Saturday, January 14, 2017

Back in the saddle against a new brand of Statism

After a long self-imposed hiatus, I have decided to get back to publishing content here again. Honestly the Trump phenomenon, and subsequent backlash, has thoroughly inspired me.

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At the beginning of the election season I watched in horror as dozens of candidates were whittled down to two individuals that caught the almost undivided attention of the country with their unethical, and at times absolutely vile, behavior.

I still can't decide whether this election was a reflection of 'The People' or a betrayal of them. Maybe it was both. Years ago I saw the potential for a dramatic political snap-back from Obama's divisive rhetoric and radical policy direction in his second term. Admittedly I never imagined it would snap back this far.

Hillary Clinton was as unacceptable a candidate as Donald Trump was, so to me it mattered very little which was the ultimate victor. This was compounded by Gary Johnson's absolutely moronic campaign (more on that in an upcoming post).

I personally disengaged whenever possible and figured the cards were gonna fall where they may. I don't regret this, but now I see that my unique perspective might be appreciated once again now that a comical villain is in office. 

No one in my generation wanted to hear dissent when a smooth criminal like Obama was running the show. But with Donald Trump's emergence I know for a fact that there are receptive minds out there looking for alternative answers from objective thinkers.

The day after the election I was driving for a ride-share company and my first ride of the day was a young woman who was hysterically crying when I picked her up. She quickly calmed down after a little small talk and then proceeded to carry on a phone call with a friend about how Trump winning the election kept her up all night and she can't stop crying randomly. 

Now I can't help but wonder if she did anything to follow through on her promise to leave the country with her friend.

I previously couldn't imagine an election having this kind of effect on someone, but here she was. I then saw the same scene play out on YouTube from various celebrities, politicians, and random man-buns for months. It really is remarkable.

In the months since the election I have been asked innumerable times from both strangers and close friends what I thought of Trump's policies and behavior. Apparently my opinions mean something to a good number of people, enough for me to want to put them out into the ether again.

So, these experiences have led me to believe it is a perfect time for me to restart writing about current events and seeing if my perspective strikes a chord with some of my fellow countrymen. I am looking forward to hopefully giving you some really good thought-provoking content, thanks for tuning in again!