I normally am a happy optimist..
What a Deception!
… but lately, I feel pesimistic and depressed.
The elections in the U.S. are now over. Biden won... Eeven if his main opponent — the then President Trump — did not recognize his victory, and multiplied his efforts — legal and illegal — to have the votation turned in his favor, and be declared a winner.
Yes, for weeks after the election night, Trump had been repeating it like a well trained parrot: Fraud!, I won by a slide!, Democrats committed fraud!
In fact, he claimed it was going to be a fraudulent election for months before the electoral contest. Obviously, he entertained the idea he could be a loser of the election, but a conman as him, did not accept the idea of losing, so he has to win… whatever the means.
Somehow, that type of behavior did not surprise me, for it fits perfectly the type of individual that he is: mean, malicious. narcissistic, liar, spoiled brat, extremely arrogant, irrespectful. As a matter of fact, apparently he has not changed.
People that know him better have said that he has been always like that.
What surprised me though, was the quantity of Americans voting for such an individual: roughly almost half of the total number of voters, or 74 million votes.
And that is what made me sad and pessimistic. You see, right or wrong, I have placed the Americans in a mental pedestal, one characterized by lots of common sense, many justice lovers, always rational behavior. But, how could that many Americans vote for somebody like Trump?
Please, I’m old enough to understand that in any society, there are bits of everything: good, bad, and in the middle. But, so many followers of Trump? No, never.
I then understood that the problem was that I never had any previous contact with that part of America. You see, I visited various major cities in the U.S. innumerable times during the last, say, 20 years. But those visits were always for work or for tourist purposes. And during those visits, I always met urban, race concious but diplomatic, intelligent, reasonable, common sense people. Most of the time, anyway.
Save the ocassional openly racist, I never came accross raving lunatics like the vociferous, aggressive crowd that invaded the Capitol a few weeks before.
That, and the large number of votes obtained by Trump in the Presidential election, were a rude awakening for me. I then realized — naive me — that there was another America, quite large, which I did not know, and did not like, as it attempted against my most basic principles.
I only hope that that part of America never gets again into power. We had enough with the preamble offered by Trump.