Politics

Re-Directing the Anger Post-Election

So Trump is to be the next president. What a huge surprise as so many didn’t think he could do it. What should be far more alarming than Trump’s win are the resentments and divisions it’s causing between people. Like it or not, Trump was a legitimate candidate, and any who voted for him had every right to do so. As we continue to move farther into the post-election season, it’s important we don’t get stuck in a cycle of hate and re-direct anger towards those who deserve it and away from each other.

The people who voted for Trump had their reasons for doing so, as did those who voted for Clinton. Some voted for a third party, but many people don’t view this as an option. Instead, they believed they had to make a choice and decide who was the lesser of two evils; a truly sad state of affairs. The campaign was ugly and brutal. The main focus for both sides was one of personal attacks and blame with little attention devoted to issues. They certainly did Jerry Springer proud.

So, whose fault was this? It isn’t our fellow citizens, it’s the establishment. These are the choices we were presented with. So why are people continuing to direct their anger towards each other in this post-election season? Where is it written that you must vote the way others want you to? The ballot box has always been regarded as a sacred and important part of how we define our country. Don’t be so quick to abuse it or in future it may come back on you. Harassing those who didn’t vote your way accomplishes nothing.

But undoubtedly, the establishment loves to see this happening. If our anger is directed at one another then it’s not directed at them – where it belongs. This is playing right into their hands, and the talking heads of the mainstream media is complicit in this. They accomplish this by appealing to people’s emotions and avoiding logic by way of misleading and false news. This is not beneficial, and is in fact a dangerous tactic. The more we take out our frustrations and anger on each other and not the establishment, then the less motivated they will be to make any changes. They just sit back and enjoy the show. Is this really the result we want?

Voting may or may not be rigged, but the system surely is. The political parties, corporations, banks, and lobbyists, aided by their mouthpiece the mainstream media, have molded and deformed the system to suit their needs and ignore ours. That’s why the election choices we had weren’t much of a choice at all; but the result was a start. The win for Trump signified, more than anything else, that Americans are fed up with the status quo. Perhaps this will lead to reform and better choices in the future. This is where we should be directing our energies in this post-election season and moving forward.

Real and meaningful reforms will have to be pursued doggedly and forcefully. They will not change or give anything up lightly or willingly. But it’s going to take perseverance and hard work to make it happen, and we can’t do that if we’re divided. You make might not like him, but Trump has won so let’s see where he takes us and how he does. After all, there will be another election four years from now. If we can keep the spotlight and pressure on the establishment, and they see we’re serious and united against their corruption, then hopefully we’ll see better choices next time around. If we allow this division to continue and build, we may see civil war instead.

Society

Death of a Politically Correct Society

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there was a society of people who were considered to be strong and prosperous, not only among themselves but by other societies as well. They had their problems and faults just as others did, but they were a spirited, independent society and set a standard that was widely respected and admired. Initially, they shunned away from taking a leading role in world affairs, but time and circumstance found them in position as world leaders. They embraced this role enthusiastically.

But as time went on things began to change. The advantages and possibilities that came with this status proved to be too tempting to resist, and they developed an egocentric mentality that corrupted their views and judgment, thereby forming the basis for all their decisions and actions.

They adopted an uncompromising approach to other societies and it came to be known that they used many nefarious and covert means to obtain their objectives. They were not mindful of effects or consequences, and their standing in the world fell as they came to be regarded with mistrust and doubt. This caused them many problems, but they refused to unbend from their self-interested ways and much chaos resulted and eventually spread.

The approach they took with their own citizens was also damaging yet subtle, and they used methods that were deceptive and gradual so that the majority of their people remained unaware of what this would ultimately mean for them. As the people became more complacent they also became more susceptible to the steady stream of propaganda and encroaching changes in their lives. One effective tool used involved taking two existing terminologies and replacing them with one that allowed for manipulation and behavioral control over time.

The old discarded terminologies were known as common courtesy and good manners. These were simple terms with uncomplicated definitions. They were what their names implied, which was a courteous nature and a respectful manner towards others. But these proved to be too simple and straightforward and therefore weren’t flexible enough, and so they were phased out of use and replaced.

The new term, known as politically correct, became so woven into society and how it functioned that most, besides those over a certain age, had only a vague awareness of the old terms and their meanings. This new term set parameters that made everything susceptible to criticism and change. Society was assessed and judged according to what the definition of politically correct was at a given time, and the definition continually expanded. The new term was supposed to promote tolerance and protect people from potentially offensive language or behavior, but it went too far and everyone became a potential victim or a potential offender, and sometimes both.

Warnings, regulations, and laws became attached to almost everything as it was believed that people needed to be protected not only from others but from themselves as well. Personal responsibility and consequences fell as it became easier to blame other people or situations for almost anything. Apologies, often without any genuine sincerity, became commonplace. Unpretentious behavior and language became the accepted norm as people learned that these were the new rules to abide by in order to succeed in life.

Concern with being politically correct came to dominate all aspects of life, both professional and personal. Strength of character, independent thinking, and a strong sense of self and responsibility were no longer cultivated or seen as desirable traits, and were discouraged. This had a negative and degrading effect on society and affected their views and relations with one another and with other societies as well.

This new manufactured reality was packaged and sold as individuality to their people, but this was a false concept. The molding and control of society was the end goal of the politically correct climate. Conformity was what they were really selling, and unfortunately many people bought it. It became acceptable to express only the views of the status quo and disagreement with this was seen as abnormal, highly questionable, and even dangerous. Life became one large duplicitous game which in the end ensured no winners.

So, how did this story end?

This remains to be seen, as this is not a fairy tale from long ago but an ongoing real story that has not yet played itself out. This is what is currently happening in America, and it’s clear that such an intense focus on being politically correct has had an adverse effect. We have gone from a society of strong individuals to a herd of weak sheep – ripe for the slaughter.

The question now is will the end come from an external source and event, or will we implode from within as our society continues its downward spiral?

Time will tell.