I first heard of Barack Obama in 2004 when he ran against virtual unknown Alan Keyes for Senator from Illinois. Keyes and his predecessor Jack Ryan were both essentially doxxed before that had a name. Ryan’s divorce records were leaked and Keyes’ gay daughter was outed. The Obama machine felt pretty dirty.
Unfortunately, that same machine benefited from the reveal of John Edwards’ love child at a critical time in his campaign. Most Republicans like myself enjoyed the battle between Obama and Clinton and the small civil war in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, the Republicans rallied around John McCain too quickly. He might have been a match for Hilary, but not for Obama. Frankly, neither was Mitt Romney.
Republicans, Hillary supporters and some independents didn’t like Obama, didn’t vote for him and turned out to be right about how bad be was. There wasn’t a lot of satisfaction because we had to watch what happened to this country. The Tea Party helped, but they would have been a lot more effective back in 2008.
This is why I and others don’t want to sit back and enjoy getting run over by the Trump Train. I suppose if I were on another planet and this was some kind of game, I could enjoy the satisfaction of how ill-prepared Trump will be against the Democrats. Or I could laugh as Donald Trump fails to get anything done because of veto overrides and circuit court decisions about the big ass wall destroying wetlands.
I’m going to rage against the dying of the light because that’s what I see happening. Even if I think Trump supporters are dumb in a fit of frustration, I know that Trump supporters are smart and savvy and understand what he’s doing. I also knew smart people who voted for Obama. How can they be smart? Because they eventually changed their minds.
Not everyone opposing Trump is on the take. For one thing, Trump has admitted to being “the take” for politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. Trump isn’t taking down the system because the system is us. Americans voted for Barack Obama. Americans voted for a Democratic Senate for 8 years. If voting for Trump is just picking another TV channel, nothing has changed. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance, not temporary indifference.