Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Politics of Hate

Today as I write, tens of thousands of demonstrators are in towns all over the country expressing frustration and fear. The Internet and social media abound with comments from those who are upset, fearful, and unsure. They include me. Now, some of my fellow bloggers and readers who voted for the Republican ticket would like to just write this off as sour grapes and leave it. We're mad, but we'll get over it.  To you friends, I say NO.  This has nothing to do with being poor losers. On the contrary, it has to do with fear, pure and simple.

Now, don't get me wrong. I certainly do not think that everyone who voted for Mr Trump and Mr Pence are filled with hate.  Many did so simply to stick a finger in the eye of the establishment, not even sure that he would win. Others voted for the Republican ticket because of conservative evangelism.  But let's be clear, there were a whole lot of folks who voted for Mr Trump because they cared more about US than THEM.  I keep HEARING that he is good for all Americans, but frankly words and actions show me something hugely different.

Do I think friends, family members and aquaintances are bigoted, homophobic, misogynist, or xenophobic or racist?  Of course not.  Do I think that Republicans knew that Trump was all those things and still voted for him? Absolutely.  It's impossible to miss.

So, to  those Republican voter friends who say that using the word hate is unfair, my answer is simple. Show me.

For the first time in a very long time, you have both a congress and a senate and a President.  I have been hearing for years and years about how conservatives actually care about people more than liberals...I could go on and on.  This is your chance, both as a party and as individuals, to prove me (and us) wrong. Show me that you really are the best party for Hispanics, blacks and women, and that we just don't know it. For example:

What will you tell the friend who has degenerative disease and was not insurable, and who without insurance cannot afford to treat the pain, never mind the disease. Will you tell her tough luck, or will encourage your representative to have an alternative in place BEFORE repealing what is current? What will you tell the young woman whose mother texted her this morning and told her not to wear her hijab because she didn't want her to get beat up?

How will you protect my young transgendered nephew from harassment?  Will you let him find the kind of love and caring arrangement that most of us have, or will you write him off as an "aberration".  If your husband agrees when someone cause your daughter a lovely piece of ass, do you laugh or do you kick his rear out of the house for good? And when the KKK holds a victory parade for the Donald tomorrow will you be appalled?  Or will you write it off as boys will be boys. My daughter has catastrophic insurance. The only place in driving distance is Planned Parenthood-where she is treated for teen onset endometriosis, has her annual pap exam and has her boobs checked. Without planned parenthood she could not afford that.  Will you tell all those poor women in places like Texas that life is too bad?  Or will you find other ways to deal with the abortion controversy without making poor women pay the price?

You've been tasked with the job, hell no, the responsibility of caring for all Americans since you have won such  a massive election.  Are you up to it?  Frankly right now, with Donald Trump as the standard bearer, I would not be too sure. For months and years, people have been telling me that Mr Trump is what is best for all Americans.  I'm sorry folks, but my eyes and ears tell me otherwise. I have seen women mocked and abused. I have seen handicapped people both tormented and removed from rallies. I've seen a man who is  hesitant to apologize, compromise in any way, or admit wrong.

So to all you folks celebrating today, I say again. This is your chance to show that you can be inclusive, caring and make life better for all of us, not just a select few.  Personally, I think that in a year Trump will be the second worst president (after Taft, no one can be worse than Taft).  But believe me, I'm more than happy to be shown the error of my ways.

Until then, I'm going to be one of those people both standing up and counting and being counted.  I'm going to become a supporter financially of Planned Parenthood.  As a part of my church, I'm going to be involved in putting a small house village for the homeless in my church parking lot. I'm going to be writing to my (Democratic and Republican) representatives on issues. And most importantly, I am not ever going to be quiet when someone is insulted, hurt or marginalized, in person or in print.

So enjoy your celebrations today.  Just remember that many of us are not just disappointed, we are fearful. For ourselves, and for others. Fearful because the campaign gave us good reason to be.  So while you are having a party to day, do me a favor.  Turn around to your gay and lesbian, black and Hispanic and Muslim neighbors and friends as well as the women in your life.  Let them know that you don't think like (or talk like) Trump. Let them know they are valued.

