It’s Not You, It’s Trump
In it he recounts numerous stories showing up in various, primarily left-leaning, press outlets about how people are having severe mental and emotional trouble coping with the results of the election just past. One story Taranto shares is about a woman who decides she can no longer carry on a dating relationship she is in due to her angst at the outcome of the election. The title of the newsletter is Taranto’s quip to summarize the story. One’s initial reaction to these stories is to laugh.
But Taranto’s title is far deeper than I think even he suspects and I soon found myself quite melancholy. All the stories he tells, the stories I know personally, and the countless other stories that are simply not public are indicative of something very wrong in our nation. Should we not as individuals be sufficiently strong emotionally and mentally to withstand such blows without need to act out in any of the fashions Taranto describes? I think that in our efforts of the last several decades to “help people feel good about themselves” we have made them so dependent on outside stimulus for that affirmation that when it is withdrawn these reactions are actually quite natural. Does not “It’s not you, it’s Trump” perfectly summarize such a thing. No longer are we responsible for our well-being – mental, emotional or physical. Moreover it is not our friends and family that are responsible for our sense of well-being – it is the government. Let that sink in – it is both frightening and saddening. Continue Reading