Once upon a time in America it was normal to own and sell actual human beings, it was as common place as the way we sell cars now. It was also common practice when someone was ill to use leeches to help cure the ailment, that was also normal. More recently in this country, it was considered normal that women didn’t vote, that was the way it was. As we move further down the road, at one time in the country it considered normal that people of color had to go to separate schools, bathrooms, restaurants, and they even had to sit in the back of buses, perfectly normal. These are just a few examples of things that seem outrageous now and almost unthinkable, but all were considered normal.
The road to progress can be a very fast moving one sometimes, moving at what seems like the speed of light. 20 years ago, fax machines were a fast way of sending information, now your probably googling what a fax machine was. The road backwards can also happen pretty quickly too, almost in front of our very eyes. We learned in 2016 that even though we thought we have progressed down the road where hate & bigotry were things that only existed in the shadows, but we now know that the shadows can quickly overtake the light. The 2016 Presidential campaign, mainly President Elect Donald Trump introduced thoughts, ideas and language that the very start of his campaign seemed absurd, and extreme. He talked of banning a certain religion from this a country, FYI, America was founded on freedom of religion. Trump insulted Mexicans, Muslims, women, & handicapped, he spoke of nationalism in way that was extremely subversive, and for the most part was dark. Trump was caught on tape revealing his true self, bragging of sexual harassment & assault, but somehow the language was branded, locker room talk, boys will be boys I guess, even if they were like 58 years old at the time. As the ebb & flow of the campaign continued and the media massive FAILURE in covering and reporting Trump, his actions, and words and thought process was depicted in a normal fashion.
We know now, the end result of this catastrophic failure was Donald Trump being elected, and as quickly as the hope President Obama brought us 8 years ago, seems to disappearing faster than the winter sun. Since Trump has been elected hate crimes have steadily risen all over this country, including it’s largest New York City, by 115%, according to ABC News. Trump has tweeted flat out lies regarding the election totals, and the VP Elect Mike Pence went on national t.v. Sunday and doubled down on these claims, again sans any factual evidence, and once again the media allowed both Trump & Pence to LIE to the American people. Trump has attacked a broadway troupe and SNL via twitter and in interviews, again this was not reported as the musings of a mad man, just another day in the life of a grumpy old man. Scarier than that, Trump has gone to twitter and in recent rallies across the country and essentially asked that people in violation of their 1st Amendment rights be jailed & lose their citizenship, and once again just another day in the office for the media.
Where does the line get drawn, how far will this go, how far can it go? Will the media finally figure out a way to report and cover Trump? Of course the million dollar question is how far do We the People allow this go? The hope is that the 66 million people that didn’t vote for Trump, will stay diligent, alert and continue to push back against the rising tide, and keep normal….normal.