Trump and Our Nihilism
I have been thinking about the overwhelming grief that I and so many others are feeling towards the election of our new President. What stands out to me is the reality of what we have lost. Trump was elected by many who feel as if they cannot trust the government, as though the government is not on their side. And now, Clinton voters feel that same distrust at the thought of the upcoming Trump administration. As we know, Trump won even though a majority of the country does not believe he is fit for office. Nobody has a government they can trust anymore. It is an imposed nihilism. We have beaten our country to the ground and now all we have left is a sadness for all the good that we have lost in pursuit of something novel. When the chants to “make America great again,” fade into memory, we will know the sting of partisanship and the greatness we all have left behind.
Confirmation of all I have said lies in Trump’s transition team headed by corrupt Chris Christie: a directory of the Environmental Protection Agency who denies climate change, an oil executive as Director of the Interior, a Goldman executive at the Treasury and the other billionaires destined to fill top spots. This is not to mention the many folks who do not have the benefit of being white, male or straight and who see their futures curtailed by countrymen they once trusted.
Trump does not stand for a conservative tradition; he is not a republican. He threatens the lives of women, immigrants, refugees, Muslims, Jews and many others. Many Americans could claim they voted republican—for small business, smaller government and liberal economic policy. But in actuality, they voted for a tyrant. They voted to instill fear in the hearts of their friends and members of their communities, even if this aggression was not their top priority.
A Trump supporter and close friend shared with me that he did not think Trump was qualified for office, but that the now President-elect was the only thing capable of shaking up the establishment. To working class America and the white bourgeois, you said you did not like your representation before – I hope you enjoy it now.