This is some George R.R. Martin-type shit right here.
I'd like to begin by deeply and sincerely apologizing for my last post. I gravely underestimated the impact this would all have and I feel tremendously guilty for making comments on something I actually didn't know about. Reading through it again, after waking up this morning on an entirely different planet, it annoyingly smacks of "SMUG LIBERAL ASSHOLE". I really was one, so I apologize for my obnoxiousness, my condescension, my pompousness, my over-flexing of Canadian privilege, my straight-up ignorance. I apologize for grossly displaying all that elites are often accused of. Believe me, I'm owning all of that hard. I was truly operating under the mentality of, "Donald Trump won't win, he can't win." I'm thoroughly one of those liberal bubble dwellers that 100% believed that it wasn't even a possibility for Trump to win the election....
But a fuuuuckload of uneducated, racist, misogynist white men came out of woodwork (seriously, I guess you were all hiding in your Chicken Little disaster bunkers or something?) and needed to prove they were still fucking relevant in society. And they actually might not be to blame...
We're to blame. We knew better. We know better. And we're the company we keep. The educated, informed, liberal/socialist, human rights-believing people congregate and work comfortably in solidarity, yes, but the real, dirty, back-breaking sewage-y work that is actually effective, is mixing with and engaging that ignorant white dude in a way that doesn't finally blow up like a trolled-out comments section. We haven't done our work at ground level.
Why am I apologizing if I'm Canadian? Because I'm Canadian and that's what we fucking do, it's our Olympic sport. I've never had the guts to peacefully engage somebody whose morals and values conflict with mine. I've never been able to conjure up the patience and tireless energy to do so. I've held them way the fuck away from me. I cannot emotionally detach when debating. So I've just hit "delete". Canadian pacifism, passive-aggression, elitism, or just plain cowardice? A little off the top from all columns. But now I know the consequences of ignoring these people and treating them like they don't matter. They really fucking matter if they managed to create a sonic boom this big. Ignoring them and treating them like they don't matter is what galvanized them in the first place. By dismissing them, I have somehow, even in a minute way, triggered this collective feeling of butthurt disenfranchisement and the people who've internalized this and kept tabs have come roaring back with a vengeance.
I'm Canadian and the outcome of this election actually affects me and my country. Our policies and agendas on the environment, on trade, and on national defense will dramatically shift because Donald Trump will not know what to do on any of these fronts for the good of the world unless it benefits him. Whether we like it or not, America is our ally, we somehow have to learn to play nice with this piece of shit who doesn't know what the fuck he's doing. This douche, who wants to play in the sandbox with the rest of the leaders, have all the sand for himself, but knows fuck all on how to build sandcastles. This is why I'm scared, this is why my fellow Canadians are just as scared and sad and disappointed like our neighbours below us.
So now what.
I don't know. It's so fresh. Let the initial shock wear off first...
And then we'll get up and go.