This has been the freakiest, weirdest political season I’ve ever experienced both nationally and locally in Oklahoma, from the rise of the nationalistic Donald Trump to the gross fiscal mismanagement by Republicans dealing with our state budget.
Add to that the violence on the streets here in this country and around the world, and it gets too easy to wrap it all up under some sort of dystopian philosophy or end-of-the-world outlook. But that would be wrong. They’re simply different components in this drama, separated both by importance and substance.
Let’s take Trump, for example. I try not to write about national politics too much because as a proud progressive Oklahoman I don’t get much say in who becomes president of this country. The state’s conservative voters here do that by voting against their own interests because their conservative ministers tell them to do so. It has been a freaky political presidential race, for sure, but I’m betting Trump will win handily here . . . maybe? It’s really a time of uncertainty.
What has really struck me, however, is the rancor of SOME (note the all caps) of the supporters for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, a capable, intelligent person who lost to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the first woman to receive the nomination from a major political party.
To be clear, I’ve tried to stay neutral in the Sanders-Clinton wars on social media, but once the convention started and it was clear Hillary would get the nomination, I wandered into the fray, hoping to send a small message of unity and reconciliation. That was a mistake, I guess, because Wikileaks, which was founded by Julian Assange, an Australian who has ties to Russia and faces sexual assault charges in Sweden, has released emails—apparently obtained by Russian hackers—from the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that purportedly show the organization sided with Clinton in her presidential bid. The place names alone are enough to make one dizzy.
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