Dear leftists. Dear progressives. Dear anarchists and ideologues of all stripes. Dear everyone who spent the last presidential election cycle loudly proclaiming that the Democratic presidential candidate wasn’t ideologically pure enough for you, I have one thing to say, and one thing only.
I hope you’re happy.
I hope you’re happy that the president your apathy helped to elected is working toward fulfilling every one of his terrible promises. I hope you’re happy that he’s exactly as bad as the rest of us said he was from the beginning. I tried to talk to you. I pushed back when you claimed that Trump would be a better foreign policy candidate than Clinton, when you acted like a reinstatement of the draft was an actual threat, when you pretended that the United States can afford isolationism at a time when the rest of the world has never been closer. I hope you’re enjoying watching Chechnya imprison and torture its gay men, because the president you helped to elect isn’t going to denounce it anytime soon. I hope you like the look of North Korean missile trails over northern Japan. A lot more of those will be coming.
And on the home front, I’m glad you think that whatever Hillary Clinton said in 1997 was more important than everything Trump’s saying now. I’m sure your ideological purity feels wonderful right about now, as the man you thought Clinton was “just as bad as” actively pardons and supports supports white supremacists. We’ll never know how a Clinton presidency would have turned out, but I’ll bet you everything I own that Clinton would never have answered the events in Charlottesville by trying to pin the blame on the victims. Clinton wouldn’t have been silent as white men marched and chanted about killing Jews and black people, and she wouldn’t have pardoned a sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt for failing to treat Latinos in Arizona like human beings.
I hope you’re proud of staying home from the polls last November. I hope your temper tantrum over the majority of Democratic primary voters preferring Hillary Clinton to Bernie Sanders feels as righteous today as it did last summer. I hope getting your feelings hurt because a candidate didn’t agree with every single one of your increasingly specific viewpoints still feels like a good enough reason to sit this last election out. I really hope so, because by doing so, you’ve screwed the rest of us over pretty good.
Hillary Clinton lost Wisconsin by less than 30,000 votes. She lost Michigan by less than 12,000. How many of you stayed home? How many of you voted for a third party candidate who didn’t have a chance in hell? How many of you wrote in ‘deez nuts’ or ‘Harambe’? I don’t care what your specific form of apathy was, or your morally righteous reasoning behind it, because in the end, it all amounts to the same thing. The man in the White House thinks police officers should be rougher with people they’ve arrested. He thinks transgender troops should be thrown out of the military. He thinks that we should deregulate Wall Street and that we should send more troops into Afghanistan.
You did this. And to be honest, your apathy hurts more than the votes of 100,000 uninformed Trump supporters, because you were supposed to be on our side.
So dear leftists. Dear progressives. Dear anarchists and ideologues. I hope you find your perfect candidate, the one who does and says everything you want them to do and say.
I just hope the rest of us are still around to be happy for you.