Trump reflections

 

I think the biggest lesson of this election is this: People love a good story way more than they like reality. Trump lied constantly, and had neither the temperament, the experience, nor the plans to change American lives for the better… but he knows how to spin an enthralling yarn.

Everything he promised is objectively bullshit. People with actual experience in economics, immigration, constitutional law, etc. said as much. Experts in every area came out against him, but America didn’t care. They liked his stories where other people were to blame for their problems and everything had a simple, intuitive fix. The blatant lies didn’t matter, as long as the story made them feel good.

America didn’t just give the middle finger to the elites. They said “fuck you” to everyone with expertise, to everyone in positions of earned authority, everyone who was trying to tell them what to do. America said, “You’re not the boss of me, I’m going to vote for an authoritarian who will tell YOU what to do.”

– S.O’B

Written by a friend of mine on Facebook.

I have had many reactions to the Trump popularity and now election. Here are a few:

From this spring on, I – and others I know – had an intuitive knowing he would be elected. From this morning of, the morning of the election and even before any results came in – I had a sickening feeling in my body.

He is insane. He may be literally insane. His level of projection, bigotry, sexism, islamophobia, vengefulness etc. is off the charts.

He seems to take delight in creating chaos. That’s a very dangerous quality of a leader of any country.

He seems to take delight in denying reality. He repeats and indulges in dangerous lies even if they are easily shown to be lies.

Trump is not really fit to be the leader of anything, apart from perhaps some crazy reality TV show.

He speaks to very legitimate fears and concerns many people have, especially how politics often serve corporate interests over those of people (neoliberal globalization etc.) The bail-out of the banks, instead of jailing the ones responsible, is one of many examples of why people are rightfully distrustful of politicians. And yet, his solutions are uninformed, misguided, and ranging from terrible to disastrous.

Some people compare him to Hitler, and others say he is not nearly as bad. Hitler wasn’t nearly as bad either at the time he was elected. The parallels are, at the very least, scary.

I feel sad Bernie Sanders did not become the Democratic nominee. Polls at the time showed that he was much stronger against Trump (clear advantage) than Clinton (much closer). Bernie speaks to many of the same concerns as Trump but has sane, proven, and inclusive solutions.

I would have voted for Hillary Clinton if I could, but I am not at all enthusiastic about her. She is far too aligned with corporate interests. (I know that’s partly strategic on her part, but still…. it’s a poor strategy when corporate interests so often are not the interests of people, ecosystems, and future generations.)

What will happen now? I am not sure. Personally, I have had a sense for a few months that I would leave the US for a while. I would find it easier to deal with Trump watching him from another country.

Hopefully, the democratic party will reform and address the very real issues and concerns that got Trump elected. I also suspect that the Republican partly will be torn apart to some extent, with pro- and anti-Trump segments (that’s already happening).

Trump is notoriously unpredictable, so just about anything could happen. He’ll likely try to get as much through of his campaign promises as possible. There is no reason to think he will be much different from the person we saw during the campaign. The republican congress will support much of it, and may oppose or block some of his more extreme policies.

He will set a new low standard in public discourse and politics, and this will be a model for others to follow.

He will most likely undo a great deal of social and environmental progress made over the previous several decades. His presidency will set back any efforts to reduce the severity of climate change (already on track to be severe).

He is likely to cause rifts with other countries. In the worst case, we’ll see his vengefulness and unpredictability cause very dangerous international situations and conflicts.

Trump doesn’t have the experience – and perhaps not the inclination – to lead the country. So his advisors will probably do a lot of the work, as they did with G.W. Bush. And these advisors may be as or more dangerous – socially and environmentally – than Trump himself.

It’s possible that he’ll resign or lose his presidency within a year or two and we’ll get another Republican president. Someone a bit more level headed and predictable, but still one who can do a great deal of harm, especially in the social and environmental areas.

It’s also possible something good will come out of the destruction. He may motivate life-centered engagement more than anyone else. Out of the ashes, something new and more life-affirming may emerge. We’ll see.

Most likely, what happens will be a mix of several of these things. Typically, things won’t be as bad as we fear or as good as we hope, although Trump has a way of go outside of the norm.

