To get this out of the way first: I'm not an Americanist, I'm not even that interested in politics and I'm German, so please take my writing with a grain of salt.
Then why bother writing about the result of the possibly biggest election this decade? I'm not sure but through Social Media and global broadcasting I feel somehow part of what goes on and I see a lot of people outraged about the result even though Donald Trump haven't even started his new job.
I looked objectively on the different events and campaigning of Clinton and Trump from afar and honestly, both are not really the best choice for presidents or at least that's what you feel by having watched both during this period.
What I like about Trump is that he is a business man and he knows how to polarize. He did his marketing homework because everybody talked about him and his outrageous statements. And I agree, there was a lot of BS and things that are not tolerable.
But the truth remains, ploitics is a game that plays with a lot of grey shades and you don't have to be an expert to know about how long or difficult some changes can be, especially in a place like the USA. So why freak out?
Politicians have lied before and will continue to do so. Just look at Trump's speech after he won the elction, where he says things like: "It is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people, and serve the people it will." (Here is the full transcript)
He was calm and humble. No aggression or big polarized statements - so people who actually voted for him are now upset, shouldn't all the other voters be relieved? I don't get it.
Stock prices crash around the world because people are afraid, of what? I don't think America will become hell on Earth, I think they will have a different kind of politics and they will have someone who will want to make money for America. Someone who fights for the average man and protects him. An economy based on meritocracy.
Culture diversity is great, but it has to be legal. Especially we in Germany see how impossible that is with a "liberal" government... So, where is the difference when you already have a fence and now build a wall? Either tear it down or build a wall, but no half measures. Isn't that what we want in the end, integrity?
Since I work in Marketing I like to polarize too sometimes but the internet makes so many things so much bigger than they actually are. Ben Affleck is the new Batman, "it will be so bad". In the end, it wasn't. In fact, Ben Affleck was the best thing that could have happened to Batman since Christopher Nolan. And now America freaks out about their new President - well the majority of the country voted for him. Now we have to see what he actually does in his presidency and don't judge by hype.
I don't want to feel bad for America and I think anybody should, because it is one of the greatest places on Earth and I definitely want to visit and see it for myself someday. Who's president won't change that fact! Don't judge a book by its cover, it's all I'm saying.
I found the view of philosopher Slavoj Zizek very interesting on this matter:
Thanks for reading!