I'M SO HAPPY TOO!!!!
Thank you, Dwight, for that much-needed dose of sanity in my life. Nearly all of my friends have been deluded by the current administration and the media.
You've heard of the 5 stages of grief? I have discovered the 5 stages of realizing you live in a microcosm of brain-dead, socialist lemmings. Here was my first (Facebook) reaction after the election: "I'm so energized by this win and so proud that we got it right yesterday, but we do need to bond together and use every resource that we have, Republican, Democrat and Independent, in order to rebuild our strength and solidify our independence. Let's make America great again!!!"
Within a day, I went from that level of positivity and exuberance to this: "The MSM should be ashamed... People are hunkering down and expecting the world to end. They are waiting for President Trump to round up every minority in the country and ship them out. They are so pitifully deluded..."
In another day, to this: "This is why we need to be really careful, guys. Conservatives, we have a responsibility now to stop the fear that's been coming from all sides and make people realize that we are not monsters and we don't hate everyone."
Later that day, to this: "There are nasty people on both sides, guys. It's important to remember that arrogance, ignorance, hypocrisy and divisiveness are not exclusive to a political party. Let's stop fighting. The only "losers" yesterday are those who didn't take the time to make an educated decision and go vote. And of course the media, and the Hollywood elite - who REALLY deserved to be exposed."
And finally (after being flamed and threatened to the point of complete apathy), to this: "Thank you for completely ruining my faith in our ability to unite as Americans. You narcissistic, sanctimonious douchebags. I give up. This is what happens when you raise kids to be special little snowflakes. This is why millennials can't cope with the real world. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang - with a microaggression."
So optimism, concern, urging, deflection, and disgust. 5 stages of dealing with modern American liberals.
Now that I've gone through that, I'm back to being hopeful that we'll rise out of this terrible situation the last eight years have produced. I agree with Dwight that the media needs to admit its role in pushing the establishment progressivism and propaganda that gave us Obama and nearly stuck us with Clinton. I read an interesting opinion piece on this subject earlier today. And as much as I liked and supported Marco Rubio in the primary, I had to agree - An establishment conservative candidate would never have had the power to usurp the collective media in concert with corrupt establishment Democrats. Crazy Bernie Sanders with his hordes of whiny millennial supporters didn't stand a chance against Hillary, and the weakening, splintered GOP we once knew was not going to fare any better. Trump has started a 'national populist' movement, a pragmatic but unencumbered conservative movement not restrained by the broken DC political system, attractive to the rust belt working class as well as the disenchanted moderate-conservative middle class, as well as traditional, constitutional conservatives such as myself - and even since his very recent election, Trump is showing his true colors; he is not thoughtless, high-strung maniac the GOP establishment originally feared. And the more he asserts his rational and cooperative side, the more our now Republican (thank God!) congress is going to listen to him and get things accomplished. I want to see a stronger military, secure borders, law and order, a push for nationalism and respect for authority (especially among the younger generation), and complete economic reform, starting with the dissolution of Obamacare, corporate tax easement and the retraction of failed trade policies. I'd like to feel secure in my job and stop seeing my colleagues laid off as their jobs are outsourced to India and China... I want government to work to sever the partnership between the Democratic party, the media, Hollywood and academia to influence popular perceptions of politics and social issues - which will hopefully force people to start thinking for themselves. I want the government to fund non-partisan public education initiatives via TV and internet outlets to demonstrate how and why our system of government works. People just don't get it now. We are going to work to improve our relations with other world powers while showing a strong enough presence of leadership to earn back the level of respect that has been decimated by Obama, with his submission to Islamic terror and his apology tours... That's my hope for the next eight years. We'll see how it plays out, but I am cautiously optimistic.
And I'm happy that Dwight is happy.