My hunch: He will go after his enemies (and will be partially stopped by courts and the law). He will try to get as many things done in as short a period as possible. He’ll get nearly full support of some Republicans, although many will oppose some of his more extreme projects. He will resign within one or two years, giving a reason that allows him to save face. (That he wants to focus on his family and/or TV network or another business project.) Another Republican will take over and continue some of his more regressive social and environmental policies but in a more professional manner. (Which, in some ways, is more dangerous.) A Democrat will be elected in 2020. This person will be slightly more in the Bernie Sanders camp. It could be Elizabeth Warren, but I think it will be someone else who is slightly more mainstream in their views. (Elon Musk would have been an exciting possibility, but he is not born a US citizen.)

Here is a post from early on the election day from another friend of mine:

If Trump wins, it is my belief that he will bring forth the movement, the revolution, faster than Clinton would because people will be much more motivated to do so. So fret not, if he wins, if the dark worker wins, (and dark workers are just as important in history as light workers) there will be revolutionary change even faster, but with more unfortunate consequences, drama, and maybe even fatalities. With Clinton in place, the movement will be slower going, safer and boring in comparison, but either way the Bernie movement will happen! I KNOW it in my bones that in my lifetime I will see the World fall apart and put itself back together again.”

My prayer now: Let the falling apart be as swift and light and easy as possible for all involved. Let curiosity diffuse fear and show everyone the magic that’s possible when anger expressed is met with an innocent heart. Anger is more fear after all, it’s just bigger looking and sounding. It’s scarier and hence creates more fear.

In the coming days and weeks and months I will strive to continue to grow my capacity to deal with fear and anger in myself and anyone who expresses it around me. When I feel it or see it, I will use it as my cue to get curious as much as possible. To find beauty in the moment as much as possible with everyone I meet.

Finding the blessings and beauty in any tense situation diffuses it immediately. Try it yourself. Next time you see someone angry or afraid, find anything to compliment them about genuinely. See what happens. Let me know if you do it. I’m so curious!

– MB

Update the following morning: for the last several months, my thoughts have sometimes said “he can’t possibly be voted in” but my knowing has said otherwise. Now, my thoughts try out “it won’t be that bad” but again there is a sense in me saying otherwise. It may be as bad as we fear, or worse.

With regular democrats and republicans, there is a regular level of craziness. They may go to war for oil or to get a regional foothold, or even to line the pockets of contractors. They may change some social and environmental policies. But in general, they keep things pretty stable. With Trump, it’s easy to imagine that it can spiral out of control. He is Loki, a chaos maker, and someone who seems to delight in chaos. It may lead to a situation beyond what most people are currently willing to imagine, as this historical analysis points out.

Additional notes Nov. 10, 2016

Making a mess and blaming Obama. Judging from Trump’s personality and proposed policies, it doesn’t take much to predict that things will take a bad turn during his presidency. There will be a likely economic downturn, a worsening situation for the middle class and the poor, international conflicts, and ecosystem degradation. And what have Republicans done in the past, and are likely to do again? Blame the democrats, and in this case Obama.

Why did people vote for him? A part of me is astonished that so many would vote for him. As mentioned above, the ones voting for him are among the ones that will be hardest hit by his policies. (As so often is the case.) History shows that these types of leaders often lead to social disasters. Anyone who knows anything about social issues, history, science, sustainability, economy etc. says his policies are deeply misguided and likely disastrous. And yet, people vote for him. I guess it’s partly because they support one or a few of his policies, and are willing to live with the (outcome) of the rest. Some may support him out of emotional reactiveness, leaving rationality to the side. Some may have supported and voted for him as a protest against the political establishment, assuming he wouldn’t be elected. Some may be uninformed or misinformed about certain issues. And Fox news has certainly played a big role as well. They have prepared the ground for a candidate like Trump for many years now, through promoting anger, bigotry, and disregard for reality. So another part of me is not surprised at all that so many would vote for him.

Privatization, social safety nets, ecosystem degradation etc. Trump is likely to follow the often misguided policy of privatization of what’s collectively owned, and that’s difficult to reverse. It’s sad to me that so many still support privatization, and do so out of ideology rather than looking at the actual consequences of privatization. (Good for a few corporations, usually bad for everyone else.) Trump is also likely to do away with social safety nets. And his policies will hasten climate change and ecological degradation. In each of these cases, the ones voting for him – often the less wealthy and less educated whites – are among the ones who will be harmed the most. History is rife with examples of people supporting exactly that which will harm them the most.

