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This morning we woke up to a snow storm, and the outcome of the metaphorical storm that was the 2016 US presidential election.

Trump is now the president of the United States of America.

Everything about Donald Trump disgusts me. His behavior disgust me, his looks disgust me, his values disgust me, and especially the words that come out of his mouth disgust me. But there is a view that some of his supporters are communicating that I understand, and even agree on. It is the fact that there are problems with our so called democratic system.

When “democracy” consists of giving people one chance every 4 years to vote on one of only two candidates, none of whom they trust, is it surprising that they use that chance to shout loud? To protest? To revolt? In that sense, today’s election result is not that surprising.

When was the last time you felt that your voice was really heard and that you in a simple and efficient way were able to contribute to political projects and decisions on subjects that matter to you?

It’s not just utopia, it can be reality. But then we have to change the way politics work, starting with developing tools and structures that let people have their say and be listened to, and that let them be involved in finding solutions to problems in society that affect them.

 

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