The issue of many Americans’ anger at Donald Trump becoming President is not a simple case of political differences of opinion, or Democrats being sore losers. The reason for the anger is that Trump is the antithesis of EVERYTHING America is supposed to be. The reason for the anger is that the Right Wing (and even some on the left, and some Independents) voted for a racist, bigoted, misogynistic, flame-throwing, hatred-stoking, CON MAN.
Did the Right vote for Romney, a conservative family man? No. Did they vote for Rick Santorum, or Michele Bachman, the Evangelical candidates they claimed to want? NO. Did they vote for someone that would bring the country together? NO. Because the goal of the Republican Party is power. They have no interest in governing for ALL Americans; they have a goal of ramming their religious, corporate, and economic caste systems down the country’s throat.
They have paid a “wordsmith” for years to advise them on the right phrasing of policy to stoke their constituents’ anger. The working poor have been labeled “Welfare Queens”, and painted as lazy Black people living the high life on government checks. The truth however, is that the majority of SNAP recipients are white, and DO WORK, except for children, seniors, and the disabled of course. Maybe we can send those folks to government work camps so they’re pulling their weight. Have a car and a phone while using government assistance? Sorry, but if you have those “luxuries”, you know, to get to the job that’s paying you poverty level wages, or to call other employers to find a better paying job, well then you obviously don’t need assistance. Try hitch-hiking and smoke signals.
Women? They don’t need equal pay because they should be popping out kids they can’t afford, while the family struggles on one income. Their place is at home after all. And those LGBT people, the “abominations” who want to marry and maybe adopt some children? Who do they think they are? And expecting a bakery to make them a cake on top of it? Pffft.
This is the Right Wing mentality in a nutshell: If you are different than ME, there is something wrong with YOU. There is a philosophical definition erroneously called “moral individualism”, which is “an outlook toward life based on what’s good for oneself, rather than pursuit of a greater good. It is a self-centered mentality, looking out for number one”. I would have called it IMMORAL Individualism, but what do I know? In MY experience, THAT is the predominant character trait in Conservatism.
But that is not the character of America; that is not what the Founders envisioned for their new country. We live in the “information age”, yet Conservatives eschew fact. They believe every lie ever told about Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but refuse to believe a single truth spoken about Trump. As a result, due to nothing more than a willfully ignorant electorate, the highest office in the country was handed to one of the least qualified, most repugnant individuals on the planet.
THAT is why millions of Americans are angry. THAT is why they are embarrassed. Now they must fear for themselves, or their friends, who happen to fall into one of the many Right Wing “unacceptable” categories. THAT IS NOT AMERICA. And mark my words: REAL Americans won’t stand for it.