Bankruptcies. Trump bankrupts companies. That’s what he does. So why would we think he will do it differently with the US?

How I can use this in my life. Personally, I hope I can use this opportunity to: Deepen in love/kindness for myself, others, and what is triggered in me. For healing old wounds being retriggered by what is and will be happening. And for clarity about how I wish to use this situation, how I can find in myself what I see in him, and more.

Kindness and firmness. Socially, this is calling for kindness as well as firmness.

Solidarity. 

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

– from the Holocaust Encyclopedia 

I fear this quote will become very relevant again. This time, it’s not (only) about socialists, jews, unionists etc. but also about LGBT people, Muslims, latinos, pregnant women, less wealthy white people when the social safety nets are removed, nature, future generations, and more. In a very real sense, Trump’s policies will “come for” a great deal of the US population. They will come for all of us.

Nov. 11, 2016

Trump consulting with Obama. Trump seemed stunned and subdued when it was clear he was elected president, and also when he consulted with Obama. (Of course, he had to lie saying he was scheduled for only 10-15 minutes but it went so well it went longer, when he was really scheduled for the length of time he was there.) I assume he will refind his bravado as soon as he has his cabinet in place.

Who will win? Who will benefit from a Trump presidency? Putin, ISIS, the petroleum industry, and some corporations. The rest will probably lose. Earth and future generations will lose, unless the Trump presidency will mobilize life-centered forces which will eventually turn it around.

Stupidity? Many see the Trump supporters, along with the Brexiters, as stupid. I must admit that thought is familiar to me too. There are, of course, many reasons why people would support Trump. They may agree with one or a few of his policies, and those are important enough for them to accept or live with the rest.

They may support him out of emotional reactivity (fear, anger) and not really care so much about what his policies will actually mean for their life. They may have thought “I’ll vote for him as a protest because he won’t be elected anyway”. They may be misinformed by Fox news, Trump himself, and other sources. They may be ignorant about history and the likely effects of his policies. They may think they will be out of harm’s way while only others will suffer.

Are any of these stupid? Are all of them stupid? It all depends on how we define stupidity. Is it stupid to act against one’s own best interest? To not make sure you are well informed? To not care what happens to other people, including your own children?

My first impulse is that most of these are pretty stupid. And I also know there are understandable reasons behind each of them.

Speaking his mind? Some folks supported him because he “speaks his mind”. He may speak his mind, but is it admirable for someone who is not in his right mind to speak his mind? What these people likely mean is that when Trump is racist, bigoted, and crude, he speaks for them. He speaks according to how they see the world. And that racism, bigotry, and crudeness comes from anger, fear, and pain. It comes from being hurt, most likely from a combination of structural reasons (lack of education and work/money-making opportunities) and personal reasons (wounds and hurt passed on through the generations).

Short lived? I do think there is a good chance Trump won’t last four years. He may voluntarily resign because the job isn’t what he thought it would be. Or the Republican congress may get rid of him because he is too unpredictable. In either case, another Republican will take over and it may be Pence. He will be less of a Loki, but may also be more effective in getting through some of the more socially and environmentally backwards republican policies.

Millennials. If only millenials voted, Hillary would have won overwhelmingly (I think only a couple of states would have gone for Trump). That in itself doesn’t mean that future voters will vote in a more progressive or liberal direction. As people grow older and have more to protect, they tend to become more conservative (not all, of course).

Climate change and sustainability. I am still baffled by why conservatives don’t embrace sustainability more fully than they do. It’s a huge opportunity for innovation and business. Of course, the reason many conservative politicians oppose it is that their interests are in the “old energy” industry. They don’t want change, even if it change would mean innovation and huge business opportunities. Which, of course, brings up another baffling thing. Why don’t we see the petroleum industry funnel more money and resources into renewable energy research and technology? Don’t they want to be on the forefront when the shift inevitably happens on a much larger scale than today? Are they not looking ahead? And one answer is “no”, partly because they need to show short term profits to their shareholders.

