So I feel we need to talk about the election a little bit, because else it is just the elephant in the room. Plus I need to vent.
First off, I am not against Republican ideals (I myself am a Republican), however I am more liberal in most of my stances. Some things (such as abortion) I am sort of undecided (I think both sides bring up good arguments, but I don't stand on either the pro-choice or pro-life sides of the fence). I think guns should be outlawed (I don't get how not having health insurance is a right, yet owning a weapon is), education should be free and invested in, but I also believe that we need to cut a lot of government spending and I favor a small government over a larger one.
But enough about my stances, let's talk about the state of the union and the election results. I understand that a lot of people didn't like Hillary (she was not my first choice for a Democratic candidate), but I also don't get the allure of Trump. I get the idea that he is a giant middle finger to the establishment, but that isn't enough to justify the massive negatives piled against him. His failure as a businessman, his lack of experience, his numerous inappropriate (and 10 year old like mind you) conduct and remarks, disregard for allies, hotheadedness, and his failure to discuss any of his policies before being president-elect worry me. To me, it seems like America's doctor kept prescribing the same medication for a few years to us, the patient, and instead of getting a second opinion with another doctor when we weren't seeing any progress, they decided to take someone who doesn't have a medical degree and they were going to ask them to solve their problems because they don't "think like a doctor". Furthermore they are promising us cures to all our ailments... Actually I'm not surprised, because this is exactly how alternative medicine gets so much money.
Does that warrant riots in the streets by liberals? No. Does it mean we should want Trump to fail? Again, no. Because if he fails, we all fail. Remember, the fate of our country (and since the U.S. is a superpower, part of the world) is in Donald Trump's (tiny) hands. And as scary as that may be, we must face it. It just means that we are going to have to fight back hard. We have Republicans in office that are more corrupt than Hillary (you may not want to buy it, but that's a fact). We have people in office who believe the majority of scientists believe climate change isn't happening (hate to break it to you, but over 69,000 papers were published by climate scientists supporting global warming by man-made causes in 2013-2014, and only 4 by those that denied climate change. So again, hate to break it to you, but fact). We have a president-elect that doesn't believe in evolution or that smoking is harmful to one's health. These are the people who are supposed to make reasonable decisions, take in constructive criticism, and thus far they seem just like children who refuse to believe anything anyone says that disagrees with their opinion, have a lot of fancy toys, and managed to throw a tantrum large enough to get into the white house.
Even the things that they sold a lot of you on (such as the wall) are not even feasible. Let's look at Trump's wall for example and see how feasible that is. The freedom tower, the replacement for the world trade center, took 11 years to build (it started back in 2002, and completed in 2013) and the entire complex is still under construction. That tower, stands at a mere 0.34 miles high. Trump's wall on the other hand? It would have to stretch 1,900 miles across the southern United States. It would need to go through private property, cost billions of dollars, and would take a lot more than 11 years to build. Now I know what you're thinking, "But InfinityBeard, that was a building and not a wall! It takes a lot more to build a building than a wall" and sure, you're right. But the wall needs to be almost 5,600 times larger than the building. Look at railroads for bullet trains (which is a lot simpler than a wall); they take usually 10 years from design to opening day for even 1,000 miles of track. And that's assuming you're as productive as a regime like Japan is. Trump has at best 8 years in office, and I doubt even if Mexico paid for it and Congress approved it they would have it done before he gets booted out of office.
So in short, I think it is going to be a long 4 years. If you're a hardcore Republican and Trump supporter and you disagree with everything I've said, I hope you, Trump, and a Republican Congress prove me wrong. I hope that Trump comes up with decent policies and really does "make America great again." I hope a lot gets done in the next 4 years, but given the current state of affairs and how things have been going in the two weeks he's been president-elect, I'm not holding my breath.