Allow me to preface this with the fact that I am apolitical. That is not to say that I do not take an interest in politics — rather, I am neither left-wing nor right. I vote for which party serves my needs, and this decision oscillates with each election that comes.
We all know what happened in America last week: the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, won the primary presidential vote in America. Yes, he did not get as many votes as his opponent, Hillary Clinton, but he won more states in their system. Tl;dr — Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the USA.
It was not so much the result of this election that troubled me, though — it’s the reaction (the protests) that followed. As I write this article, there are protests in several major cities including New York, Boston and Denver. Then, there are rallies organised in Sydney and Wellington to protest Trump’s election.
I’m not a betting man, but it is fair to assume that these protests will have as much of an impact as windscreen wipers on a submarine.
Of course, these people are championing human rights: females fear for their lives, while the LGBTQ community echo those sentiments. I do not identify with either of these communities, so I will desist from commenting.
I will ask protestors this question, though: if you proselytise human rights, where were your protests when the Liberal Party was elected this year which will continue the arbitrary detention of refugees? And when Mike Baird rescinded on his greyhound ban a few weeks ago, where were you?
Allow me to carry on.
It is getting to the point where you are either left or right, and this is not healthy for democracy. The militant left have over-policed ostensibly racist, sexist or offensive terms, so much so that a conversation feels like treading on eggshells. On the other side of the same coin, you have the right who people believe to be belligerent and racist, sexist and *insert bigot-related adjective here*.
And herein lies the problem.
Democracy is crumbling. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines democracy as “a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting.”
Did Donald Trump get elected by his people? Yes.
Was there any fraudulent behaviour in the voting process? No (please do not rant to me about media influences and other petulant excuses).
There you go. Whether you like it or not, Donald Trump was chosen by a portion of his nation to lead the USA for the next four years. This dissent and protesting, while seemingly altruistic, is doing more harm than good for the nation.
It is not democratic if you protest a result — it’s quite the contrary.
So next time you think about posting a meme that criticises Donald Trump, or you choose to belittle someone who supported him, just remember you’re also denigrating democracy — the very system that gave you the luxury to have your say.