since the results of the US election, i have found myself in various stages of grief. Absolute crippling denial, palms outstretched in askance and despair…and now, i don’t even want to hear about Bannon and all the other appointees Trump is considering for his private petting zoo of cabinet and departmental posts.
People ask me, almost innocently, why i care about the US elections. Indeed, that is a fair question. Why do i care so much? I mean, being at least an 18 hour plane ride to the closest tip of the US, what sort of fucking implication it could possibly have right? I mean, conceivably, what could another country’s national policies and strategic directions have to do with us right?? RIGHT?? Well, i’m sure it wouldn’t matter if all you cared about are Korean drama serials, gorging your face with enough food to feed a family of four and buying enough shit to fill every goddamn crevice of your house before it starts becoming a serious fire hazard. But if you don’t fall into the above categories, possess a little more imagination and care about life beyond the plastic, shiny and the edible… then perhaps you may be more than a little perturbed about the latest political developments unfolding in the USA.
For a start, let’s just get this straight. Throughout the annals of history, the winners get to set the narrative and wield their influence across policies that decide who gets what, who has what and who lives how. Influence cannot be seen, only wielded in the most insidious of ways, which makes it one of the most dangerous tools at anyone’s disposal. The winners are also given a highly visible platform to propagate their narrative and in turn influence the masses to do their bidding. The problem with this wee issue of the platform which has been given the presidential mandate by the people, will now bear more weight ever than a fucking D-grade reality TV show…which means his fucking racist, misogynistic beliefs and rhetoric will now be afforded more legitimacy than Trump has ever been given in his lifetime. In short, his dangerous and provocative beliefs and whatever he deigns to mouth off in a 140 character tweet becomes THE word..listened keenly, pandered to…even by the most level headed of all politicians around (perhaps more so, considering the pragmatic need to consider national economic interests).
Therefore, Trump who’s overarching narrative has been based on racist rhetoric, thumbing down sections of the population at the expense of others, misogynistic beliefs that have clearly crossed into acts sexual harrasment and whose empire has been built off the backs of exploitation…now has the power to dictate national, global policies which has serious implications on the day to day lives of those that require protection, the weak, the disenfranchised and those that have already been battered by the forces of unequal and unfair treatment. Now, do you for one second, believe that your interests as a non-white, non-male, non- kazillionaire would be considered, much less adequately protected in the era of the hypocritical, two-faced, deceiving and thieving billionaire? Would you for one second believe that your agenda as a female, fighting for equality and right to assume your place at the table…to be a beneficiary of fair minded policies which have equally a snowball’s chance in hell of being created over the next four years?
It is so easy to think this doesn’t matter, that this is too far away. I wish it was but it’s not. Like it or not, the USA is a major economy and a leading actor in global trade policy and geopolitics. With this role, the country, and in this case the President also assumes the responsibility of becoming the implicit agenda setters for the world. With globalisation well and truly entrenched in the current world order, it is naive to think that a country halfway round the world will not be subject to the ripple effect of ill thought out policy actions of some neighbour up North.Therefore if the current President-elect, who’s only agenda has been to divide the country with lies for the benefit of his victory, and who’s premise of making the country great again is based on fuzzy promises grounded in discrimination and exclusionary practices…could you perhaps see why this would be important to YOU and of YOUR concern?
Trump has demonstrated on more than several occasions, his abject lack of consideration for any interests other than his own and that is enough reason for worry. And also, this my friends and gentlemonkeys, is why Trump matters…as much as you think/wish he didn’t.