Original notes for this piece: Preface that you don’t believe that Donald Trump winning is a good thing. As a Taiwanese immigrant whose family moved here for better opportunities, I don’t think I could ever truly believe that. This is also not about whether Hillary Clinton may or may not have been the ideal candidate, these thoughts are devoid of Hillary. This is an evaluation of Donald Trump. Donald Trump in a vacuum.
We want what is best for America. If Trump can somehow succeed on a grand scale and continue to fool us all, then perceptions of him may change. Only time will tell, and so far it has been quite telling.
So in lieu of the Wall, the ban on immigrants, and the cessation of support to Planned Parenthood among others, here are five reasons why Donald Trump winning may not be such a bad thing after all.
1. The pressure he creates for himself.
The man has been tossed into the deep-end, and now we shall see if he truly knows how to swim.
It’s a Win/Win: Either he succeeds and America is better for it, or he doesn’t, and much of what was believed about him becomes true.
2. It’s illuminating, it’s revealing.
On a national level, the people who voted for him in November are now seeing some of his initial promises unfulfilled, or amended. Though we should not be too quick to cast judgment, at what point do they turn on him as a President, or at point do they begin to lose themselves in following onward?
On an international and global level, what do we look like to other countries? America as a nation. Indivisible. Have we lost legitimacy? Respect? Maybe we deserve that.
3. It forces you to become better.
To stand for what you believe in, even more than you already do.
This will only ignite the masses. I haven’t seen such fervor and passion from both ends of the spectrum in a long time.
4. Party or Ponder. When you win, you party. When you lose, you ponder.
Losing can teach you more than winning ever will. It can make you tougher. It can make you smarter. It can make something worth fighting for.
5. Let me grab the popcorn…
No matter how dire this situation has become, you can’t say that it won’t be entertaining. Brilliant shows like Veep and The Young Pope are now reality de facto. Truth is now truly stranger than fiction.
But the worst thing from all of this, are the standards that a President casts upon the nation and it’s youth. Perceptions created from his own actions, his own words, or in his particular case, tweets.
A man who now must be held to some level of accountability. Now, we too must be held accountable.