Before I begin, I would like to state the obvious, a looming fact over our nation ever since 2015 when the 2016 campaign began: Divisiveness is destroying us. There is no question that unity is not what we want. It is unachievable, but there would be no change without a divided society, however, when division feeds off of itself, and an issue breaks apart into smaller and smaller issues, feeding the mouths of self-centered trolls, our division does not work for us, and makes clear waters murky.
Seeing issues like feminism become about racism in comment sections is sickening, and it breaks apart that trust that builds movements like The Women’s March. The little pieces of anger that we turn into other pieces of anger is not a helpful thing.
An election cycle is a slow process of masked unification. It begins with the primaries. So many choices. Then it usually ends up narrowing down to two choices — in our most recent case, Clinton and Sanders, Then the Democrats and Republicans only have one choice for their party. Many Democrats who did not like
Clinton’s viewpoints, Clinton ended up not voting. Trump supporters, whose radical anger they had kept themselves unleashed “The Silent Majority (minority technically because she won the popular vote)” in which Trump won by a fair amount at least under electoral college standards.
Wow. I am getting off topic.
One of the reasons that the Democrats lost 2016 was that we were so divided. After Bernie Sanders, we had a taste of something that we’d wanted a revolution, and now we couldn’t go with Hillary, an extremely qualified, decent candidate whose image had been tainted by the money of the right wing media.
And it shows, although Bernie’s change would have been wonderful, and we needed it, (I’m not going into why I didn’t support him, see last year’s diaries) it also created a division, caused by a moderately left party leaning left. Of course, this may not be the most accurate example. Hillary Clinton had an email account, and we all know how horribly dangerous that is, (too bad she didn’t have a secret Russian communications backchannel instead), and this statement is merely an observation based on voters I’ve talked to, and poll numbers. But who knows? What would have happened if Sanders had gone on to win the nomination? The presidency? How divided then would we be? How would Trump supporters react?
Are we now in this present day ahead of a civil war?
Would we be ahead of a civil war too if change-maker Sanders had been elected?
If Bernie had won, it would be great from one side, as is Trump’s case, but does a good president really signal good for unity?
Obviously we are at the cusp of a tipping point. The election only revealed what is, not changed what could have been.