Who to blame ...
Watching the reaction to the 2016 Presidential Elections ... I am hopeful that the protests are a sign of an awakening to the reality of the responsibilities each of us has to our country and the government we create and support with our votes and more importantly with our apathy.
That said, I find myself sadly disappointed in the realization of my expectations for the kind of senseless rioting that is taking place in some areas. Not the peaceful protests ... but the rioting. The deliberate negative impact of the actions of a few "ill prepared for life people" ... on the rest of us. The burning and smashing and absolute hate filled actions of a few. These folks need help. Somehow they have "grown up" without the tools to deal with reality. Somehow these people reached an age where we would expect them to solve problems intelligently ... but instead they can only fumble around with desperate acts that will make no difference to the reality of the situation and in fact only serve to distract from the value of the real protests and subvert attention from the real issues.
If you are looking for someone to blame about the election results ... you are wasting time and energy in the wrong area. We already know who to blame ... it is us. WE THE PEOPLE. Always has been, and hopefully it always will be. We elect our government, they are supposed to represent us and so our actions and/or inactions allow to do that in a manner that we manage.
If you are looking for someone to blame ... I think you are off track and have gotten caught up in the emotions of a single event. A minor event in the much bigger picture of our country ... but more importantly ... of our individual lives.
Instead of looking to blame ... it is perhaps time to stop dreaming during the night and start dreaming while awake. Dream with a healthy dose of reality. Dream after you have woken up and realized that you potentially have lost touch with the reality that is the United States of America.
There are almost 320 million people in the United States. 43.1 Million of them are living in poverty according to the Census.gov report http://www.census.gov/library/publications/2016/demo/p60-256.html Do the research and you will find that poverty is defined such that a household of 4 people, two adults and two children making $25,000 per year is NOT considered living in poverty.
There are almost 320 million people in the United States and 52.2 Million of them receive public assistance according to the census.gov report http://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2015/cb15-97.html Do your research and see how many of them work full time jobs that pay them too little to actually exist.
There are almost 320 million people in the United States and recent reports say that 66 Million of them have ZERO dollars in savings. 66 Million people living paycheck to paycheck. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/making-sense/can-you-guess-how-many-americans-have-absolutely-no-savings-at-all/
Are you aware of these statistics? Are you part of them? (There are many more reports just as harrowing and dismal about your fellow human beings living here in the "greatest" country in the world?) If you are ... I am guessing you are not one of the people burning and smashing and spewing hate over the election results. No. You have already had plenty of everyday real reasons to succumb to mindless acts that do nothing. You understand the pain and fear and loss of hope of those who are suffering in silence every single day. And have instead focused on taking care of yourself and your family while working for change that is focused on the future. You realize this Presidential election is not to blame ... and it is not going to solve the problem. You know ... YOU ARE ... and hope WE ARE going to start working together to change things.
So ... for those of you who find themselves facing a reality that you just cannot comprehend ... start by looking around at the rest of the country ... and the world too. Make sure you understand the people around you. And remember only 46% of the worlds population is on the internet and that here in the United States about 47 million people are not on the internet. So make sure you look beyond the digital world in forming your ideas of reality ... because it seems you are confused and saddened and angry at the reality you did not take the time to research and see.
And for those of you responding to the election results by looking for someone to blame I would tell you to quit wasting time and get busy ... the problem is you and me ... the problem is WE THE PEOPLE. The beautiful thing though is that the solution is also you and me, also WE THE PEOPLE. And I know we are more than capable of any challenge thrown at us ... once we get busy working the problem instead of figuring out who to blame.