Donald Trump is the President-elect of the US. While many opinion editorials have been and will be written about the shocking results of this election, I wish to accentuate one positive aspect: it is obvious that the power of the Christian Right is waning, and that whatever moral legitimacy and moral authority the Christian Right may have had to previous generations, it no longer has.
Unlike the W Bush years, where a degrading campaign was run on hatred of LGBT individuals, this campaign did not appeal to the superstitious degeneracy of the Christian Right. It was just as bold and just as vile, but it did not seek to confer the mask of piety on racism, anti-women and anti-Muslim rhetoric.
Our next First Lady will be an immigrant escort young enough to be the President’s daughter, and only a few weeks ago the entire world listened in shock as a very un-Presidential future President boasted about his predatory sexual behavior.
The hypocrisy does not end there. It’s clear that even those who feigned to be ashamed of Trump’s behavior still voted for him, and that although the Mormon Church–as usual–seems to have spent a huge amount of money in self-promotion and propaganda where it distanced itself from Trump in the news (Newsweek, Desert News, etc.) and making itself out to be a pro-family-values and immigrant-friendly Church that couldn’t possibly be for Trump … he still easily won the Mormon-majority state of Utah. The Mormons threw aside their “values” with no hesitation and voted for the pussy-grabbing, twice-divorced adulterer with a trophy wife.
As Bill Maher has accurately noted: the party of family values finally shows its true colors.
Noam Chomsky accurately explains how consent is manufactured in the US by corporate-owned media. Trump received an exaggerated amount of undeserved attention in the media, even in spite of his lack of substance–probably the only thing consistent in Trump’s repertoire. Liberal Rachel Maddow seems to have been one of the few mainstream reporters who contradicted the “official narrative” according to which the Trump did not represent true Republican sentiment, particularly in its most bigoted expression.
Politics is now reality television, and we can expect it to be just as trashy and vulgar. The next four years will be entertaining, even if at times terrifying. Let’s now grab the popcorn and sit back. Welcome to the season finale of America!