Hats off to Donald J. for a truly exceptional presidency.
Trump voters – this one’s for you and your charismatic leader. In four short years, the MAGA team upended global media, business and politics. Let’s take a moment to let this remarkable achievement sink in.
“Disruptive Innovation” is a term for creating new value and growth in an existing system by knocking all the established frameworks and alliances out of whack. When cars were invented, BOOM! Everything changed: there were new jobs, hobbies, industries, scenery… Entire cities were revamped. Trump’s been kind of like that, for the nation.
Let’s think about the Trumpian experience from another lens besides the negative one.
He’s created for us an incredible opportunity to step into the light! To address the unpleasant truths we’ve kept hidden about our country’s laws and history. The stuff Polite Society has been making excuses for, and allowing to quietly perpetuate.
I’m not just talking about racism. Trump’s disregard for custom and procedure, for instance, exposed real vulnerabilities in our governance. I had no idea a sitting president couldn’t be indicted, did you? I was also surprised to learn world leaders as a policy aren’t censored on social media no matter how untrue or inflammatory their posts.
Thanks to Trump’s global influence, though, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have begun re-thinking their practices, adding fact-check labels and even deleting entire threads. In Washington, former “free speech” lawmakers are admitting some regulations make sense. Sorry, sacred cows. This administration has never stood on ceremony; as a result, we’re ripe for reform.
Let’s start with our polling process! I think we can all agree that voting in a democracy does not need to be complicated: one person, one vote. Districts? Electors? Nah, how about we mail everyone ballots and mark down the ones that come back. Keep your damn software. Hire and train people to verify votes according to bipartisan standards. Let’s see some good jobs come from these fraud charges, at least.
And let’s build on this momentum! Love him or hate him, Trump brought more Americans to the polls than any other president in the history of our country. He also left a wide window for us to evaluate our system of government and to address the gaping holes in its foundation. Perhaps now it can be made inclusive instead of exclusive.
Over two-thirds of 240 million eligible US voters cast a ballot in 2020 – that’s 161 million people. More than the entire population of Russia. What a gift we’ve been given, all these citizens activated at once. But wait, it gets better:
Roughly 80 million untapped voters are waiting to be targeted. Another 7 million Americans will turn 18 by the mid-term elections. We the people are becoming a force! Democracy isn’t dying, it’s being reborn. Trump has ripped down the “Wizard of Oz” curtain, revealed the crooked farce that’s become of our government. And that’s energized us!
For too many decades, we were complacent. We were naïve. We were selectively blind. All of us, across the political spectrum. Now party lines are cracking. Progressive Dems have been protesting Biden over his corporate cabinet choices. And down in Georgia, Trump supporters are calling for Republicans to boycott January’s senate runoffs if the state isn’t certified red (despite election results). “We’re a new GOP!” one protestor was chanting outside the GA Capitol. I know how he feels.
We’re all sick of the kabuki theater in Washington. We don’t trust our elected officials. We want more voice, more access; less pandering and zero corruption. When we vote, we want it to count. When politicians fail us, we need ways to hold them accountable.
None of us want buffoons representing us in Washington. The first step is admitting there’s a problem and, thanks to Trump, we’re well on our way.
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