bunch of you are very annoyed by this. Fucking celebrity with an opinion. I swear this isn’t really a political opinion. You don’t want to know my political opinions. (And I know that I’m only bringing myself trouble with this shit.) Trump has nothing to do with politics or ideology. He has to do with himself. And really I don't mean to insult anyone. Except Trump. I mean to insult him very much. And really I’m not saying he’s evil or a monster. In fact I don’t think Hitler was. The problem with saying that guys like that are monsters is that we don’t see them coming when they turn out to be human, which they all are. Everyone is. Trump is a messed up guy with a hole in his heart that he tries to fill with money and attention. He can never ever have enough of either and he’ll never stop trying. He’s sick. Which makes him really really interesting. And he pulls you towards him which somehow feels good or fascinatingly bad. He’s not a monster. He’s a sad man. But all this makes him horribly dangerous if he becomes president. Give him another TV show. Let him pay to put his name on buildings. But please stop voting for him. And please watch Horace and Pete.
Some seriously scary stuff
I love Pope Francis, although I do think he came across a bit harsh- I sense that, like me, he is very angry with Trump spreading so much hate. And he is right, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, Hindu- religion is about love at it's very core, which is why I don't consider extremist Musilms to be Muslim really, they just grew up in a Muslim community and using it as visual ammunition.
Obama may not be perfect (come on, you try be president, especially when you have so many opponents), but here he is shown to be thoughtful, eloquent and very wise (and totally unscripted).
A beautiful song that is all about dreams, peace and tranquility