A changed Trump? Is there a chance we’ll see another side of Trump? The answer is probably yes and no. We’ll probably see someone more focused on the tasks so perhaps more subdued. And he will still most likely go ahead implementing his policies as best as he can. If he is smart, he’ll outwardly appease while quietly implementing his regressive policies.

Normalizing the insanity? A fear that many are expressing is that the media and others will normalize the bigotry and insanity. Now that he’s president, he’ll not be confronted with it as before since… he is president. You should be respectful. It can’t be that bad, since he is president. We shouldn’t question it too much, since so many voted for him. To me, the opposite is more true. Since he is president, he should not be allowed in any way to get away with bigotry or proven lies.

Isolated realms. Another issue many talk about is the isolated realms of information we see today. People seek out information sources they already agree with. And people move to places where people like them live. (Which is why I like places like the Bay Area, Portland, Boulder etc.) This means that we tend to get our attitudes, assumptions, and values affirmed daily. And we rarely have fruitful conversations with people who have significantly differing views. For instance, I tend to avoid Fox News and similar sources, and communities where a lot of conservatives are. And I am sure most who watch Fox News avoid The Guardian and the info sources and communities I tend to seek out.

This election is an example of how people have wildly differing views on the same topics, and are equally baffled by the other side. I see Trump as a compulsive liar, as shown by fact checking from numerous sources. And they see “crooked Hillary” (which I don’t quite understand since she has a good fact checking rating). They may think climate change is nonsense, while I see it – and sustainability in general – as the main issue of our times. (And one that can generate innovation, jobs, and a growing economy.) They may think Trump is a great business man, while I see someone who inherited a great deal of money to start with, had to be bailed out by his father, and has made a business out of tax avoidance and bankruptcies. I see someone who is bigoted, racist, sexist, and Islamophobic, while they see him as speaking his mind and saying it as it is. I see him as another in a long historical line of dangerous authoritarians, while they see him as someone with the solutions. I think I am right and have the facts on my side, and they think the same about themselves and their views.

How will future generations see Trump? It will be mixed, of course, and it will depend on what he actually ends up doing. At the very least, he will be seen as an incarnation of the climate change villains. The ones denying the obvious, that we are changing the climate (how could we possibly not with all the emissions?) and that this change will be dramatic and impact nature and people in dramatic ways. The ones willfully turning a blind eye on the situation future generations will find themselves in. It’s also possible that his unpredictable  Loki qualities will disrupt society dramatically in the shorter term, either in regions of the planet or globally. Unless, of course, the republicans get rid of him first.

I’ll add a few words about the climate deniers: The climate denying information is largely from the petroleum industry, and just as the tobacco industry, their primary goal is not to convince people it’s not happening but to sow just enough doubt to prevent real action to be taken. Also, just a basic knowledge of science tells us that (a) we are releasing significant amount of greenhouse gasses, (b) these gasses do just what their name say, they act as a greenhouse, and (c) the actual heating of the atmosphere fits the prediction from the models. There is no way it’s not happening, and it’s not happening due to human activities. At the same time, it’s a huge opportunity – as said above – for innovation, new industry and businesses, and economic growth. It’s a huge opportunity for us to shift into a more sustainable society in general, for a large number of reasons beyond climate change.

Why am I writing this? Partly to get it out. Partly so there is just one more voice saying that we see Trump. We see him for the opportunist he is. We see the risks inherent in his policies. And a part of me just want me and others to know that I see it. I am on the right side of history. (Or, at least, I think I am….! And we know how reliable thoughts are.)

Nuanced view. It’s important to understand why people voted for Trump. For instance, I just read an article written by a progressive Muslim woman who voted for him because she sees radical Islam as the highest priority in the world today and Trump as the best one to deal with it. (I disagree with both, but that doesn’t matter here.) I am sure there are thousands of different reasons why people voted for him, and they all make sense from the situation and information the person was acting from.

Boy king. Judging from how lost and subdued he looked after the election, and the emotional immaturity he has shown through the campaign, I assume he may be another boy king, similar to George W. Bush. If that’s the case, his cabinet and advisors will practically run the show (as they did with George W. Bush). And that may mean, depending on how well or unruly this boy king otherwise acts, that the republicans will let him stay through the four years, or they may decide to get rid of him.

