On Wednesday, Netflix will release a long-awaited documentary that sounds like a must-see for anyone who’s sick and tired of Donald Trump and counting the days until November 3.
The documentary, entitled, Becoming, focuses on former First Lady Michelle Obama, The Daily Beast reports:
“The release of Becoming this Wednesday, centering around Michelle Obama’s event book tour and conversation series in support of her bestselling memoir, should garner its fair amount of curious eyeballs, whether from those craving the nostalgic solace of 90 minutes spent back in the world of the Obamas or those parsing it for messaging or criticism of the Trump administration and the current powder-keg cultural climate.”
Somewhat obscured by the overall focus of the documentary are remarks Mrs. Obama makes regarding what she sees as she travels the country and her observation that the negativity pouring out of the current president’s Twitter feed on a daily basis doesn’t match the “good” she sees in the American people:
“The energy out there is much better than what we see. I wish people didn’t feel badly because this country is good. People are good. People are decent.”
It pays to remember that the majority of the American electorate didn’t vote for Donald Trump. Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes, but the electoral math fell in Trump’s favor, making him president. It’s the way our current system works, and until the popular vote winner becomes the deciding factor (which it will one day), it’s what we have to endure.
But perhaps the most telling thing the former First Lady mentions in regard to the 2016 election is how many people stayed home, deciding not to exercise their right to cast a ballot. That’s a right men and women have given their lives for us to have:
“It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it. Because when you are the first black anything. So the day I left the White House and I write about how painful it was to sit on that [inauguration] stage. A lot of our folks didn’t vote. It was almost like a slap in the face.
“The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”
The way we turn the page on this painful chapter in our history is to vote. We outnumber the Trump voters, but if we don’t bother to take every election seriously — like it’s a matter of life and death; because it is! — we might just as well give up our citizenship and declare ourselves men and women without a country. If we fail to act, we may one day find out that we have indeed lost the nation we call our home.