A year defined by this man, Donald Trump.

2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

2017 was, if nothing else, an interesting year. The rest of the world has been looking at the United States with interest, fear, and, in many cases this year, sadness. I, personally, have had quite a good year. Here’s my analysis of the good, the bad, and the ugly politics from 2017.

The Good

America has shown, in a few cases, that we are willing and ready to rebound from the election of Donald Trump last year. Democrats won a slew of elections around the country. While this won’t fix our problems, it shows that Americans are fed up with how this administration is acting, and rightfully so.

Doug Jones. His victory over Roy Moore was shocking to me, but I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t think there was anything that Roy Moore could have done to lose that race, but apparently there was. Racism and sexism weren’t bad enough, but evidently the child molestation allegations put it over the edge. I’m thankful that he didn’t win, his mere existence is a stain on the Alabama judicial system.

The Resistance. It makes me happy to see a lot of America band together to fight against the injustices of this administration.

The Bad

Donald Trump. I’m not even going to go into detail here, because this requires multiple articles in its own right. Just assume that, for this article, if Donald Trump did something, it ended up here.

Roy Moore. The fact that over half a million people voted for this monster is proof that we still have a lot of things that need to be worked on. This man has been removed from public office twice. He said that the last time America was great was when slavery was still around. He said that Muslims shouldn’t be allowed to serve in Congress. Half a million people voted for him! It’s sad.

Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and the GOP in Congress as a whole. They’re the absolute best at making you think they have a spine until the very last moment, when they show you that they really don’t. They continue to ignore the will of the people and legislate in favor of their massive donors. They need to go.

The Ugly

Ajit Pai. Net Neutrality is one of the biggest issues facing our country today. I’ll write an entire article on this, but for this article, it’s just important to know that net neutrality can only benefit consumers, conservative or liberal. Getting rid of net neutrality will only serve to line the pockets of corporations.

Once again, Donald Trump, and once again, everything he did. But his Twitter profile gets included in this part.

White supremacists. Donald Trump has emblazoned white supremacy. The white supremacists think that he stands for their cause, and as evidenced by his actions, he… kind of does. It took him 48 hours to condemn white supremacy after the violent rally in Charlottesville. It’s very telling that, in my entire life, I’ve never heard the Nazis say that they believe that our president stands for their values until now. It didn’t happen with Clinton, it didn’t happen with Bush, and it didn’t happen with Obama. It’s happening with Trump, and it’s ugly. Something needs to be done.

In conclusion, the only thing I have left to say is that I hope 2018 is better. We need it to be better. Let’s make it better.