I just experienced something today while eating dinner with a bunch of my friends. To preface, they were all discussing our newest president, Donald Trump, and some of the things that he's been doing, now that he's newly elected. Suddenly, in the middle of their conversation, a realization struck me; I didn't care for a single word of what they were saying. I didn't care about what Trump was doing, I didn't care what Trump was going to do, I didn't care about the future impacts of what he has to say, I just didn't care.
Now, that makes me sound like an awful citizen; who in their right mind would just completely not be open to the discussion on the future of their country? Well...that person is me, and I believe the reason why I'm like this, had been because of the massive overreacting that happened once he was elected. People were rioting in the streets, somewhere claiming that they wouldn't accept him, his own party was denouncing him, there wasn't a single place in all of America where someone wasn't pissed. I think that that's completely ridiculous.
Sure, he has views that the majority of us don't agree with, sure he wants to take actions that are completely stupid and harmful to us as a nation, and sure he doesn't believe in climate change, (although you can't really hold a belief about something if it's already been proven real) but that doesn't mean he's going to do any of that!
First off, what campaigning politician has ever kept their word on what they do on the campaign trail? It's awful that I am able to say that, but the truth is the truth; rarely ever does a politician, especially a newly elected president, actually go through with what they planned to do, and even if they do, rarely ever is that promise fulfilled correctly. Most of the time, it's just pandering to a specific group of people to acquire votes, and guess what, it tends to work.
In addition to this, there are so many people who stand in the way of whatever that politician is trying to do, be they the local government or congress itself. All of these are filled with people who have the right mindset to know what would be best for us as a whole. Just because one person says he plans to do something doesn't mean he'll be able to do it.
But I digress, as the main idea here is that everyone is overreacting. Trump is not a dictator, he is not a tyrant, he will never be Hitler, he will never be Stalin, he probably won't even do half the things he says he wants to do! Right now, however, is too early to say anything for sure. We just need to ride out the storm and see where it takes us. Because who knows, Trump could very well be the best thing to happen to us in a long time.
Of course, I fully expect to eat my words in the not so distant future.