I never would shy away from my choices for President when asked. I may make a few remarks here and there, but I was never the “all in” type like some of my counterparts were. This was frustrating to some, but I did not have a candidate that I personally believed in. Does that mean that I voted 3rd party? No. I voted for the candidate that I thought would have the best chance on doing what is right in the long run. I have this thing called “common sense” and have the magical ability to do “research”. I’m also gifted with the ability to do things without letting my emotions take over my judgement. I am also a firm believer of thinking about 10 years from now. Not just tomorrow. My agenda is moving the best way forward for everyone. I mean this in every way. I believe if we work hard, we can stop the universe from ending a few hundred billion years from now if we wanted to. Let’s say I’m a big picture optimist and modern realist. It’s not fun, but it’s who I am.
I decided that I wanted no part of the last bit of the election. I wanted no stress, no hope, no lies, no lighting fast stats of possibilities. I wanted the answer. I wanted nothing more but the answer. In my 24 hours of no internet or news, I tried not to think of anything. I wanted to sleep that night. I wanted to eat food. I tried to relax and think of whatever else I could to keep my mind of the fact that I was pretty sure Trump had a good chance of winning. I was hoping for a surprise, but I am rarely surprised. It sucks.
I use to do consulting on social media and new media trends back when it was scary and confusing. Now it’s still confusing to most, but a lot of people have this weird confidence in it that I personally think is dangerous. Never have confidence in digital media trends. You can only make an educated guess. If you looked at the right places and pulled the mood from the general online population (those online or presented online) a Trump win was a very viable possibility.
I voted for Hillary. I voted in North Carolina via absentee ballot. But I personally know many people who did not vote. And if you want to blame anybody for anything, it’s them. If 70% of Eligible American Voters voted this election, there would be little to say after. But with the only voices we have now being the Loud, the Established, and the Persistent, you would have no clue what actual people think.
I never thought Bernie had a chance. It’s the only reason I never voted for him. People say that if it was Bernie instead of Hillary, Trump would have lost. I disagree. You forget how weird people are. I think it would have been just as close with just as many people not voting, just different people not voting. Hate and ignorance are weird. Bernie’s “Socialism” and Jewish heritage would have held him back just as much as Hillary’s “untrustworthyness” and emails. That and his presentation of ideas was way to close to Trump’s. I think some old-world liberals would have been jaded and put off by that.
But hey… America, right? Keeping the future on it’s toes since the colonies. The true winner of this election was the instant gratification of misinformation. Everybody wants everything now. When something old-world clashes with the instantaneous technology culture of today, you’re bound to have a mess on your hands.
If you want to take solace in anything… outside of America, we’re all looking at you the same way. (except maybe Russia.) I have yet to meet anybody who likes Trump or thinks that America made the right choice. I mean, that can be dangerous too. I have family in America that voted for him, but I never talk to them. All my friends and acquaintances hate him. I could very well be in my own bubble and not know it. It’s scary.
But, against this generation’s instantaneous wishes, all we can do is wait for now. I’ll keep doing my part. I’ll keep hoping we can somehow stop the Universe from ending.