For a long time now the country has been becoming more and more extreme. You have people on both sides who listen to friends who think the same way they do, and maybe even more extremist. Both sides have news networks and major blogs and publications that will support their point of view. People see these stories and repost them, and their friends repost them, and the see them over and over in their feed. This is the echo chamber effect. What is being said is irrational.
I can tell you that I have never unfriended someone for having different political views, and I see both sides in my feed. If you remove news that opposes your views you will be ill-informed. You will only see one view, and that view gets more and more radical as time goes by because no other voice is there to bring rational thought.
This happened as Obama took office. People on the left made him out to be their savior, that he would fix all of their social concerns. People thought he would pay their bills, give them free health care. There was so much hope in him that he was given the Noble Peace prize before he did much of anything. On the right the same thing happened. People kept saying he was the worst president ever. People thought he would be the source of Socialism, Sharia Law, FEMA Camps, death panels, martial law and much more. They thought he would take their guns, promote abortions and generally destroy the economy and the nation as a whole. Obama is NOT the savior and Obama is NOT destructor that so many memes and blogs made him out to be.
BUT this is ALSO true about Trump. Most of those that loved Obama now hate Trump, most of those that hated Obama now love Trump with as much varicosity. All of these people protesting what could happen with Trump are misled by the media just as much as when Obama was given the Peace prize. On the other side these people who think Trump is the savior are probably just as misled as when they thought Obama was the destroyer of our nation.
In retrospect Obama was a fairly weak, non-effective president. He did not bring disgrace to his office as Clinton did but he did not inspire us like Reagan did. He spent his first part fighting with the Dems and getting almost nothing done, and then the Dems were replaced by Republicans and then nothing of major importance got done. He could only act by executive order. Most of what he did was not majorly important to the vast population, and easily reversed because it was only an executive order and not a law. His only major impact was Obama care. Passed in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend using rules that were hardly fair. It never should have passed. But then it did have some positive effects, helping some get health care, but making it harder for others. But it was not good economically, and most companies involved in it had major losses. So it did have some good parts but a lot of bad also. He ended up leaving office by going on a goodbye tour, going on TV shows and giving speeches. It was nice when he was singing the national anthem when he arrived as his goodbye speech.
He seemed to be a good man, focusing on the prayers during Trumps inauguration.
Trump has been plagued by a media that is highly negative on one side. They have been creating fear in their audience, and whipped them into a fervor. Resulting in protests that are on the verge of riots, smashing windows, and setting things on fire. Fear is a very powerful motivator, just after Obama took office this fear fervor created the Tea Party movement, record gun sales (Because people thought Obama would stop sales any day), and grew the Republican party faster than any time in recent history. The people who are anti trump, however, have much less respect for law and order than he people on the right did. They will be much less peaceful than the right was. They forget that people on the right spent the last 8 years buying guns, and gun laws have become much more free in right leaning states.
My prediction is that Trump will not do anything of consequence to hinder the LGBT community, he has shown that it is a non issue to him. He loves and adores women, and will not trample their rights, no matter how much the liberal media has made you think he will. Trump is very smart, and I honestly think he loves America and will do what he thinks is best for America. The problem is that what he thinks is best is not what others think is best, but maybe his logic is correct. He does not think we should let Muslims in during this time of ISIS, and I think he is correct, just as we were correct not to let Germans or Japanese in when we were at war with them. I am not sure that the block on trade is a good idea, having studied economics so much, but it will bring more jobs in the short term. I think a wall is a good idea, but when it is in the middle of nowhere I am not sure we need a real huge wall, just a fence with some good sensors. Over half of our border is wilderness.
But I can agree totally that a smaller, less intrusive and less restrictive government will be better. We do not need the government to be our nanny, we do not need them to tell us what to do and how to do it. We also should not be babies and not put out our hand every time we are hungry or have any need. We should be adults, standing or failing on our own efforts. The adults in our nation love this idea, but the ba
bies, the snowflakes hate it, they have grown up with it and will be forced to grow up without it, so they protest, just like any baby.
People should give Trump a chance to be a good person and not be what the liberal media makes them think he is, just liked they asked the opposite people 8 years ago when Obama took office.
The problem with me writing a story like this is that those on the left and those on the right will disagree with parts of this, causing no one to share or promote this article. Lets see, I hope I am proven wrong, just like all those anti trump people will soon be, and all those Anti Obama people were. This is the problem that happened with Glenn Beck. At the start of Obama he came to fame feeding the echo chamber, and massed a huge following and created a media empire. But recently he saw that this was part of the problem, and that it was dividing and not uniting our country. Mr Beck has lost most of his followers and his empire because of this stance. The people who consume the media want the extreme. The more extreme a story is the more it will be shared and promoted, even though most of it is fake. This is the key problem, they make money promoting and increasing the extremism even if it is clear it is tearing our nation apart. My hope is that Trump will not do anything the left is afraid of, that he will make government leaner and fairer again and soon much of this extreme talk will subside, just as it did in the last few years for Obama.