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Elections come and go, but this one feels very different and disturbing. There are the obvious reasons that are and have been playing out before us including the suppression of voting standards, changing the rules in the eleventh hour, extending days of voting beyond Nov. 3rd, and the damaging “laptop” information. Yet…..it’s something more.
When Obama and Biden won in 2008, there was a mantra of hope and change. We had our first black president, and while I didn’t vote for Obama, I was not alarmed at the prospect of this new leadership. In fact, I thought he would be good for the black community as well as other minorities, and therefore, the country. I went back and read through Obama’s acceptance speech. He didn’t apologize for America, he championed it. He said we would rebuild brick by brick our broken cities. There was only the promise of better days for everyone – no exclusions.
When Obama and Biden exited the White House in 2016, there were new words that became a part of the American vocabulary – like white privilege, systemic racism, gender fluidity, and safe spaces. Censorship grew and finding truth was like searching for a needle in a haystack, especially in the media. We became a global stick figure, no longer unique. We were told borders are bad, and patriotism and history were questionable. Jobs disappeared overseas and China became stronger. Affordable housing disappeared and tent cities increased. Drugs were legalized and small crimes no long prosecuted.
Healthcare became unaffordable and confusing. Silicon Valley controlled more of what we could say and think. That was all new and I don’t recall turmoil from this kind of “hope and change”, unleashed before the Obama-Biden years. Man was the cause of climate change and heavy penalties were created, with vague arrows that pointed to the perpetrators. Feminist lies said that children in the womb right up to delivery were just a product of the mother, to be allowed to live or discarded at will. Radical groups like Black Lives Matter, whose own website is the antithesis of freedom and democracy, became mainstream. Foreign policy stood in the back instead of leading. These things were not embraced by the Trump administration, nor were they embraced by the previous Bush administration.
There’s no new kid on the block. We saw what the Obama-Biden years produced, and so there’s no enthusiasm for something new, but a sense of foreboding because we know this play. We had a front-row seat. A leopard can’t change his spots. I suspect the same people will be pulling the strings behind the blurred screen once again. It’s what we know that is coming, and that’s what is so unsettling about this 2020 election outcome.Published in