On one hand, the election is the equivalent of a practical joke pulled by European-Americans on all of America. Words cannot describe how loutish and unqualified this man is; there is no equivalent in recent history. None. The dull cacophony from leftists about Bush was to-be-expected from them; in truth, all they did was exhaust putdowns and deprive them of usefulness for later on. I have never laughed harder than I did at a Presidential-level event than I did during the first three debates; I mean there are no right answers, but there are some answers you just know are wrong. Such as him saying he wanted to help the income divide by in his words helping the “biggest corporations”. Or dwelling on trivia when discussion overall foreign policy by questioning why the military announces attacks. It was grade school level.
On the other hand, I do believe we are entering a dangerous era in American history. Some assume AltRight will have its moment and subside. I wouldn’t count on it or assume it will happen. 58% whites voted for Trump; this compares with 59% for Romney. Some people haven’t caught that. What this means is that if Trump’s race-baiting antics continue, there’s no reason his white support couldn’t go up - perhaps to 2/3rds of whites. Enthralling them along the way by kicking the doors down of minority homes to get at people who “shouldn’t be here”. Arresting Asian scientists accused of “espionage” with no evidence – all to the hurrahs of the masses and the braindead minority sycophants, these very white unwise individuals who could not correlate Trump’s campaign to what it meant for them (30% of Asians and Latinos voted for Trump; each voting more for Trump than they did for Romney).
On r/AI, we talk about how bad Asians have it. I hate to burst our own bubble, but we have no idea how bad it can become. No f*cking clue. Seriously. It’s quite possible the things we complain about today will seem petty compared to what happens a few years from now. People are assuaging their own fears to ease cognitive dissonance; I remember these same kind of people were saying “Calm down, Trump’s not going to get the GOP nod”, then “Calm down, general election voters aren’t going to go for this nonsense.”. These same people who haven’t learned a thing are now saying “Oh don’t worry, he won’t do what he promised.” or “Oh, America won’t keep attacking minorities”. Says who? No reason to suggest Trump will discontinue race-baiting as President, esp. if it worked so well for him as a candidate. I think the degree to which we think of Trump as an oddity (which it’s hard not to), and the degree to which we think this is “business as usual” and it will “all work out in the end” will to be our serious disservice. No allaying of cognitive dissonance or exchanging of comforting but ultimately hollow reassurances about how Trump “won’t be so bad” will allow us to escape the predicament if he goes from strength to strength as he has for the last year, if he does what he’s been saying he’s going to do (to all minorities in one way or another), and if white people form the massive racial voting bloc they’re in the midst of forming. We will look back at threads from r/AI from 2015 and long for the good old days.