Show your fellow Americans and the world at large, that rather than voting in hate and fear, rather than going low, we can go high. Show us that we did NOT actually go back more than fifty years in equality and caring. Because right now?  I gotta tell ya, it sure feels like it.

And last but not least, consider this.  Trump loves Putin. Trump thinks he and Putin should be good friends. Trump thinks he knows more about Isis than any general alive and that the best American generals are idiots.  Trump is now the Commander in Chief of the military. He also has the keys, the nukes and the football.  How does that make you feel. Really?  You don't have to say it out loud, just think about it and let it stew awhile...............



21 comments:

  1. Wonderful. I hope people listen.

    God bless.

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  2. Thank you! I too am afraid I will lose my health insurance (two-time cancer survivor). And I am afraid for my country and the world.
    I was planning to write my representatives although my sister said no one would read my comments. Thanks for your other suggestions. It makes me feel less helpless. Joan in Michigan

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  3. Agree. Very worried for my extended family, my health, all of my friends & family. I would love to be proved wrong, but in the meantime, I will continue to work to support all of my brothers & sisters out there, regardless of their race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

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  4. Very well said. it's all things I couldn't put together and you did. Thank you!!

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  5. Thank you for these words. I too am sending money to Planned Parenthood. Good suggestions.

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  6. Beautiful!!! 80% of my daughters' friends fit in to the group Trump has displayed hate for. Muslim, Hispanic, LGBTQ+, women. This election had the same impact on me as 9/11. It is surreal!

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  7. Thank you, Barbara. Our three daughters are very frightened, both as young women and as POC. They know that "American" is not what people first think when they see them, rather "Asian," immigrant," "outsider." As you said, show me.

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  8. Decades of rights,down the tubes. I see the clock being turned back for women, people of color, LGBT community and so many others.I may lose our health insurance. I don't respect this man and will never consider him my President,American is too great for him. Am fearful for our future, my own and my nation's.

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    1. Madeline, my next post is going to be about what we can do in the face of this.

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  9. I just cannot bear the thought of all the people who are going to lose health coverage. And then they will start in on privatization of Social Security and Medicare. What a disaster.

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  10. Thank you for standing up. We will be strong. As a woman who spent my entire career working for people with disabilities and who have had significant life challenges, I am sad for our country. I believe there is a core of people like us who can still make a difference and we will be strong. Thank you for all you do and thank you for your blog.

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  11. Well said! I agree with all of your points and fear for so many of us. It's beyond discouraging. And I also fear that a year in we will be seeing some scary things. I hope he can get through his term without a tantrum that involves the nuclear codes.
    --Hope

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  12. Bless you - you have verbalized all that I have been feeling and more. We are in deep trouble. All of us who oppose hatred must stand up and be counted on to help the targets of the hatred and prevent the new administration from dismantling all the progress made by President Obama and other allies who value women's health, respect for all people, freedom of speech, voting rights, and other principles we believe are American. We must donate to the organizations that support these principles and work hard for them in court, where many of the battles will be fought. And we must not lose hope. As Jesse Jackson has been saying for more than 20 years, Keep Hope Alive.
    --Dr Rin Porter

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  13. Much to think about. I highly recommend reading this commentary I became aware of just today. She's a prominent highly respected 49 year old Russian and American Journalist Masha Gessen who has had first hand experience living as a citizen of both countries:
    http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

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  14. Thank you for these words. I'm appalled at what is already happening with the unleashed hatred especially in school situations.

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  15. Thank you for these words. I'm appalled at what is already happening with the unleashed hatred especially in school situations.

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  16. I just found your blog today and found it very interesting until i read this post. I find it totally inappropriate for a retirement blog. You should stick to your subject and not project your policial opinions on reader how may have different opinions. I don't need you to preach to me. You are just as bad as the extremes of the Trump supporters. Good Bye.

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    1. Hi there dreamer. Thanks for stopping by. The thing is, this is my blog, first, so I get to decide what's appropriate. And second, Ihappen to believe our current political climate is of interest, or should be of interest to retirees. As always, people of opposing views are welcome to comment as long as they are civil. Because I care about equality, there will probably be more posts coming in the future. and there you have it.

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