Disclaimer: I abhor both candidates who captivated the nation Tuesday evening as their bizarre and disgusting efforts over the past year that made our country look like a flaming pile of shit in a paper bag, desperate to be stamped out, reached their ultimate climax. I wrote recently about both candidates, in a couple of posts, here and here and here. I voted for neither, though I did vote. I am lucky enough to live in California, where I am able to lend support to a third party (with the delusional hopes of one day breaking up the duopoly that strong-arms what should be a multi-party system) without affecting the overall impact of the election. That being said, I have no idea who I would have voted for if I honestly had to choose.
To move on, my point - If you have said anything whatsoever, and this is especially true if you did so on any kind of social media platform, there is approximately a 99% chance that you shouldn't have said it. Really, and truly, let me cry out for those of us who remain rational in a time of divided insanity:
Shut the fuck up.
If you are a Democrat or a liberal or a disenfranchised conservative who voted for Hillary Clinton because you couldn't imagine a man like Donald Trump as our president, I feel for you. It must have hurt to think you were going to win, only to see that much of the country is far more concerned with dismembering a corrupt establishment, with taking back what feels is belonged, with protecting themselves and their individual needs, more than making sure an inexperienced blowhard with no self-control (in any aspect of life it seems) never gets to see the inside of the White House and officially be sworn in as the leader of the free world. It's confusing, I know. That being said, you, nor I, nor anyone for that matter, has the right to apologize on behalf of the country. This is a large part of what is happening across America, and it is appalling. Sure, you had the majority vote (albeit by a ridiculously small percentage), but our country doesn't currently operate on purely the majority vote. There are entire groups of people, an entire culture and lifestyle in the rural areas of our nation, who live and feel differently than you. They aren't apologizing, and they shouldn't have to. They did what they thought was best, just like you. You don't get to pretend that you and your peers are the only ones who understand what is happening. Half of the country asked for it.
Furthermore, if you are suddenly scared for your family and children, you need to check yourself - hard. The people who voted the way they did have always existed. The country is no more or less dangerous. Police will not stop prosecuting hate crimes or keeping the peace or allowing freedom of religion. Some things may change, but probably less than you think, and it certainly isn't enough for you to suddenly air your fears about a movement and a belief system that existed long before Donald Trump was a candidate.
Finally, stop being children. Michael Moore and other are calling for the kind of filibusters that the Republican Party has been known for in recent years. Knock it off. What's wrong with you? And, while we're at it, you don't get to be enraged at someone for making broad sweeping statements about groups of people, only to then air your grievances with the half of the country who voted for him, making broad sweeping statements. Voicing your disappointment with "racists" and "misogynists" and people who are okay with sexual assault and promoting rape culture is literally exactly as bad as what Trump said. If supporters of Trump are those things, are you then potentially criminals who would be so careless with classified emails? Double standards are for morons.
I repeat: Shut the fuck up.
But this isn't about one group of people. If you are one of the many people who helped president-elect Trump reach the White House, congratulations. You did it. Pat yourself on the back and please go quietly and happily about the rest of your next four years. I understand you too. I get that you feel your voice has been stolen from you by government. Many articles seem to sum this up well. And it makes sense. You're tired of being bullied, of being marginalized, of being humiliated by popular media. You're sick of your identity being taken and your jobs disappearing and your future looking ever more bleak. And if you aren't a voter from the rural areas, which I'm sure many of you aren't, I understand plenty of other reasons to fight against The Clinton Machine. It is probably extremely difficult to look at those who knew you could never do it, who knew you weren't worth the time and effort, who called you all sorts of names and still are, and not be resentful and furious and want to stick it to them.
Still, grow up. Do you really need to prove the slanderous comments about you correct? Is it really so important that you get the last word that even now, in your moment of glory, when you see that as a group you can come together and make the change you wanted, you have to make asses of yourself? No one cares what you think about Obama, or why you think the country is where it is today. No one cares that you scream "Can't stump the Trump." No one cares that...well, no one cares about any of it except for you. And you know this.
Actually, the truth is worse than this. People do care. They don't care what it is you have to say (not right now at least, during the bitter moments of defeat), but they are hurting, they are upset, they have lost, and no one likes to be kicked when they are down. Imagine how you felt when it was happening to you for a quite some time now. Is it really something you feel you need to do to others? Is it something necessary for your happiness to trample other people while they are most fragile? Again, don't prove everyone right. I know you aren't horrible people like the vocal left might have me believe. So do half of Americans. So does your soon to be new President of the United States. Take your victory and swallow it with some pride and dignity.
Most of all: Shut the fuck up.
This isn't a plea for everyone to come together and unite. I'm not that naive. Our country is divided as strongly as it may have ever been since the civil war. But we don't need to instigate another one. All I ask is that you treat other with decency and respect. Both sides. No matter what you've been through. No matter what they've said about you or done to you. You've both been through it. Take a hint from the Dow Jones. As trump was being elected it dropped lower than it had been during 9/11. It was tragic. It was a mess. It was a total shit show. And then the next morning it got back on it's Goddamn horse and went to work. It isn't sticking it to anyone. It isn't proving a point or apologizing or crying or irrationally afraid or threatening or gloating or whatever. It's just moving on. And in its own quiet way, it's kicking ass.
So please. Move on. And while you're at it, do so quietly.
This has been a PSA from a humble WSO writer. I hope at least someone takes heed. That being said, feel free to comment below. But I promise, if you get into political debates and start screaming the things I just begged you not to, monkey shit will be a-flying. Other than that, I welcome your honest and heartfelt thoughts, whether in agreement or disagreement.
Until next time,
This is The Uncontortionist.
Mod Note (Andy): Best of 2016, this post ranks #12 for the past year