As Obama gave his farewell speech, many across the political spectrum watched in nostalgia as the first black President of the United States bowed out, giving way to the...entity that is Donald Trump. Of course, 2008 to 2016 signified a period of time where the mistakes of the past were learned from: the US didn't intervene to devastating effect in foreign nations, Guantanamo Bay was closed, and the working class was allowed to flourish.
There's no silver bullet to this and neither Brexit nor Donald Trump will be able to reverse this trend completely. It remains to be seen if it can even be stymied in the slightest. For all the talk about immigration and outsourcing, there's little airtime devoted to mulling over the wave of automation that is about to engulf the developed world over the next decade.
There are several reasons this happened, but one has haunted me most: Hillary Clinton's leaked emails. Since the "scandal" broke, I've become terrified of hacking. This isn't because I may run for President myself (#SLH2020), but because the vulnerability of the Clinton campaign's email accounts bodes badly for the rest of us.
Is there any hope? For now, hope seems to lie in the work of those tireless advocates who in the absurdly mundane visitation room at Polunsky courageously play the roles of social worker, friend and champion in an increasingly unforgiving world. Most of all, hope lies behind the soundproof glass, where human beings, continue to endeavour at living a meaningful life ...
An economic crash, a global recession, minorities and immigrants are blamed, the people are divided, the right wing extremists get elected into power and then predictability, a war. If the world really wants a real change, a real difference, then at the moment we are most certainly running mindlessly in the wrong direction from it, with scissors in our hands.
Now, every one must stand by him. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have already admitted that. So, Trump must be supported by all with the condition that he will work hard to make society better and won't exploit his power for personal boast. If he succeeds, we would be able to confidently infer that his scopes were misinterpreted.
Manifestos and policy outlines don't just serve to offer detail about what will be done by an administration, they also offer some restrictions as to what won't be. Trump has a frighteningly unbounded mandate, arising from a lack of sustained interrogation of the basis for his pledges at every step of the campaign.
Once upon a time in the United States, political parties ruled the political landscape. They internally nominated candidates, mounted campaign operations, and were held collectively responsible for the successes and failures of government. In recent decades, however, the relevance of the traditional two-party system has steadily declined.
I had to take a deep breath last night when a work colleague of mine - a young, gay man - called me over on my break because he wanted to talk about Donald Trump. "Isn't it exciting?" he said, "Trump is something completely different, I'd probably have voted for him. He isn't a politician, he's something new."
So here I am, Mum, Dad. Witnessing something colossal on the world stage, in the week where we remember events we thought could never be repeated. For the first time in my life I believe that they genuinely could. And for the first time in my life I feel compelled to define who I am, and witness my friends doing the same.