I came on here to put down my thoughts about the election...
This morning we watched the SNL from last night, and it was very cathartic, especially the cold open. I came online and saw my friend Mel had written a post...and she mentions it beautifully.
Please click HERE to read her post and see the cold open.
I have a lot of thoughts about this election and its outcome. Some is conflicting, most of it mixed with sadness.
I had not realized how much I wanted a woman president. How proud I was to share that wonderful milestone with my daughter. The fact that not only the glass ceiling did not break, but a misogynist, whose agenda includes restricting women's rights won is a bit much. I put my daughter to bed on election night, telling her I would wake her up when Hillary won...bitter ashes.
I feel saddened that there are people who are so angry at not being heard, that they would let someone "tell it like it is" and tell them what they want to hear, including scapegoating minorities for their issues...the fact that racism and sexism were not only part of the agenda, the discussion, but that despite that, they voted for him.
I worry that progress that has been made, will be lost. Not only for women's rights, but also for other minorities.
So, how did this happen? Why did we not realize this would happen? I feel betrayed by the Democratic party and the process. I voted for Bernie in the primaries...and I am not one of those that feels like Hillary stole the nomination from him...I think that was purely political maneuvering and that she won the nomination. However, she was the "establishment" choice. I was so hoping she was going to pick Bernie or another woman to be her running mate. Instead, she picked a safer, more traditional choice. Even then, I slowly worked it through...I was fine with it, I figured, okay, so they are being the Democrats...being safe and taking the higher ground...figuring, like we all did, that he would pretty much cause self-inflicted harm.
Which, he did....but, as he said...and he was right...it did not matter what he did. The people who voted for him were angry, were disenfranchised and would not listen or care...because he spoke to them and for them in the language that they wanted to hear.
This is the betrayal on all parts....no one is going to get what they really need or want--because no one was caring to listen...or at least understand...
This article made it pretty clear to me the why. I still do not fully agree with this population--as they have ideas based on half-truths, sexism and bigotry. But, it is good to understand why they are upset and how we should talk to them.
We are all betrayed and history tells us this is not going to be good.
So. I don't think I can easily forgive someone who voted for him. I can listen to why they did. I will try to understand that. But, unless they accept and condemn the overt and implicit racism, sexism and general hatred that their candidate has supported, I cannot forgive. I have friends and family who are scared. Who are worried about what will happen. History does not tell us this will end well.
I will be there for support. I will fight for the rights of the oppressed. I will make sure my voice is heard.
I will try to listen to others and try to reach out...and hope that perhaps, this will become a way that we will learn to be stronger together...
Here is a post from another fellow blogger. She posted links on ways to help others. Please click HERE.
Also, here is a helpful article about how to get involved.