I have spent the last few days since the election trying to figure out what the hell is going on and more importantly, WHY it’s happening.
It would seem impossible that so many more people who have a gullible sensibility and are easily susceptible to marketing ploys and hate mongering and wallowing in resentment and anger would OUT VOTE the intelligent, passionate, caring, inclusive, accepting, unity voters. Yet, here we are.
There is little solace in the fact that only 47% of eligible voters did their duty, but of the more than half who did, we had our votes diverted due to the rules of the antiquated Electoral College which elected TRUMP. Berating him is pointless and it’s clear that pointing out WHO this guy is and what he stands for does nothing to his supporters who blindly give him a pass for any and all indiscretions, insults, lies and unlawful activity.
So now what?
I honestly believe that the only thing that this horrendous event will do that is worth anything, is to UNIFY the rest of us. And who are WE? We are minorities and whites, women men and children, we come from varied and wonderful backgrounds and cultures and religions. We allow everyone to love who the love, we believe in science because, well, it’s SCIENCE, we are thoughtful of others without exception to their race or religious beliefs, we are a family, we are a community.
When we look at the majority of his supporters, they are devoid of many of these qualities and the ALT-RIGHT has done their job well. They have been spinning their anger and resentment for decades and the suppressed are desperate enough to believe anything if it FEELS relatable. I don’t hear of these folks doing much to build UP, we hear only of divide and division, of complaints and not pragmatic long-term ends to poverty, hunger, or working towards increasing education for better opportunities.
So they live in their bubble and we live in our, only theirs GREW while we were busy focused on education, equality, justice, science and protecting the Earth and it’s inhabitants… They had the opportunity to join us, but chose not to. And now, as they try to rip apart our country with continued hateful speech and separatism, we see peaceful marches with seas of peoples who look like… AMERICA. All shades, shapes, religions, sexualities, education and economic levels. And that’s important. When we bond, then the issues between various ethnicities diminish, when a group of people surround a young Muslim who is praying, that IS America. When a Mexican American and Black American link arms and march together, that IS America. When transgender rights protected, that IS America. When our land is protected, that IS America. When women’s rights are protected, that IS America.
So for the moment, I will be grateful that we are uniting. It’s sad that we have to come together because of fear from the Alt-Right and the Trump believers who want for themselves and their own – but that is where we are, so now we must reintroduce ourselves to the world and SHOW them who America really IS.
Time to get to work.