The Trump Era Begins with a Temper Tantrum - and Not from Trump
You know, the aftermath of the election is almost as shocking as the results of the election. I was as outspoken in my opposition to Trump as I could be, to the point of actually losing friends and alienating old allies. But that's over now.
As the smoke clears and the country starts climbing out from under the rubble of this election season, you liberals need to understand something: You lost. Build a bridge and get over it. Donald trump is about to become your new President - whether you think he's "not your president" or not. Don't like it? Good. You were overdue for a good ass-kicking anyway.
See, here's the thing. Remember that election we had in 2008, when you elected Barack Obama? And again in 2012, when you elected him again? Well, the way you feel right now is exactly how I felt then. And millions of others as well. Obama's campaign rhetoric was socialist as hell. He talked all about how he wanted to "spread your wealth around" and how "at some point, you've got enough money." We saw that as straight-up Lenin. Thankfully, his actual policies were tempered by the prevalence of cooler heads, and Trump's will be too.
Make no mistake: I recognize that many of the things Trump said during the campaign were cause for concern. Mysogeny, racism and Islamophobia aren't minor issues, especially in such a powerful position. I'm also concerned about Pence and his penchant for overblown religious dogma. But I'm not assuming the worst just because I don't like the candidate. A man who has said bad things in the past (and the campaign is in the past now) isn't necessarily saying bad things today. We'll keep an eye on him, and will react accordingly to new outrages, should they arise. If I see something new to criticize in President Trump, I'll be all over it. But I'm not going to bash him just because he's a Republican, or just because he beat my candidate (Gary Johnson - I know, shut up). No sour grapes here, because I'm a grown-up. That's what we do.
Now stop lighting your damn sneakers on fire, go home and take a shower, and then go out and find a job. Because the first thing that needs to be fixed in the Trump era is you.