Once again I woke up to a different world than the one I said goodnight too. It has only been a few months since the almighty Brexit and many of us are still licking our wounds, when yet another political bomb has gone off. 2016 has seen what some reports are calling the ‘West’s self destruction’ with the U.K voting to leave the EU and none other than the property tycoon Donald Trump becoming President Elect of the USA. I wonder, why didn’t anyone see this coming?
Last night I said to Mr Tammy as the news finished, ‘Hilary will win and we’ll wake up tomorrow and it will all be over’. I clearly didn’t learn as a few months back I said to Mr Tammy as the news finished on EU referendum day ‘I think we’ll stay in and tomorrow it will all be over’. Clearly a career in political forecasting is not beckoning. I am not however the only one as even the pollsters, every one of them got it wrong, on both occasions.
I could wax lyrical about why I think Donald Trump is a frightening choice for leader of America but I think my fellow blogger The Squirmy Popple has summed it up in this post oh and this one. Let’s face it the media hasn’t been shy in portraying the often frightening rhetoric championed by this man or the different and often aggressive approach in which he has run his campaign.
It scares the bejesuzes out of me that a man who can think it is OK to grab a woman by the pussy can even be considered a candidate for the President of the United States let alone go ahead and win. It troubles me that our sons can look up to leader who condones this and our daughters have seen the glass ceiling reinforced yet again. What scares me in equal measure however is that it is amazing what billions can do.
As I write this it is making me wonder, would it have made any difference is Hilary were a man? Why are so many people to keen to repeal Obama care? Why do so many people feel they are loosing ‘their’ America? Why do you people feel their best option for the best future is Donald Friggin Trump. Why did no one see this coming?
Do Trump voters really want to build a wall? Ban all Muslims from entering the US? Lock Hilary Clinton up? Did voters really buy into a campaign built on hate, anger and fear? I don’t want to believe thats why he won. It got him noticed yes, but surely that is not what got people into the booths.
It seems as though there are large portion of America and of course Britain that felt overlooked, ignored. As with the U.K Hilary Clinton won 32 of the 35 major cities cross the U.S, just as London overwhelming voted to remain within the EU. Yet it was the rest of the country, the smaller towns, the rural areas, the often deprived corners of the country that came out, that voted for change that wanted their voice heard and this was how they chose to make people listen. We saw this in the Brexit vote and we are seeing it again in the American vote.
Perhaps its time everybody wakes up and starts to listen and I mean really listen.
Only then, when all the voices have been heard and more than that, acted upon, perhaps we will see these things coming. Perhaps we won’t wake up to a world that is so different from the one we said goodnight to and we won’t be living in a state of division and uncertainty because it is ‘anti establishment’.
My heart goes out too all of those in the democrat party who looked so crestfallen as the results came in, all of those who are now genuinely concerned about what this means for them. Just as it did and does to all of those in Britain who are still living in uncertainty in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.
Since winning the election Mr Trump has said he want’s to be a President for all Americans and ‘bind the wounds of division’. Some are even saying his first speech was so powerful it soothed the rocky financial markets and gave hope that actually he might be more ‘Presidential’ (whatever that means) than anyone gave him credit for. Maybe. I hope so. I am not convinced.
We have heard time and time again those who ‘fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it’. Perhaps this year is our lesson, a painful one at that. A lesson to listen and take notice of everyone, to take nothing for granted. Not just to the privileged, the under privileged, a socio-economic group, a gender, a race, a political group but everyone. Everyone is a person and everyone should have a voice. Perhaps if we hear those voices the protest vote will be no more, then perhaps then we might see this coming and we might be able to avoid it…