Blame “Election Trauma” On The Last 8 Years


Michael McGrady Director of McGrady Policy Research
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A little over a week ago, President-Elect Donald Trump ascended to victory. As we have seen, millions have experienced “traumatic” experiences witnessing the results and the slow realization that they are going to have to deal with the billionaire turned politician for the next 4 years.

How do we navigate the post-election environment of emotionally fueled millennials balling their eyes out in their safe spaces? For one, the most obvious answer would be to spark a movement to have hard dialogues and actually challenge people who feel threatened by Trump. That is the simple answer, though.

Understanding the origin of “election trauma” can be rooted back to social and governmental prowess of the Obama Administration, beginning with the rise of liberal kneejerk reactions that dawned at the end of President Bush’s tenure.

In the 2008 election, the United States voters were done with neoconservative policies of the Bush White House. Obama came out onto the scene as the young, lively U.S. Senator from Illinois that sought to bring “change” and “hope” for the country. Several in the punditry attributed Obama’s victory to the Great Recession and the downward spiral of the economy. However, people that know better can point out that Obama’s economic policies at the time yielded the worst recovery from a recession overseen by any other President since the Great Depression.

Bush was no angel. When Obama inherited the White House, Bush was at an all time low in popularity and several, including minorities and young people, wanted his head. Ergo, the natural reaction to an unpopular president and political party would be to replace them in the General Election after the term limits for the presidency kick in.

That very thing happened, thus, prompting the beginning of Obama’s reign which saw an ever growing narrative of dominant political correctness take hold. Government began allowing individuals, especially young people, to be complacent to ideas that triggered them. In other words, government has allowed the political correctness regime to grow to levels insurmountable to some people from a little more than decade ago. Like government, parents followed in fostering an environment for their children sheltered to reality, by almost all standards. These children grew older and entered the public education system where they were taught progressive curriculum like Common Core by teachers who, like their parents, sheltered these children from any real challenges.

A mentality was created: one where people were rewarded for just participating and not exerting any major mental capacity or action. These students soon entered higher education where the spoon feeding of sheltered, limited progressive education continued to the nth degree.

Through this, under Obama’s political correctness regime, microcosms grew at the local and campus levels that created safe spaces, a trigger sensitive environment, and lackluster understanding of opposing ideas and ideology. Many, since a young age, were programmed to mentally shut down at any foreign ideas and quickly cast them off as heresy.

The birthing of movements like social justice, environmental justice, gender neutrality and sensitivity came from this too. The precipitate of cultural diversity was also castigated as a phenomenon that favored the select few over the many. A general will has arisen in the society that limited acceptance of minority ideology.

Where the election comes into play, Trump was the epitome of outsider, political incorrectness that triggered a mass hysteria that attributed him as one thing: a bigot. However, the victory for Trump serves as a testament that political correctness is no longer relevant and people reacted, dramatically. Despite this, the ultimate reason why people are suffering “election trauma” is because the electorate imploded on itself. Many agents of political correctness, initially, saw through its facade and moved towards understanding other viewpoints.

The fall of Hillary Clinton, nevertheless, is also a testament to the voters denying the epitome of corruption, derived from the agendas, including the political correctness narrative, set forth by eight years of corrupt, unconstitutional executive overreach and judicial legislating and social activism.

Election trauma was caused by the left, leading blind subjects to their demise.