Editor's Note: This article is Part Three of a three-part series of Jesus Radicals contributors responding to the 2016 election. Part One, "White Supremacy: Insecurity with Lethal Consequences" and Part Two, "Can You Hear Us Now?"
In the next four years we will learn the difference between electing a recurring problem and electing an original threat.
Hillary Clinton as President would have been enormously problematic. I was not a fan. I supported Bernie Sanders - the first time I’ve supported a traditional party candidate since Jesse Jackson’s 1988 campaign. Was Sanders that much better than Clinton? No and yes. Sanders was just as tone deaf on race and Palestine as Clinton; but he brought some distinctive strengths and a message that might (just might) have defeated he-who-shall-not-be-named.
It has been an election of Independents running in traditional parties. One did remarkably well and barely lost to an establishment Democrat. The other Independent defeated every traditional Republican challenger and to everyone’s astonishment including his own ascended to the White House. Both traditional parties are left in confusion.
We have elected a threat and not just a traditional threat. Yes, racism is as old as Jamestown. True, racists have been in the White House before. But the combination of blatant white supremacy with one party rule, control of the Supreme Court, and the power of contemporary surveillance and weaponry poses a nightmare scenario previously unknown. We are in deep shit.