On Tuesday things seemed full of hope and promise. I was enthusiastic and upbeat. We were about to elect our first female president in America. Finally, we could erase that smug and self-satisfied look off of Trump’s face. Instead I went to bed with just a glimmer of hope that the numbers could be wrong.
I woke up in a fog, feeling like someone had died. I woke up to the news that Donald Trump had enough electoral votes to put him in office. What so many of us viewed as a terrible joke was our new reality.
Karen, of The Unassuming Hiker said this:
Today we woke up to the realization that the following things are true:
- Bullies win
- Racism is alive and well in America
- Women don’t matter
- Black lives don’t matter
- There is no global warming (or science for that matter)
- The more outrageous you are, the better chance you have that the 24 hour news media will give you full coverage and help you get elected.
- And, the Donald was correct when he said “I could shoot someone on 5th Ave and still get elected.”
He won by promising to make “your” life better! The only life he is concerned with is his own.
You can read the rest of her post here.
All the “positive” spin says don’t give up hope. We have to work even harder. Stand up and protect those who have so much to lose. The list is long: Latinos, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, the disabled, the disenfranchised and women who make up over half of the population.
Maybe I’m not doing enough. I vote. I volunteer. I show up, stand up, give money, support causes, sign petitions but when I rolled out of bed this morning, our president-elect is the same guy we all saw on the Access Hollywood hot mic clip.
My 16-year-old son volunteered election night at the Registrar of Voters. He came home at midnight, sad and disappointed and vowed to wear black to school the following day. He left for school Wednesday morning dressed in black from head to toe. My older son, away at college, assured me he would be okay, but that he is “just not reading the news anymore.”
I need to grieve, regroup, and figure out my own “what now?” I hardly know where to start.