Tomorrow everything will change. We will elect a new president of these United States of America and no matter who will wins, it will alter our future.
We’re at a jumping off place.
It’s just still up in the air as to who our chosen will be once we land.
I’ve stayed pretty quiet on the blog about politics, mentioning a candidate’s name only once, and doing that in a personal reflection piece about how this election has affected me as a woman.
But today I’m going out on a limb, taking a risk, and knowing for certain that some of you will hit the unsubscribe button after reading.
If you’ve read this blog long enough, you already know how I lean. So here’s my two cents for you today, if you’re one of the people who (like me) hasn’t voted yet.
How We Got Here
If your only reason for voting Trump is because of the “but Hillary” argument, you need to know how we got here. How we arrived at this moment in history in which the unthinkable candidate, the Frankenstein creation of extreme right-wing politics, could quite possibly be elected to the highest office in the civilized world.
It’s a frightening journey.
A friend shared a documentary with me this weekend and I knew when I saw it that I needed to share it with you. Don’t let the title scare you off. It’s one man’s opinion and who knows if there’s actually a diagnosis. I doubt it.
Even still, it’s less about Trump himself, and more about the underworking of politics in America that created the perfect storm for a candidate like Trump to run for president.
The documentary is sensational, for sure. There is ominous music in the background and it is a one-sided commentary on Trump’s rise to power. But it’s what some of us have seen happening all along.
I know Hillary isn’t everyone’s favorite. She’s a lifetime politician and that turns people off. I remember when she was first lady and everybody I knew hated her back then. I know her positions on sensitive issues are what keep some people from voting for her. And I get it, sort of.
But I can promise you this: Trump is not and never will be “the lesser of two evils.”
America, We’re Smarter than This
What scares me most after watching the video is the trend I’ve observed for several years now — and that is the embrace of anti-intellectualism. An ever-increasing number of people in our nation seem proud of their ignorance, dismissing educated individuals as “elitist” and “out of touch.”
There is a huge segment of the population who’ve chosen to ignore and deny science, who believe anything they read on the internet, who don’t know how or simply won’t do any objective research of their own. People don’t read anymore, and to be honest, that fact alone scares the living daylights out of me.
We’ve become a people who don’t value intelligence or education anymore. We don’t understand history. We ignore facts and statistics and make important decisions based on our “feelings.” Most of us — including Donald Trump — don’t even know how our government works, not really.
It’s a complete dumbing down of America if we’re willing to elect a person who is a Washington outsider, but who is completely clueless about how to preside over this nation, let alone “make it great again.”
America, we’ve come too far and accomplished too much to let this happen. In spite of the trends, I believe we are smarter than this. We have to be.
Which Surgeon Would You Choose?
Two years ago, I had brain surgery.
It wasn’t a life threatening condition, but my headaches were severe enough that I chose to go under the knife.
When choosing a surgeon, I didn’t look for the doctor who could convince me through his rhetoric or bedside manner that he was “the only one who could fix it.” I didn’t look for a doctor who agreed with me on every moral or social issue, and I certainly didn’t look for one who was “an outsider,” no matter how “elitist” the field of neurosurgery seemed to me.
No, I didn’t look at any of those things.
- Instead, I chose a surgeon who was top in his field, the one other doctors recommended.
- I chose a doctor who was board-certified and who had performed this particular surgery dozens of times.
- I went for the smartest, most experienced guy I could find, the one who had proven he knew what to do — before letting him cut my head open.
America, we’re in for some serious change. As I said earlier, we’re at a jumping off point.
So I have to challenge you today, because I’ll regret it if I don’t.
If you’re going to have your head cut open, who do you choose?
Because we’re there. Tomorrow’s operating day. America’s going under the knife.
And I don’t know about you, but I sure as heck don’t want Donald Trump scrubbing in come January.