Reap What We’ve Sown

By Austin B. Hahn

Why are people complaining about President Donald Trump? News reports, parodies on comedy television, posts on Instagram, retweets on Twitter, bla, bla, bla! The bitching is endless and has been non-stop in the media.

In the 2016 election, Trump received 46.1% of the popular vote, or 62,979,879 votes, and Hillary Clinton earned 48.2% or 65,844,954 votes totaling 128,824,833 votes for the two presidential candidates (“2016 election results”). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, population estimates on November 8th stood at 324,013,797. This data calls into question: out of the 196 million who did not participate in the 2016 election, how many were registered voters who did not turn in their ballots?

Irrespective of my political affiliation, I do not endorse Trump; however, I am amused by how many people can write their opinions on social media, but they won’t vote. Moreover, many people are worried now that he’s in office.

Why?

If his position of power is that much of a threat to you, then where were you people to give a fuck and vote when it mattered?

Sources

“2016 election results.” CNN. CNN, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

“U.S and World Population Clock.” United States Census Bureau. United States Census Bureau, n.d. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

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When Will We Care?

By Austin B. Hahn

I live in a country where talking about sex is more taboo than saying to someone, “I hate you.”

I live in a country where people pay more attention to Beyoncé than to their own government.

I live in a country where at-will employment is the norm, but its own people complain about corporate corruption.

I live in a country whose constitution affirms that “all men are created equal,” but I can still get fired in 29 states just for being gay (Short).

I live in a country where political correctness receives praise, but doing community service is assumed to be a court-mandated punishment.

I live in a country whose elected officials can get away with lying while holding a public office, but an ordinary citizen can go to jail for lying on a resume (Kreps).

I live in a country where people are more concerned about their bullshit moralism than women’s reproductive rights being taken away.

I live in a country whose people are obsessed with demographics, but they don’t seem to care about anyone’s motivations.

I live in a country where I constantly wonder when people will actually give a shit.

How many more will have to die or suffer before we start to care?

Sources

Kreps, Lauren. “The Legal Risks of Lying on Your Resume.” Shake. Shake. 25 Jun. 2015. Web. 17 May 2016. <http://www.lrc.ky.gov/statutes/statute.aspx?id=18882>

Short, Kevin. “The 29 States Where You Can Still Be Fired For Being Gay.”Huffington Post. Huffington Post. 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 17 May 2016.