The Silver Lining of the Trump Presidency
I know, you are reading that headline and asking yourself WTF; has he lost his mind? Not really, although with Trump’s presidency it isn’t easy. But, I’ve posted this before on social media and mentioned it in a post as well, that I’m reminded of the lyrics “Why Worry” by Dire Straits.
“There should be laughter after pain
There should be sunshine after rain
These things have always been the same
So why worry now
Why worry now.”
We know worrying has never solved any problems, but that doesn’t mean sit back and be complacent. Fact is, the lyrics are true not only to life, but today’s political hurricane, and we are witnessing it every minute of every day.
There’s no escaping politics anymore. It’s everywhere. It’s on our phone with news apps. Social media seems to be predominantly political as people are devoting every free minute of their day to be for Trump or against him.
I’ve seen commercials hinting at working together. We saw it first with Harley Davidson joining the political arena and recently I saw a commercial with Land O’Lakes butter which at the end says imagine what we can accomplish as a country if we work together. I’ve seen dozens of commercials that have the same subliminal message.
More than ever I’m seeing commercials with LGBT messages or racially diverse couples. I read that the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49’ers game had at least ten political commercials. There’s of course the Nike ad campaign with Colin Kaepernick. Then there’s people opening up their wallets like Tom Steyer.
Watching last night the season finale of HBO’s Ballers which has had multiple political scenes, last night was no different. The prior episode had a #TakeAKnee moment when character Ricky Jerret bent down to tie his shoe laces. He was at a neighborhood barbeque where the neighbors are the one percent. The show ended with Jerret tweeting “F- Trump” and “F- the whites.” White was actually the last name of the host of the barbeque.
Jerret’s sidekick, TTD is always wearing political T-shirts and yesterday wore a “Make My President Black Again” hat.
During a press conference, Charles who is now the General Manager of the L.A. Rams, starts by apologizing for being late and that Sarah Huckabee couldn’t make it because she was “searching for the truth.”
Character Joe Krutel towards the end of the episode while talking to his bosses, the one percent, said President Trump is a “moron” who “bullshitted his way into the Oval Office by doing nothing more than lying and doubling down.”
Of course, we witnessed Robert DeNiro say “F- Trump,” that Trump can’t be in his restaurants, and that he would like to punch him in the face. Kathy Griffin, like it or leave it, also expressed her First Amendment beliefs and paid for it more than anyone else. And guess what, she’s still standing up to President Trump and mini-me Don, Jr. And who could forget Eminem when he dared his fans to “cross the line.” Regardless of the celebrity, I’m sure they realize they are giving people the power to speak out since they are willing to risk their careers in doing so. That takes major cojones.
We have witnessed actor James Woods fight with everyone on social media, and now Taylor Swift is speaking out for the first time in her life. But, how is all this good? It brings attention to the issues.
For the most part, our country has been asleep at the wheel since the Sixties when it came to politics and voting, but not anymore. Call it the perfect storm for awareness. I hate to think that negativity happens for a reason, but maybe it does. Look at the brave students of the Parkland mass shooting like David Hogg that have been working hard to get other high school students registered to vote. It’s awesome to see eighteen year olds politically active. Their activism will infiltrate society, law and politics for the next half century.
Women are speaking out thanks to the #MeToo movement, knowing the consequences in advance. If that is not the definition of bravery, I don’t know what is. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is the perfect example. There is strength in numbers. Next to women is the LGBTQ community who like women, are not only more active politically than ever before, but are running for political office.
Protests continue. A powerful message anywhere in the world.
Our country has become political, and that’s not a bad thing. I know the results aren’t immediate nor fast enough in today’s instant world, but maybe this is what was needed. Maybe this will get more people to vote and cause a blue tidal way of positive change this country so desperately needs.
Maybe this will lead to Election Day becoming a National Holiday so people can afford to take time off from work if not at least a few hours. Hell, maybe employers can participate and take staff to the voting booth. Maybe this will lead to women, the LGBT community, and minorities kicking down the doors of government so that we are better represented by the true faces of the citizens of this country.
Trust me, I’m no Trump fan, but after forty-six years of living and having to grow up fast because of my profession, I realize there is always more than meets the eye. Maybe it’s not apparent immediately, but there is a silver lining. It’s not always easy to see it, but it’s there.
Remember, there is laughter after pain and sunshine after rain. These things have always been the same.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.