It's not about Trump, it's a much better sign than it appears

  This election was not about Republicans, Democrats, Trump, or Hillary, it's much deeper than that. It's a sign of the times and I believe it could be a very good one. It's about change and not the typical change we hear about in every election cycle, what ever "change" is.

  Bernie Sanders was was relatively obscure socialist politician with little money and without the powerful backing that Hillary had. He literally gave Hillary a run for her money and nearly beat her. On the other side Trump beat the evangelical Christian conservatives hands down, not to mention the moderates. Again with little money and no political experience.

  This was an all inclusive movement against the establishment. So what does this mean? There many dynamics to politics but I would like to put to microscope to just the humanist/Atheist movement not to suggest that it is the most influential of factors but merely to look at how our country has steadily become more secular and how it may apply and indicate a possible improvement to our nation.

  We as Atheist love to look at the statistics of how exponentially more and more Americans describe themselves as unaffiliated as a religious preference. I believe the major push of this change of culture started with the hippies or flower children of the 60s. With this movement there was certainly less dependence on theist beliefs and much more focus on free thought. Since then we've had the civil rights movement, the feminist movement, the lgbti movement to name a few. All of these were anti-establishment in nature.

Trump was simply the most anti-establishment candidate in the running. This is not an indication people believed he was the best but simply the furthest from run of the mill politicians. This indicates a civil rebellion! So What exactly are we rebelling against? Business as usual? Perhaps a bit of theistic politics and the limitations of freedom thereof. We certainly as a nation have not gravitated towards stricter "Morality" laws.

I don't know what " change"  is coming or even if Trump will be a good President. What I do know is that the fact that we the people have rejected the establishment is a very good sign when looking at the big picture for the humanist/Atheist community and by proxy our nation as a whole.

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I agree that there is finally a growing resistance to the political  establishment (which included both the Democrats and the Republicans).  Details notwithstanding, Trump managed to completely shake up both parties at the same time (which is much better than just doing one). We may have a chance to do some house cleaning now.

It's not just the US. Europe also is getting more anti-establishment--people are getting sick of being told what they're supposed to believe and what they're allowed to say.

[BTW, I enjoyed wearing my Wikileaks T-shirt the weekend after the election]

There is a right way and a wrong way to further secularism in our government, and Trump is absolutely, unequivocally, the wrong way. Trump is a disaster for this country, no matter how you slice it. We should all be terribly ashamed that this is the state of our government.

Last Saturday I went to see my wife so we could finish the divorce proceedings and she would allow me to go forward with this. On the way to her apartment I bought gasoline for $1.67 a gallon. Inside the local gas station I made the remark that gasoline hadn't been that cheap in a long while. Somebody replied to me that it was the Republican way of saying thank you. In my wife's town 40 miles away gasoline was $1.89 but I don't look for this to hold in any way.

Once T Rump takes office they will be pushing it for the $5 mark as soon as they can. GWB was doing that same thing while he was president.

Also don't look for those gasoline taxes to provide infrastructure improvements not tethered to some kind of public private partnership (P3). Trump will be pushing for handcuffing infrastructure to profits for the 0.1 percent that have the means to partner in billion dollar public works.
Without a doubt, this election was about people not caring what is true. They just didn't care. Truth, reality, and ability were not a factor. Identity and the economy were.




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