“After the elections things will be back to normal, regardless of whoever wins. Politics is a dirty game and the masses behave just like them.”
This is what we want to believe when politics goes really wrong.
This is what some said about Brexit. When I was terrified by the messages that the Brexit campaign sent to ordinary people, some of my friends on both sides of the debates were saying that after the referendum things will go back to normal.
Guess what? Things didn’t go back to normal. If anything, our society and economy seem to be on a downward spiral; and the really bad stuff hasn’t even started yet. Jobs are being lost, whole industries are talking about leaving Britain and the pound…well, it is so much down that I don’t even want to go there.
In a word, we messed up big time in Britain. And just to make my position clear, the worst part is not that we would likely be leaving the EU. While this is bad enough, the real danger comes from the messages that unprincipled politicians unleashed as part of their twisted political game (worse than Game of Thrones and this is a fragment of an overactive and perverse imagination.)
For the first time in the last four decades, politicians in Britain – directly or not – sent out the message that it is okay to hate difference; that it is okay to feel threatened by difference; and that it is acceptable to go on the attack.
How far these feelings, and actions, can go? No one knows. History teaches that once unleashed xenophobia, nationalism and selfishness can reach beyond the realm of civilisation and normality.
You know, Germany was not a barbarian country with no culture and civilisation. Before 1929 when the Nazi Party gained recognition, Germany was the land of Kant, Hegel and Marx; it was the land of Goethe and Wagner.
After Nazism, Germany got back to normal. It took a World War, military humiliation, the devastation of Europe and several decades of economic and social revival.
Think again when you catch yourself thinking that after the election, things will go back to normal. Sometimes things don’t go back to normal; sometimes it takes half a century and many dead for things to go back to normal.
Today the world is looking towards the US.
The outcome of this Presidential election can push us into a world we may not wish to leave our children. Sounds a bit dramatic but it happens to be technically correct.
We believe that the US has a political organisation that prevents Presidents to do much damage; let’s face it, even George W. Bush, who was one the few drunks in history of drinking to see God rather than pink elephants or rats, didn’t manage to do much harm.
And still, were the US to elect Donald Trump the damage will be enormous. It would be enacted through the messages that came loud and clear during his campaign. It is okay to hate difference; be it women, black people or Mexicans.
What did people think when Trump was accused, with evidence, of sexually harassing women? If they vote for him they obviously don’t mind too much.
What did people think when he was telling un-truths, using the electorate faulty psychology (this is not an offence; our psychology is faulty)? When he was vulgar?
Some say they trust Trump with the economy. Have you seen how markets react with joyful jump up at the slightest suggestion he will lose?
We are yet to see what will happen today.
Whatever happens, the world will never be the same again.