“Don’t stop thinkin’ about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here
It’ll be here better than before
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone!”
– Fleetwood Mac, “Don’t Stop”
According to former Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, a possible Trump presidency is not their idea of a better tomorrow.
All four have come out against the entrepreneurial mogul’s attempts to win the Republican nomination for the Presidential Election. Carter and Clinton, whose wife is running against Mr. Trump, have come out strongly against Mr. Trump’s values, with Carter especially honing in on Trump’s selective use of The Bible to lure in the Christian vote.
The former Bush presidents have gone one step further: They refuse to give Trump their partisan support! Citing Military and Religous reasons, they claimed that they could not, in good conscience, endorse a man whose ideals are so far removed from the parties core.
This rupture is rather telling if you shed a different light on it. Trump has been railing for months about how the Republican majority doesn’t approve of him and, frankly, he doesn’t give a toss about them. Now that two former Republican presidents have come out against him, I believe he wishes he could turn back time and choose his words more carefully. Donald’s viperous tongue and over-the-top antics have alienated many an average American, from talks of banning Muslim entry to The United States and expounding on his enormous penis after comments were made about his allegedly small hands.
I must admit a frightening fact to you all: when he put his name forth in 2012 to run for president, I backed him. To my credit, four years ago I was still in my infancy in my ideologies and Trump was far less radical (or it seemed that way, because he was limited in his short burst of interest to mostly economic issues, which are the issues I still agree with him most on.)
Back in 2012, I was the epitome of an uneducated voter. I sat there and listened to the O’Reillys and the Limbaughs spout vitriolic rhetoric and hate speech, and I agreed with it all, without question. In the spring of 2013, after the tumult was calmed, I finally sat down and read about philosophy and decided, at long last, to define my values and not follow what the fear-mongers wanted me to. It was an enormous turning point in my short life.
Many Americans, sadly, never evolved past that time. They continue to believe every piece of data that anyone throws out, without need of research or fact. If I had to define one thing that was missing from this election cycle it is, indeed, the lack of factual data.
Fact is our touchstone to reality. Without fact we reside in a world where the rules are made up and the points don’t matter. Each one of the candidates in this primary race has skewed the truth to fit their agenda. If you take a lie, fry it in rhetoric and deliver it with fire and brimstone, the uneducated are sure to follow.
There is no room for ambiguity left in dealing with this problem. The longer that we accept untruth in politics is another lifelong battle with economic uncertainty and depression. The past few months we have bred tension, anger, and rage against our fellow humans. Look at drivers on the road, hunched over, impatient, and sullen, and you will see a perfect personification of the political climate.
So, you may ask, what can we do about it?
My two solutions are simple: Do your research and speak up! Nothing will ever be accomplished if rational human beings don’t take a light and shine it on the proposterous nature of the enemies irrationality. Don’t be content with random data thrown at you by glorified cardboard cutouts; do your own research and rediscover the value of fact. Reaffirm reason and demand honesty from those around you and the politicians who serve you. Hate is the opiate of the uninformed. As our former presidents have shown, speaking out against injustice is better than appeasing it.
The longer we stew in this broth, the faster we will boil.