The Recently released computer game called “FarCry” surprised me with a replica from one of the characters: “Why, that redheaded idiot that the Russians slipped us, – is he still the president?” I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the quote, but the meaning was such.
So, even computer games have now joined in the political battle in America.
I do not know if the Russians had helped Trump become the president. But suppose that yes, they helped. And suppose that it was Russian support that gave Trump that little advantage which allowed him to win the election.
Does this mean that if it were not for the Russians, Trump would not have become president?
Personally, I’m sure that he would have done so anyway. And here’s why.
The previous president was black. The Americans chose him, because America wanted change. Change that the establishment could not bring it. Something was wrong in America, and the Americans could feel it.
Alas, the Americans observed that Obama was unusual only in the field of skin color. In all other respects he was very standard. He either did not understand the need for change, or did not dare to undertake it.
Thus, in the new elections, two non-standard candidates again came into the final. Hilary Clinton could become the first woman president. And, well, Trump was also obviously non-standard.
Hilary had every chance. But she was too-too-too-standard. This, in fact, decided the outcome of the elections. The Americans understood – or rather felt – that, once more, like it had been with Obama, Hilary was different only in external features. There it had been skin color, here it was gender. This isn’t enough.
While Trump promised change. It’s unclear what kind of change. So it was a risk. But choosing between the risky decision and the lack of change, the Americans chose risk.
And Russian support – if it had been present – just played the role of an instrument. If it were not for the Russians, there would have been something else that would have allowed Trump to win the election.
We can say that the Russians helped Trump (if they actually had) with the consent of the Americans.
When society is ripe for change, the change will come. Either through reform, – the milder option, or (if no reforms are made) through shock, – the hard option.
It’s the same on the smaller scale, i.e. in our personal lives. When we are ripe for change, we have only two ways to go. Voluntary change – or (if that does not happen) – life will kick us in the ass, providing the necessary acceleration.
What will happen next? The request for change remains. Trump promises change – but is it the right type of change? And can he deliver?
And what will happen in our lives? The request for change also remains, there is always a request for change. What changes do we need? And do we have the courage and strength of spirit to pursue them?