As the US election map turned predominantly Republican red on TV yesterday, with a thin film of Democrat blue around the international edges, the hopes and dreams of rational thinkers slumped. Previously America had voted in the clown, George W Bush. Now it has voted in a marketing phenomenon, Donald Trump. While it is understandable that white American men in the mid-West might be taken in by the mythology of ‘Make America Great Again’ – a look back at the past – how could white American women, educated to think and act independently, vote for Trump?
O white American women, do you realise you have voted for:
– Lies, marketing mythology and liars, rather than evidence-based rational thinking
– Gender inequality/male supremacy/misogyny
– Being treated as sex objects
– A Conservative interpretation of your Constitution by your future Supreme Court for many years
– Reductions in abortion rights, sensible sex education and planned parenthood
– Reductions in health care
– Racism, racial intolerance, hate speech
– Religious intolerance
– National intolerance
– The power of guns, the right to shoot first
– Lack of information transparency, defying the laws if you are rich
– Fox News as the dominant source of ‘information’ in decision making
– Not needing to pay taxes if you are rich, or are a rich company
I can understand why white men and undereducated people might vote for a mythology that includes these things, particularly when I see my town, my job opportunities reduced by globalisation, the Washington set’s priorities and its political gridlock. I can understand that Hillary Clinton was a very flawed candidate, the second worst choice available in a two horse race. But I can’t understand why I would – if I were a woman – in a country that has led the world in women’s rights, that has led the world in promoting equality, evidenced-based thinking, how I could vote for what Trump represents.
While I’m extremely gloomy for rational thinking in America and for women’s rights and roles (where white women will actually do much better than non-whites now due to increased racism), for the world, I’m less concerned. Trump could be good for the rest of the world because it will lead to:
– Reduction in US forces overseas, pulling out of unwinnable wars
– Reduction in new trade agreements that benefit global, non-taxpaying companies over countries and their citizens
– Reduction in the power of the US, as it ceases to be global cop, global thought leader
– Countries being forced to be more independent in their international thinking and less US-centric
– Forced radical change in international political thinking, as the recent emergence of Brexit, Podemos, Syriza, Pirates Party, One Nation, National Front and many more national organisations force other disconnected national governments to address their underprivileged minorities or lose office
But the omens for women are poorer globally and their futures are definitely reduced by yesterday’s event in the US. O white American women, what have you done?