There are many threats that a Trump administration brings to the world at large, some real, some imagined. Many people are freaking out that his presidency is an existential threat to them, and if they’re in ISIS or an illegal immigrant living in America, then they clearly have a fair concern. But none of us truly know what his intentions are, where he stands on many important issues, and what changes his presidency will actually bring.
However, there is one battle that matters more than any, and it should matter to all of us. Trump’s policies will roll back environmental protection. His message this very evening made it clear that he’s willing to sacrifice our environment for short-term economic gain. And for the future of humanity, this may very well be suicidal.
But what I see everywhere on social media are red herrings. Distractions overblown by fears reverberating out of echo chambers, and it’s everything the left claims that the right does (and they do), but now the shoe is on the other foot, and frankly, it’s embarrassing.
Many of my friends didn’t read WikiLeaks. They supported the Neo-Liberal section of the Democratic Party, because of the party itself. They supported Hillary because Bernie told them it was OK to, regardless of how badly she and her friends screwed him during the primaries. So bad that DWS had to resign right before the Convention – only to be replaced by the equally corrupt Donna Brazile, who happily helped Hillary cheat her way to the nomination. There’s no moral justification for this, so it’s ignored within that echo chamber.
Many of my friends have no idea about the Honduran Constitutional Crisis of 2009, and what it revealed about Hillary’s character. They know how Republicans whined about Benghazi endlessly, and yes, they’ve been corrupt idiots crying wolf at Hillary for decades. So of course many open minds tuned out and ignored clear signs of her corruption, like her reaction to that right-wing military coup against a democratically elected government, or how she rewarded DWS & Brazile for their corruption. How the Democratic party leaders acted in these circumstances was shameful, everything a progressive should expect from a Neo-Conversative. But Obama and Hillary did it, so it must moral then, right?
No. Grow up. The heart of the democratic party is in a battle between a Neo-Liberal movement, and an anti-corruption movement. The Neo-Liberals cheated their way to victory, and were surprised when the anti-corruption candidate defeated them during the general election. And that’s where the cautious optimism starts to set it.
Because now both major parties might actually be shedding corruption. The Democrats just found out that hard way that they can’t compromise their morality anymore. The next candidate that emerges in 2020 should be a true progressive, one who is genuinely beyond partisan politics and cares about the issues (Tulsi Gabbard!). And maybe Trump will drain the swamp; I’m sure the liberal media will tell me otherwise every step of the way, but there’s some evidence that his intentions are genuine as well – only time will tell.
And by the way, I fully believe and have been scared that a Clinton presidency would have pushed us closer to war with Russia. Our continued fighting against the Assad regime is both illegal and against our best interests, as we’re preventing Syria from fighting ISIS. We have no business there, which both Trump and Gabbard agree upon, evident from their previous statements coupled with their meeting today. That sort of meeting gives me cautious optimism as well; out of all the Democratic leaders Trump could meet with, he chose one who showed she wasn’t corrupt during the primaries, one who has shown she won’t always vote with her party, but will act in the best interest of her country. Good for both of them!
That’s why so many millennials supported Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul over the last few elections; disagree with their specific politics all you want, but they’re honest, not corrupt, care about peace, know how to compromise, and put country first. The internet has become the great equalizer, and people know how to look past the party affiliation and into what truly matters – is this an intelligent, genuine person who is acting on our behalf? Each generation will only become smarter, more knowledgeable, and less easy to fool. The age of corruption is starting to end.
Both sides of the media will be lying to us, every day. Each party will lie and distort the messages of the other. They all have something to sell, and it’s rarely the truth. So as citizens, let’s not waste our energy fighting each other, or waging battles against non-existent threats that the media conjures as distractions.
We should be ready to act, but not yet; Trump isn’t president today. He hasn’t suggested any specific legislation that threatens our environment. He probably will, and that’s when people and organizations need to be ready to act. But if you’re fighting against him every step of the way, many otherwise independent minds might eventually stop listening, just like how many were unable to see Hillary’s corruption, because so many pointless battles had been waged against her already.
Let’s get ready to fight. Truth will be our weapon, research our ammunition, and together we can make sure that this isn’t an age of ignorance, and nor will it become an age of floods and natural disasters.