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Ten good things that came out of Trump

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Uncovered our society's symptoms: Trump successfully identified, galvanized and organized the inherent hate in our communities, the shallow and demeaning things that can motivate people and their cliquish way of thinking. The diagnostician has done his job identifying the problem; now it's up to the doctors to treat it. (Thought-processes and not people are the symptoms.)

Has uncovered the limitations of the presidential office: The spillovers of Bush, the hopeful eloquence of Obama and the miserable Trump campaign all seem to teach the same message -- there is only so much a President can do. The national political rhetoric reflects that more attention needs to be diverted to local and state governance. Trump would do far more damage to America than Obama could do good, but there is much that can be done locally even if he was elected. Through both hope and hopelessness, we realize the limitations of the presidential office.

This will also pass: The next Trump won't be so lucky. He will not garner the same attention or shock as the current one. When you have experienced a hurricane, you know how to handle the next one. Sometimes, the presence of negativity, even when undesirable, brings with it the advantage of familiarity and workable responses to the next one.

Now whom to vote for? I am neither Democrat nor Republican, nor do I dislike either party. I am a legal immigrant, not even a citizen yet. I see that the average American voter, in many ways, is a tribal one. People's political affiliations are not always based on ideological points but on their ethnicities and those whom they grew up and associate with. If social connection is the central feature that informs your vote, what is the point in raising ideological discussions? Yes, there are many who will go outside of their social comfort zone and vote for a candidate whom they think are overall suitable despite their specific disagreements, but such complex thinking is not affordable to all. To shed light on our thought processes and make sense of some layers of craziness in this election is this article's purpose. I won't vote, because I can't, but it doesn't mean you can't either!

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I am Yasir, a counselor and a writer. I am also a Muslim by faith which brings with it its own flavor when interacting with mainstream society. I write on topics of religion, mental health and social issues. I am from PA and enjoy speaking and (more...)

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