|"Can you believe that thing Trump did/said/tweeted/ate/shouted/emoted?" Yes. Yes, I can. And I completely don't give a fuck.
A little background here: I voted for George W. Bush twice during my conservative Christian days. And I voted for Obama twice in my liberal post-religious days. Since I've been old enough to vote, I've voted for a winner. Until this election, where the villain won. So that could have something to do with it.
But aside from that, I just feel completely unrepresented. Conservatives: "That's how we've felt for the past eight years." Yeah, I get it. We've had Osama the Socialist Muslim as our overlord for eight long, terrible years, where unemployment went down and the economy went up. It's been horrible, I know. But I can see one major difference between the Obama and Trump presidencies: Obama wanted to give things away, like healthcare to poor people and rights to gay people. Trump wants to take things away, like abortion rights for women and the freedom to talk about climate change. This difference is a false equivalency; you can't say, "Yeah but your guy did bad things too." If you can't see this difference, that's exactly my point.
Part of my apathy stems from this whole idea of a post-fact world, where true statements of fact and provable ideas mean nothing to a rabid, shouting mob. I've always been a fan of concrete ideas -- things I can prove right or wrong, black or white. Even during my Christian days, my faith was rational, resting on the assumption of the existence of an all-powerful deity. There are true statements, and there are false statements. If we can't agree on which are which, we're screwed. So we're screwed.
Republicans now control the White House, the Congress, the Senate, and soon enough the Supreme Court. My side, which fights for the separation of church and state, the rights of the marginalized, and ... well ... the fucking planet, are perpetually overruled. Every single idea that was pushed during the Obama years is about to be undone, and the new ideas of the Trump army will steamroll all opposition due to simple majority rule.
People like to point at the unhealthy idea of us versus them, the right versus the left, conservatives versus liberals, rural versus urban, etc. I don't see this going away anytime soon. And I don't really play well with others, so I'm not the solution to this problem. If you hold onto an idea that's provably false, that's a problem for me, and I can't just set it aside and move onto other things. You're wrong, you must know you're wrong, here's why you're wrong, and you're an idiot for not understanding it. Since this gets us nowhere, I've moved onto the next step: I just don't give a fuck. Believe what you want. Do what you will. Obviously facts won't change your opinions. Reason won't prevail. I'm just staying out it. #politics