Regardless of ignorance or stupidity, what is it that leads people to ignore evidence? Yes, there are plenty of papers, articles, stories, blogs, that attempt to answer that question, but people still ignore reality, ignore science, ignore common sense, and ignore the majority of people. Why?
In the USA, greed, selfishness, apathy, and falsely representing religious values seem to be running rampant to the point of running our government. We do not elect the president anymore (I know the electoral college does); in fact almost half of all eligible, registered voters did not vote because they could not stand either candidate and felt their vote would not count if they voted a third-party candidate, or they barred from voting lacking the “proper” ID, or they were too apathetic. Did these people not pay attention in their P-12 american government/history or civic/citizen courses? I have no use for apathy. Those who did not vote have no right to complain about the outcome or use the outcome to justify their lack of voting. I have no respect for people who chose to not vote. I am angered by those barred from voting.
IF the winning candidate was an honest, ethical (not necessarily aligned to my ethics but aligned to honesty and respect), possessed a working knowledge of government, I could easily accept that the person I voted for did not win. However, that is not the case.
The winner is a user, a bully, misogynist, racist, bigoted, and uses his intelligence not to solve problems but to cause problems, to stir up the disenchanted who feel they been ignored by the federal government, who do not want to think for themselves but want someone else to lead. Sheep, yes, but dangerous sheep since they rule their lives by reacting not by being proactive, not by being educated on issues and solutions, who are not problem-solvers or critical thinkers. People who feel they have been slighted but refuse to take the steps themselves to advocate for themselves.
The winner who lies, embraces whomever will pay his bills (except the majority of taxpayers), who has no allegiance to the United States of America or her citizens, but worships not just the almighty dollar (who doesn’t want to have sufficient funds to live in their own home, can afford medical necessities, feed their family, take a vacation, etc.?), corruption, privilege as power, and you get the picture. Those people who voted for him and the electoral college think they will be better off and those in the electoral college probably will be due to their monied connections. However, the citizens who want to be led, they will be hurt a LOT. IN the wake of this disaster, innocent children and elderly will also be harmed. People who did not choose to have a medical condition that requires expensive treatment or chronic treatment. People who pay their bills, who pay their taxes, people who find the work they need to support their family, people who believe if you work hard enough, you will prosper. People I love.
My anger is more to the people who take no responsibility for their actions, this includes most of the people in Congress-house of representatives and the senate, those who self-righteously think they are owed something and are not receiving it but think non-white, non-US Americans are, people who hid behind their religious beliefs to hate.
My frustrations lie in my inability to educate. I produced facts with evidence and yet, beliefs without evidence won out. Even the current president makes decisions based on the whims of his own imaginations, the agenda of others who have money (=power) with a chip on their shoulder for some reason. Okay, I will say, because of white supremacy which is a fallacy. Their whiteness, their privilege because of their skin color has been threatened and with money they have bought their way to the white house and congress. And those of us who still believe in the goodness of others and their agendas suffer a setback that hits an unexpected grab of our private parts.
I am angry. I am frustrated. But I am not quitting. I will continue to fight for those who are discriminated against for the color of their skin, the origin of their family, the choice of their spouse, for those who are female, for those who are repressed. We all would like to have an easier life; but if I refuse to speak up and speak out, then I will have turned my back on justice, equality and equity, and humanity.
“Damn the torpedoes! full speed ahead!”–Adm. David Glasgow Farragut, circa ~1863.