There are probably few figures in the world today as contentious as the current President of the United States – Donald Trump.
Apparently, what is more contentious is how/why Donald Trump became President.
In the months following the initial shock, I personally read as much as I could about how this seeming travesty of natural justice could occur. As the months went by, more stories filtered through.
Did the Democrats themselves sabotage fielding of the best candidate?
Was it Russian interference and/or illegal use of fake Facebook profiles?
Did “fake news” prevail?
Is the US electoral system fundamentally flawed?
Were voters always just closet right wing extremists anyway?!
Is Trump is a product of the failures and arrogance of the Left? Or did bad actors sabotaged/self-sabotaged the Left which emboldened the Right rhetoric and blame?
Is Trump is a product of the failures and arrogance of the Left?
First, if you are in the “Trump is bad” camp, why does it matter if Trump is President? Hopefully the concern for who holds the Office of the President of the United States is because we care “to preserve and promote the dignity and fundamental rights of the individual, to achieve social justice, foster the economic and social development of the community, strengthen the cohesion of society and enhance national tranquillity, as well as to create a climate that is favourable for international peace”(1). And perhaps not just a good climate for international peace, but perhaps a good climate for ensuring stability of our environment, ecology and breathable air – least we fast track extinction of life forms on this planet.
Second, the election of Donald Trump has had and will continue to have major impacts on the political dynamics of other democracies. So, I believe we should sincerely care a lot about the impacts to voting patterns in other countries. The lean towards the “right” is not simply a phenomenon in the United States – just look at what has been occurring across Europe, Brazil, Australia and many other democracies.
My real intent is to consider how we can work towards an aligned and peaceful world overcoming such divisive politics. Calling a mid-West US Trump voter "dumb" is not going create peace on earth - it is more likely to exasperate the situation and will eventually lead to armed conflict.
Shouldn’t those on the “left” of politics seek to understand and engage with the right leaning voters to understand what their concerns are? To simply denounce right leaning voters as stupid, ignorant, or at worst evil is not going to make the world a better place – unless you want a war (noting the fact that all three major world conflicts between 1914 and 1975 were entered into by Democrat US Presidents). Whatever happened to engagement, negotiation and pragmatism? Many of my "left friends" seem just as extreme as the very people they target/believe are "the problem".
Before blaming the “other” side, perhaps we should consider if and how bad actors infiltrated the Left resulting in an environment planned and designed to provide the fuel for other bad actors to promote a shift to the Right. There were already millions of voters who felt disenfranchised and bad actors have deliberately manipulated these voters.
Here is a summary of reads that illustrate many other writers have also considered this issue and theory.
From my perspective, we need to weed out bad actors on both sides of politics, and in the meantime, demonising manipulated Right-wing voters will not solve the problem. We need fight against bad actors (whichever side of politics they sit), restore truth in politics and unite against threats to sustainable human existance.
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