Regardless of political affiliation, the importance of assembling to peacefully protest must not be lost amidst the complaints of those who see protests as outlets for violence. The protest surrounding the President’s Executive Orders to temporarily ban refugees and to begin construction on a wall along the Mexican-American border was an incredible event to witness. Alongside politically charged chants and amidst all of the sign waving were conversations surrounding the smallest things; figuring out what to eat after the event, small talk about minor life events, etc.
These conversations, alongside the more serious political purpose of the event, seemed alien; and yet these are the things that characterize the human experience. Not just the American experience, but those of every person from every walk of life. These Executive Orders do determine who we are as a nation. However, as important as these are, they also serve as a distractor, a “shock event” among others designed to distract the populace from other event going on that will have a lasting impact on the nation.
Trump’s cabinet picks have defied all of his campaign promises to “drain the swamp,” as the premise that he was going to root out corruption was faulty from the start due to the fact that business is the corrupting force within politics.
However, we may take a tentative respite in the fact that history is not linear. While it is difficult to see the progress made by the previous administration frustrated, it is not at all unrealistic to imagine a post-Trump America that picks up right where While there were many issues that the Obama administration could have handled more proficiently, I believe his government was working towards beginning to address issues of intellectual property rights, campaign finance reform, internet law, and many other issues that should be defining our political debates currently. America will withstand Trump and his administration that currently and baldfacedly represents big oil and big bank interests; the question is becomes, “how many lives will we let slip by during his administration?”