The Oxford dictionary and the accredited media agree that the word of 2016 is “Post-Truth”, a term describing an era in which political campaigns are fought on the basis of emotions rather than cold, hard facts and policies. This was the essence of Trump’s campaign, which was characterized by emotional slogans like “Make America Great Again” and “Build The Wall”, designed to paint a vision for a stronger and safer America without any grounding in facts or reality. This stands in stark contrast to Obama’s fact-based “Hope And Change” campaign, and Hillary’s “Stronger Together” and “I’m With Her” campaigns, which were based on sound, fact-based policy plans with minimal emotional appeal.
This new political paradigm in large explains why Hillary lost. Unlike Trump, she ran a fact-based campaign with clear policy decisions such as firmly standing up to Russian aggression and creating good-paying jobs in the green energy sector. Her plan was approved by a variety of top economists, while Trump’s unrealistic tax plan was criticized by numerous economists for being dangerous and costly. The accredited media desperately tried to communicate the facts about Hillary’s qualifications and sound plan for America, and the fact that Trump basically didn’t have any policies, except for his vague tax plan, and various other emotionally charged points about the VA and immigration. The fact that Trump won despite this monumental media effort to educate the masses, just goes to show that facts simply don’t matter anymore.
Post-truth explains why politics is now a totally different ball game to the fact and reason based campaigns of the past. It’s now about who can shout the loudest and work their supporters up into the biggest hysterical frenzy. A big part of ending this ghastly era of post-truth will be banning fake news, which confuses people into distrusting the information they hear over the accredited media, even when it is fact-checked by independent institutions like Politifact. This will hopefully bring some sanity back to politics, which will allow qualified accredited political candidates to rise to power once again, and implement sensible fact-based policies such as standing up to Russian aggression, common-sense gun control, action to tackle climate change, sanctuary cities to help struggling undocumented Americans, and sensible internet regulations. The era of post-truth needs to come to an end, or America and the free world is well and truly lost.