All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others – George Orwell

Some people are mourning democracy this week. 

I say that’s a bit like mourning the Tooth Fairy. It was never there to begin with, not in the way we thought. It was just a story the “grown ups” told us to help us sleep at night. 

The truth is, no one’s in charge. Elected officials look out for big business, big business looks out for politicians who play ball to their liking, and the rest of us are on our own. 

Politicians, even the “good” ones, don’t represent us. They can’t possibly speak for a middle class family struggling to make ends meet because they’ve never lived that life. None of their friends have ever lived that life. The “middle class” is an abstract concept, a faceless sea of people who don’t particularly matter, to be pandered to and thrown a bone from time to time when they get too agitated.

But don’t cry because Trump won. Be glad that the curtain has finally been pulled back and we can all finally see the system for what it really is: rigged. 

It’s time to stop accepting a wolf in sheep’s clothing just because he or she is “accessible.” 

It’s time to stop turning a blind eye just because I specifically am not the one being fucked over right now. 

It’s time to stop accepting an inadequate job from our leaders just because they “aren’t screwing anything up too badly.”

It’s time to start holding these people accountable. 

You have a voice. Tell them what you want.