Fandango’s Provocative Question this week asks:
What do you think about what happened in the United States yesterday? Are you shocked or surprised at the outcome, if it’s even known as you read this? Or are the results of the election what you expected? And finally, are you happy, or unhappy?
What can I say… Don’t even get me started… WTF America?
Trump being up to his usual stupid dirty tricks and throwing his toys out the pram in pathetic childish tantrums because not everyone wants to play with him the way he wants is pretty much as expected. Trump threatening to get the Supreme Court to stop vote counting in states where he’s already ahead but wanting the counting to continue in states where Biden is already ahead is laughable, but not unexpected. Right now he might get a second term, or he might not, but Trump is Trump and his arrogant bully-boy ignorance of due process, however distasteful, is not unexpected.
But what I’m shocked at, truly shocked at, and what I didn’t expect was the unbelievably high level of support Trump has been given from so many brain-washed Americans after four solid years of deliberately inciting hatred and division and pretty much single-handedly dismantling the last of America’s respected position across the world.
If Trump gets in again I wouldn’t be at all surprised if another all-out civil war may be on the cards, and America as we know it disappears. If Biden gets in, Trump and his Proud-Boys-on-stand-by will undoubtedly kick off big time and constant civil unrest will probably lead to a self-destructive gunfight at the OK Corral implosion, and again America as we know it disappears.
Over the last four years the world has seen a side – a truly nasty exposed fetid underbelly – of America we can’t now unsee. Trump’s America reminds me of George Orwell’s dystopian Animal Farm, where years after the animals rid themselves of the farmer in order to run the farm themselves, the pigs rise through the ranks to take over everyone else with the skewed principle that ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’. The pigs become so human in appearance and action it becomes difficult to differentiate.
Democracy feels directly under threat. America fought a War of Independence to rid themselves of British Rule, only to have the infamously autocratic King Donald behaving like an absolute monarch presiding over his pandemic-infected collateral-damage people only a couple of hundred years later. This preening narcissist loves himself bigly, we all knew that, but I’m seriously disappointed that so many others seem so unwaveringly under his spell and clearly love him bigly too…
So no, I guess you could say I’m not happy with the whole situation in America today, whatever the final outcome of yesterday’s election… Seriously, WTF America? 😦