NoMoreMovies aims to be a non-political blog but let’s face it: there’s no way around the Donald J. Trump phenomenon. Time magazine’s person of the year keeps grabbing news headlines by the p*ssy on a daily basis.
Although I disagree with most of what he says, I will not turn NoMoreMovies into an anti-Trump blog. There are way more interesting people to write about. People who are changing our world for the better as we speak: Bill & Melinda Gates, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to name just a few.
That said, I am intrigued by how someone like Trump managed to get the keys to the White House in the first place.
So I decided to write a handful of pieces on the leader of the greatest movement the world has ever seen*.
(* according to Donald Trump / may be an alternative fact)
For starters, we should all realize that it’s not Donald Trump who proclaimed himself King of America. The American people elected him, fair and square… Ok, maybe with a teeny-weeny help from his Russian friends… but he won.
You can’t blame him for winning, however you CAN blame people for (not) voting.
SNL paints an accurate but hilarious picture of liberal America during election night:
Forget about Hillary winning the popular vote. Donald J. Trump won the Electoral College with 304 votes compared to 227 votes for Hillary Clinton. It was never even close. Just take one look at the map, it’s pretty obvious: the Donald won… big time!
Americans were not tricked into voting, they absolutely WANTED Trump!
King of Tweets
During the past nine months, I followed Trump’s crusade as self-proclaimed savior of America from up close. I read up on his history and watched clips of his rallies. Then I sat out all three Presidential debates in full. If you’re interested in those, I strongly recommend Saturday Night Live’s version: it has all the highlights and Alec Baldwin’s impression is spot on. It’s practically the real thing… only condensed.
Here’s one he wrote right after accusing Obama of illegally tapping his phones (which was never substantiated by the way):
That morning I unlocked my phone and read “Trump on his way to the White House” I admit I was disappointed but not really surprised.
During his campaign Trump had successfully channeled the negative energy of the ultra-conservative Tea Party while somehow retaining enough credibility to appeal to average Republican voters. Like Jackie Chan using his drunken fighter technique no one took him seriously but all this time he knew exactly what he was doing.
We should always be aware that not all Trump-voters are Islamophobic white-supremacists who want to take away health care from 20 million Americans and don’t care that 50% of all wildlife on the planet has been eradicated in the last fifty years.
Most of them really just want another shot at their personal American dream. Not all states are thriving like New York or California. A lot of them have fallen upon hard times and find it nearly impossible to recover from the recession.
What’s global warming to you when you cannot put food on the table simply because coal is no longer in demand? It’s clear that Obama’s policies did not help the people from coal country. At least not in the short term. If you want to point out Obama’s mistakes, this might be a good one to start with. I have tremendous respect for the man and plan to read his books, but he is not flawless.
The anger and frustration was Trump’s… well, trump-card. He made people believe he could make their America back the way it was: great again. When confronted with the question what “great” really meant, the man was purposefully vague, allowing people to fill it in for themselves. From a campaigning point of view that’s called a stroke of genius.
It’s a good thing though Ronald Reagan can’t sue the Donald for “borrowing” his slogan from the 1980 campaign.
Tracking President Drumpf
Whatever happens under President Drumpf – yes, that’s his real name – will no doubt have a profound influence on our entire planet. During his first week in office the President of the Divided States of America behaved exactly as he promised: like a bull in a china shop.
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No matter how many disillusioned Democrats take to the streets protesting, Trump did earn the right to turn his right-wing agenda into legislation. That’s how democracy works. In essence, I have no issue with that. At its best democracy is flawed.
As Winston Churchill said in 1947:
Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.
Even Obama, knowing that Trump would destroy most of his legacy, reminded the American people about how democracy works:
A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns. That’s the nature of democracy. It is hard. And sometimes contentious and noisy. Sometimes you lose an argument. Sometimes you lose an election. You know, the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. And that’s OK.
That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re right. And then people vote. And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we do some reflection. We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off. We get back in the arena. We go at it. We try even harder the next time. The point, though, is that we all go forward. With the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens. Because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy.
Obama really did all he could to get people out to vote. Apparently they were either
- not convinced
- wanted Trump
- simply thought Hillary could not lose, so their vote was not necessary
All in all, I’m afraid the world has no other choice than to sit this one out.
Thanks a lot America!