Christians? Polls and exit polls show that Evangelical Christians overwhelmingly supported Trump. He is the most obviously anti-Christian candidate in a long time, perhaps ever, and Christians supported him? His words and actions are just about the opposite of Jesus. (Jesus promoted kindness and respect, especially towards the “other”. Trump, the exact opposite.) So why did they support him? Most likely, because they acted from ideology and a quite distorted form of Christianity. (As I see it, at least.)

Polling problems? Some see it as a surprise that Trump was elected, but it wasn’t really for those of us who followed FiveThirtyEight. It was clear that there were only a few percentage points between them, that there were a lot of undecided voters, and a larger than usual possibility of polling errors. They had Trump’s odds at 1 of 3, and those are pretty decent odds.

Nov. 12, 2016

The lion that became a lamb? Judging from his demeanor and words after being elected, Trump is right now the lion who became a lamb. He seems in shock over what happened. According to people who worked closely with him, he didn’t even really want to win the nomination, far less the presidency.

He may appear as a lamb right now, but that’s far from reality. The biographies about him tell us about someone who is ruthless, repeatedly gets into conflicts and lawsuits, doesn’t pay his employees, is happy to run a scam (Trump University), drives businesses to bankruptcy, and leaves a mess without cleaning up after himself. And the people he is currently surrounding himself with are a great cause of concern.

Hillary Clinton vs Bernie Sanders. The DNC clearly wanted Hillary to be their candidate. If they had created a more fair playing ground, it’s quite possible that Bernie would have been their candidate. Polls at the time showed that Bernie would have a clear advantage over Trump, while Clinton would not. And still, the DNC strongly supported Hillary. Perhaps because she was the insider candidate, the apparently “safe bet”, during an election where many voters wanted change. Hillary was and is in the pocket of big money interests, and people are smart enough to know that big money interests – more often than not – are not their interests.

Nov. 14, 2016

Hate? There is a reason why many say that Trump’s campaign was mostly about hate and bigotry. Those were the most salient aspects of his campaign, and his policies are either non-existent and are much more likely to harm most people than help them. If most good reasons to vote for him are non-existent, the hate argument is what’s left. Of course, I see most of those voting for him as misguided or misinformed, or valuing one aspect of his policies too high and disregarding the serious consequences of the rest.

Why do people vote for policies which will harm them? Why do people vote for policies that are likely to harm them? (Removing social safety nets etc.) The reasons are probably many and varied. Acting on emotional reactivity instead of reason. Agreeing with one aspect of his “policies” and being willing to live with the rest. Party loyalty. (Even if he is not really a republican.) Being uninformed – about him (his history) and the consequences of his policies (the information is out there).

Bringing in his family. Trump wants to bring in his family (children etc.) among his closest advisors. That’s typical of someone who only trusts a few and has a dislike of anyone disagreeing with him. It’s a set-up for group-think and unfortunate decisions.  Anyone familiar with history and social psychology knows the importance of people who can think critically and independently in any organization, and whose task it is to speak up about these differing views. It may be less comfortable in the short run, and may create a more work, but the decisions tend to be more sane, robust, and informed.

Political correctness. Some use the term “political correctness” in a derogatory way. As something people follow only because they think they should. To me, political correctness is just what naturally comes out of respect, kindness, and understanding. (Of course, it can go too far, especially if respecting a diversity of views is not included.)

How will it end? Anything could happen, of course. Here is my sense, from least to more likely.

(a) He may be re-elected in four years. The only way that could happen is if he, and the republicans, are able to convince enough people that the disasters brought about by Trump and the republicans are Obama’s fault. (Fox News will undoubtedly take that angle.)

(b) He may last four years and not run again. This is slightly more likely since I doubt he’ll enjoy being a president. The exception is if he is able to delegate almost all of the work to others, in which case he may want to run again.

(c) He won’t last four years. I think this is reasonably likely. (i) Some think he may end up in jail, but I think that’s too optimistic. There is a weird reversal in the US where the rhetoric is sometimes very disrespectful (not so healthy) and the actuality is that they have too much respect for the president. One example is that G.W. Bush & co. blatantly and obviously lying to start the Iraq war all went free. (ii) I think it’s slightly more likley he will be impeached and has to step down. The republicans may get tired of him and his unpredictability, and want a more ordinary republican to take over. (iii) The most likely, in my view, is that he will resign within one or two years. He may resign if his legal or impeachment situation gets too heated. Or simply because he is tired of the job. In either case, he’ll blame someone else and also say he is resigning so he can spend time with family, and/or on a new business venture.

