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November 10, 2016

“What the Fuck is Wrong With You?”

by Anne Paddock

Moby – the multi-talented artist (singer, songwriter, musician) that hails from New York wrote a letter to America the day after the US elections asking what the fuck is wrong with us for electing Trump president. Putting aside the fact that Clinton won the popular vote with an early estimate of 62.8 million votes (50.5%) compared to Trump with 61.5 million votes (49.5%) and that a presidential candidate only has to win 11 states (and not get a single vote in 39 states) to get 270 electoral votes to win the election, Moby makes some points.

Agree or disagree (and I’m not convinced Hillary’s only shortcoming is being on the receiving end of a right-wing smear campaign), Moby asks why we disregard evidence? Forget about accusations and claims…just consider the data that can be proven in peer-reviewed scientific studies or what can be seen on tape. We continually disregard the data that shows cigarettes kill; that eating the standard American diet is the number one cause of death and disability in the US; and that nearly 60 million people voted for a man who brags on camera about sexually assaulting women. Of course we can’t be single issue voters, but really what is it about Americans that we continue to do so many things that are detrimental to our health and the future of our country? The answer is complex but the evidence isn’t.

The letter reads:

american, why are you so afraid of evidence?

you smoke cigarettes,naively believing they won’t kill you. you eat garbage, believing it won’t make you sick and obese.
 and now you’ve elected donald trump.

‘christians’ and family-values voters have en masse helped elect a twice divorced man who openly brags about infidelity and committing sexual assault. 
30% of latinos have helped elect a man who has routinely maligned latinos and called mexicans ‘rapists’.
 45% of women have helped elect a man who brags about ‘grabbing women by the pussy’ and has called women ‘pigs’ & ‘slobs’.
 business-minded middle america has en masse helped elect a man who has led roughly half of his businesses to bankruptcy and lost
 close to a billion dollars in 1995 alone.
 and blue collar middle america has en masse helped elect a trust-fund baby who has, over-time, inherited over $600,000,000.00 from his father.

and in the process you’ve denied the presidency to an experienced and erudite woman whose only shortcoming is being on the receiving end
 of a 30 year right-wing smear campaign. 
as a life long progressive i’m supposed to be diplomatic and understanding, but america, what the fuck is wrong with you?
 but then i ask myself, very sadly, why am i surprised?
 this is the same america that eats at burger king and is baffled as to why it ends up obese and cancerous and dying. 
this is the same america who thinks that granting health care to 20,000,000 people is somehow treasonous.

and this is the america who has now elected a dim-witted, racist, misogynist.
 a dim-witted, racist, misogynist who has ruined businesses and has no policy proposals other than ‘build a wall’. 
i guess there will be some cold, bitter schadenfreude in spending the next 4 years watching middle america wake up to the fact
that donald trump is an incompetent con-man.

the rust belt jobs won’t come back. the wall won’t get built. and hillary won’t get locked up.

donald trump will be impeached, or end his presidency with single digit approval ratings.
and hopefully, somehow, america will finally wake up the fact that republicans are, simply, terrible. 
reagan and bush sr. and the republicans ruined the economy, bill clinton and the democrats fixed it. 
george w. bush and the republicans ruined the economy all over again, obama and the democrats fixed it. 
in some baffling, habitual masochism americans keep going back to what’s bad for them, whether it’s food or political parties.

and the climate will suffer. the inner cities will suffer. children will suffer. animals will suffer. gun deaths will continue to skyrocket.
 we will suffer. all because americans live in this delusional, upside down world wherein they’re unwilling to look at evidence.

but here are the facts: 
junk food makes you fat and kills you.
 cigarettes give you cancer.
and donald trump is a racist and a misogynist who has ruined countless businesses and will be the worst president our country has ever, ever seen.


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