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...............
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