The American Price

The American Price

With all of the shenanigans that have gone on in America since the drastic administration change in 2016, it is easy for people around the globe to think of all American citizens as …. America.  This appears to be the American price. However this picture is untrue.  There is Donald Trump and his cronies …. and then the rest of the country that is fighting from inside to survive what we are watching from the outside.

The American Price

From various sources, the voter turnout for the 2016 presidential election was about 53.1% of the 231,556,622 eligible voters.   The popular vote for the current president was 46.1% of those that voted or 62,984,828. So, the amount of eligible voters, who actually voted for the current president is only approximately 36.7%.  This is not a true reflection of America

We also sometimes forget about all of the protesting that began pretty much right after the inauguration.  There have been over 18 national protests against the current administration since 2016 with the largest one in US history being the day after his swearing in with millions on the streets of America and even the world.  This does not sound like a complacent America.  The mid term elections in 2018 were a clear statement from Americans on how they feel about the current administration and what they are planning to do in 2020.

What we mostly see on the news is about how the administration is wrecking havoc on the world and aligning with dictators and tyrants.  Unless you watch American news channels, or consciously follow US politics, you might not see as much about the environment and the people who are really being effected and hurt by changing policy.  We likely see on our Facebook feeds about how people are outraged, and at the same time worried about the future of their country.

I have friends who have family south of the border, and they have first hand knowledge and have heard stories about how most Americans feel.  These people are not and should not be connected to the negative conduct of the president and his party.  I do not say “their” president because many Americans would not say he is their president.  His actions indicate that he is clearly the president of only his very strong base of followers.

So I guess I am thinking that I am going to be more compassionate towards America and resist blaming the whole country for the damage that a very small percentage of people are doing.  By saying I am not going to visit America until the current president is out, I feel like I am punishing business owners who are trying to survive and get out to the other side of this mess that they find themselves in.

Of course there are trolls and people who I have had great battles with on Facebook, one the most popular forums.  Sometimes it is pretty easy to shut people down but sometimes they just get fired up and like wasps, when one is in trouble, everyone in the area swarms to their rescue.  So I refrain from most of the craziness unless someone mentions Canada.  Then I must defend.

What I do know is that most of Americans are as dismayed and angry as the rest of us about what is happening.  There is even a Trump Golf Count page that keeps track of the millions of tax dollars he is spending at his golf courses.  The thing that we sometimes forget is, they are right in the middle of it and it effects them every single day.  So I am going to make a conscious decision to think of the majority first before I judge Americans as a whole.  They are good people.  It’s just a few bad apples that are spoiling the crop.

About Shannon McDougall

A proud Canadian who believes in buying at home when possible.