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January 21, 2017 | 03:44pm

Trump becomes president today (or has already become president, or whatever).

Despite every single person on the Internet obsessing about it (I'm looking at you, Facebook), I've managed to be pretty successful at ignoring/avoiding it.

I do have a few things to say though.

1. Good luck, America. You're gonna need it.

2. Trump isn't stupid. He wouldn't be where he is if he wasn't very intelligent - or at the very least clever. He knows exactly what he is doing.

2.5. That being said, I would not be at all surprised if he is in the early throes of dementia. I am not joking.

3. Thus far, at any rate, I am extremely lucky that I live in a foreign country and - moreover - that I have the option, willingness, and desire to live abroad. America doesn't have to represent me anymore. I represent me. That's a very liberating feeling.

3.5. This is only possible until the US self-implodes and I am left with no options except. Alternatively, until the US destroys the Earth to such a point that there is no nowhere left to live.

4. I hope Americans decide to kick him and his nutjob brethren out of the White House and take back the government, but I doubt that'll happen. In an ideal America we'd remove the government all together and just vote on legislation. Or put all conservatives on a boat and watch it sink from the weight of their own egos. Can't have everything, I suppose.

5. Because it bears repeating: good luck, America.

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from: amandas2006
date: January 23, 2017 08:36pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's how I'm feel too about it. Good luck and don't screw up too much.. But the sad thing is, many policies Trump ends up getting through will have a worldwide impact (e.g. trade agreements, climate policies, or some stupid thing Trump says to really piss some other world leader off). Being an American citizen abroad at this point in time is sort of making me question my cultural identity. I've never really considered myself patriotic and now I've lived abroad for over 6 years straight and like 8 in total so I don't feel as connected with American society anymore. However, with that being said, I still vote so obviously I care about what is going on in the US. Now that shit is going down, I feel like I can't really do anything from here except sit back and hope nothing too bad happens. I can't go to protests or bother my congress people (except emails that probably won't be read)..

I don't really think Trump is that intelligent (I also wouldn't say he is totally stupid). He can't string two coherent sentences together and repeats himself a lot (or contradicts himself a couple sentences later). The adjective I would use to describe him is unscrupulous. He probably got where he is because he didn't care about the other people he was dealing with and went for the things that benefited him the most. And that's how things are probably going to continue..

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from: aodh
date: January 26, 2017 07:02am (UTC)

It's been less than a week and Trump already seems to be well on the way to royally screwing up everything relating to the US. I already have several friends who either loss funding or were laid due to the cancellation of grants relating to their fields. Ridiculous.

I totally agree, I don't necessarily feel comfortable to identify myself as American anymore, but what else can I do...?

I think the big thing concerning Trump/the current government is that this is where history will mark the official "end" of America, and the official rise of Asia. It's funny, Trump and the Republicans ran on the basis of wanting to keep America "great" - but we've only been great since World War I/II. That's not all that long in the scheme of things. This, combined with everything happening in Europe (Brexit/France's rise of conservatism) means I think we're going to see a complete, official shift in the world's power toward Asia.

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