Business man? Apparently, some who voted for him did so because he is a “successful business man”. I don’t know why they think being a good business man means you’ll be a good president? The skillsets required are mostly very different. Also, why would they think he is a “successful” business man? His track record is relatively abysmal and disturbing.

Difficult to reverse? The most worrying aspect of a Trump presidency is that some or much of what he does may be irreversible or difficult to reverse. Doing away with social safety nets is one. Environmental damage is another. And privatization is a third. I assume setting a new abysmal standard for public discourse and how to do politics is yet another. Our collective expectations and norms for dignity and basic respect for others are likely to be eroded. It’s faster and easier to tear something down than build it up. And Trump is reckless enough to want to tear a great deal down.

Loyalty over qualifications. Looking at the people Trump is gathering for his cabinet, it’s easy to see that he values loyalty over qualifications. Perhaps because people who are qualified repeatedly has quit his campaign. It’s a sign of someone not good at working with others, perhaps slightly paranoid, and who does not value quality work. And this is not a surprise looking at his history.

Short sightedness. Of course, from my perspective, a big theme with Trump is short sightedness. If we wanted to really help people, he would (a) strengthen social safety nets (the whole of society benefits in several ways), (b) focus on renewable energy (fuels innovation, creates new businesses, is inevitable), (c) be inclusive (to broaden his own base). And in reality, he is doing the opposite.

Nov. 18, 2016

Recklessness. I am repeating myself. It’s hard to believe that people voted for Trump considering how reckless and unpredictable he is. As Harry Belafonte wrote: What do we have to lose? Everything. So much of what has been built up over decades can so easily be torn down by reckless actions. And many of those who voted for him are those who will be the hardest hit. Of course, many will blame it someone else rather than admitting that Trump’s policies, if they can be called that, are aimed at tearing down what makes up a modern civilized society. And that we will all be impacted by the consequences.

Bubbles and confirmation bias. The information bubbles people live in these days are worrisome, as so many points out. It’s hard for me to understand why anyone would vote for Trump since I don’t know their background or reasons. Even if I do, for instance with the progressive Muslim woman supporting Trump because she (a) sees Islamic terrorism as the greatest threat in the world today, and (b) think Trump can deal with it more effectively, it often still makes little sense to me. Similarly, on the side of the Trump supporters, I assume little of what Trump does – or the consequences of his actions – will have much impact on their views. Especially since many of his supporters are “low information voters” and also dismiss what science and statistics show us.

Anti-globalization? Back in the 90s, I worked – along with other things – with educating people about the effects of neoliberal or corporate globalization. Mainly, the international agreements that placed corporate profit over the interests and well-being of people, nature, and future generations. Brexit and the election of Trump has been seen as a reacting against this form of globalization, triggered by the bailout of banks and other high-profile cases. Many in the democratic party – including Hillary Clinton – has been at the forefront of supporting this very misguided form of globalization. This is not anti-globlization, or even against “free trade”. It’s about specific policies elevating corporate profit at the expense of everyone and everything else.

Of course, many Trump supporters are not well informed about the history of corporate globalization, but they do notice that the “political elite” panders to corporations and often ignore the very real needs of ordinary people. As many point out, Trump’s solution is to blame different groups of people (Lations, Muslims etc.) while the real solution is structural. It’s governmental control of corporations, and international policies that support the needs and well-being of people, nature, and future generations.

A poke at the “elite”. Brexit and the Trump election are, among other things, an obvious poke at the “elite”. For many, supporting Trump comes more from emotional reactiveness than a rational evaluation of his policies (to the extent he has any consistent ones). In short, some voting for him did it more to feel good short term even if it potentially means a great deal of harm to them in the longer term. (Removal of social safety nets, regressive social policies, economic downturn etc.)

Two party system. One of the many downsides of the US two party system, is that a razor thin majority can lead to an entierly different government. Right now, people on both sides feel that the progressives have failed and the “alt-right” have taken over the country. That is true in one sense, but not at all true in a more real sense. It’s still the same country that elected Obama and where a significant portion support Bernie Sanders.

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