Dear America: Stop Making Jokes About American Politics
Do you remember the spectacle that launched Donald Trumps presidential campaign in 2015? Here’s a quick reminder; Donald Trump descends on a golden escalator in Trump Tower in New York City, there were talks of paid actors, and pretty much everybody on the internet thought it was a joke.
The memes commenced, people laughed, and nobody thought it was possible for Donald Trump, a reality TV personality, a known racist, a man who continuously cheated on his wife and paid off adult actresses, would become the next President of the United States of America.
It was so funny that apathy set in and people didn’t vote for Bernie Sanders or Hilary Clinton. It was simply impossible for this to happen, and then it did. Only once he was elected did reality set in, and people seemingly realized that this was not the ultimate prank, but this was our new normal, except it’s not normal and it never should have been.
Donald Trump has done irreparable and horribly damaging things to this country, and to our most marginalized citizens.
There has been more violence, hatred, bigotry, police shootings, and killings/abuse in the LGBTQIA+ community. The damage done to the environment and the lack of understanding when it comes to basic science and climate change will be forever detrimental. This did not need to happen, it happened in part because of the underlying racism and sexism in our country, but it also happened because of the general apathy and disbelief on the left.
Fast forward to June 26, 2019. We’ve now entered the beginning of the 2020 presidential elections, and with that, we have seen twenty Democrats come forward with hopes of becoming the next president, some better than others. During the two-night Democratic Debate there was a mixture of highs and lows; there were good ideas, socialist ideologies, some far-fetched ideas, and the memorable Kamala Harris “food fight” comment (which, yes, was amazing).
All in all, there was a lot going on, and for lack of better words, the two-night debate was entertaining. But, is entertainment what we want from our politics? Are catchy memes, and funny comments about Beto O’Rourke “spiraling out of control” what we want, or better yet, what we need? The answer here is a very stern “no”.
By joking about our politics, and by simply not taking this as seriously as it needs to be taken, we are entering into dangerous territory. That territory being another four years of Donald Trump, which we desperately need not to repeat.
So, America, what I am asking of you is to please stop making American politics a joke.
We’re in a proverbial Twilight Zone episode where a malevolent and petulant child is running our country, and by running our country I mean he is running it into the ground. We need to step up to the plate, to stop joking about politics because quite frankly, people are dying because of this administration, children are in cages, abortion access is being rolled back, and our nation is more divided than ever before.
At the Charleston Unite The Right Rally, before the devastating death of Heather Heyer, one of the Nazi’s at the demonstration spoke candidly about what he believes are the main ideas that the right upholds, those being, “To protect the free market, to protect the First Amendment, and to kill the Jews.” As a Jewish woman, watching this all go down has shook me to my core. We are living in America, and in America, Nazi’s are roaming the streets, and our regime is frankly, allowing and encouraging them to do so. This is not normal, and we (you) have the chance to change what is happening in America.
Let’s start taking this as seriously as it needs to be taken.
Can you live with another four years of the Trump Era? I know I can’t. I can’t live in a place where rich, white men, determine what I can and cannot do with my body. I cannot live in a place where children are in cages, where Nazi’s roam the streets, and where my basic human rights are being stripped from me. I cannot live in a country run by a man who doesn’t understand the difference between climate and weather.
I cannot continue to live like this, to read the news every single day and be bombarded with terrible and unbelievable things happening right here, right now, on American soil. Together we can change this, and the first step to changing this is to begin understanding how serious all of this is, to stop joking about American politics, and to start believing that we do not have to live like this; we can live in a country where our basic human rights are respected and understood, and where our president is not a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, garbage human touting garbage politics.
Are you with me?