If you are related to or know anyone who feels Donald Trump won the debate last night, count them as a lost cause.
Many of us watched in horror as a man who, seemingly, cannot complete a sentence in response to questions presented to him, is one of the top two contenders for President of the United States. Today my timelines were filled with an equal mix of those filled with angry disbelief and stunned depression due to hearty proclamations that Donald Trump had won the debate last night. Or worse that he had won over some undecided voter.
You may ask yourself how he could have gotten this far. He has gotten this far because his entire campaign centers around fearmongering and he does this with vagueness. He has, intentionally or unintentionally, left it up to his supporters to come up with their own worst case scenarios and the problem isn’t him. The problem is a constituency that doesn’t question. The problem is a populace that continues to water down and re-write history because the truth is incongruent with our perception of America as infallible.
The propaganda has come full circle and we are a nation filled with people who have called on the specter of Hitler one too many times. Once “Hitler” or “Nazi” became buzz words for anyone you disagreed with, the true horror of Hitler was minimized. Once school districts were allowed to re-write or edit our history so that “we didn’t look so bad”, a Donald Trump was inevitable and so were his legions of supporters.
We lost the battle long ago. We lost the battle when we decided that feeling good about America was more important than the truth. We lost the battle once we stopped educating our students and decided indoctrination cloaked in patriotism was paramount. We lost the battle when we allowed individual opinion and bias to stand on par with science and facts because we were entitled to our opinions. We have created a student body who seems to be regressing rather than progressing because basic human dignities were not treated as rights for everyone but as something to be voted on for a select few.
Now is the time to cut your losses and prepare for the next battle. Because it really won’t matter if Trump wins or loses, the people who make up his supporters will still be among us. You can no longer pretend that you are unaware of the fact that so much xenophobia, racism, ignorance, or just plain hate exists in our country; 2016 will always be the year that we voted in or almost voted in Donald Trump.