American author Madeleine L’Engle said, “when we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… To be alive is to be vulnerable.” My interpretation of this quote is that life sucks and not everything is going to go your way. But part of growing up is accepting that life is going to suck. Maybe understanding this reality is why I was able to vote for an a**hole like Donald Trump instead of Joe Biden. Joe Biden made it seem like if you voted for him he would suddenly solve all of the issues in the United States.
Pre-COVID, the fervent anti-Trumpers tried to make Trump seem like the devil or someone who was the result of the United States’ racist past. Heck, I thought Trump would start World War III when he won the 2016 election. Though to be fair, I did not know that all people in public office have huge flaws. Actually, I did not understand politics at all, and I thought that the Democrats were the heroes. Now I understand that both parties suck and that I have to look at the candidates and do research. Don’t get me wrong, Trump had HUGE personality problems. Then again, I doubt that you will ever find a humble politician, especially if you are searching in the state of New York. The pander game was one that Trump did not know how to play despite all his attempts. I know people who were put off by the fact that he was not as worried about the “white supremacist” threat as other Americans seem to be.
Policy-wise, Trump was not the worst president in our history, but there are others who would be a better president than Trump and obviously better than Biden. Biden has been portrayed by the media as nice and caring because he is a grandpa type figure. Honestly, I just don’t see it. Here is Biden telling a worker that he is “full of sh*t.” Also, here is Biden calling someone who didn’t vote for him “fat” and a “damn liar.” And we all saw Biden yelling at that reporter last week. Regardless of whether he actually is caring or not, Biden is certainly better at portraying himself as more caring than Trump. And some people might require that “caring” voice that Trump could not fake to save his life. But that, in addition to a better understanding of US civics and macroeconomics, has opened my eyes. People need to stop trying to find someone to give them a sense of safety. It is only just an illusion. Just like how gun-free zones promise no mass shootings, yet they still happen frequently. People need to grow up. If we try to run a country based purely on emotion, we will all fall… and deservedly so.