November 9th 2016
I’m speechless but I must write.
Last night, Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States of America. Did I ever think I was actually going to write that? Absolutely not. But this is the reality we’re all living with now.
I’ve been extremely active on Facebook as all of my friends can see. Sorry for spamming your Facebook feeds, but I refuse to stay quiet.
I’m not going to lash out on the Trump or Third Party voters. They are people just like me, and you and everyone else. They have feelings, thoughts and opinions too. They have the right to vote and put it into action in the best way they see fit.
I will not ask the Trump supporters or whatever to unfriend, unfollow or block me, or for them not to talk to me anymore. I don’t mind differences of opinion, but I do mind hate. If you hate your fellow human, I urge you, I plead and beg of you to remove yourself from my life. I agree with Anne Frank when she said “in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” But if you dare say another human being is not worth life on this earth simply because they are African-American, Hispanic-American, part of the LGBTQ+ Community, a woman, Muslim, Islamic, Mexican, an Immigrant (legal or not)… I do not consider you to be a friend. I will not acknowledge you. Case closed.
The hatred that has been shown in the past twenty four hours is absolutely repulsive and shameful. I’m still in shock and almost disbelief.
For those of you who may not know, Roosevelt University is a social justice school. There’s even a major just devoted to Social Justice. My school was practically silent today. Most of the people in my freshman class for CCPA were in tears. Several of my friends are fearing the well being of their loved ones, the people around them and fearing their own lives at eighteen or nineteen years of age. What have we become, America?
I was raised in a good home, one that taught me to love my fellow man, as I would hope to imagine others were too. I was taught you can disagree and maybe not like someone, but you always show love. You show forgiveness and compassion. Not hatred. I was taught to reach out and befriend people, especially if they were different from me. Who cares about the color of a persons skin, or their sexual preference or whatever? You shouldn’t because they’re humans too.
With that in mind, am I scared? Absolutely, I’m terrified of the risk our country is at right now. I’m scared for what this election entails for me as a woman. I can’t begin to imagine the fears of African or Hispanic Americans or the LGBTQ+ Community. The list goes on. I worry about the well beings of my friends and coworkers and peers at school, and at home and in the world that don’t fall into the heterosexual, Caucasian, male population.
I’m not going to deny the fears that are completely legitimate with this new president, this fear should be used as a call to action. Rather than sitting stunned in front of our TV screens as we watch the Cheeto Man get sworn into office January 20th, speak out, stand up and fight back. Refuse to stay silent. Scream out against injustice. Be there for your friends of color. Support the LGBTQ+ community. Ask what you can do to help. If you aren’t scared for your well being, stand up for other’s. If you hold a societal, economic, etc. privilege, use it to do good and help minorities. People have to have each other’s backs.
I beg of you to create something from this. We’re stronger together. Find positivity. Measure your life in love. Hold hands with your fellow human and rejoice in the fact that you are alive and have a voice and you can make a difference.
Be good people.
Morning After To-Do List:
1. Take over the Democratic Party and return it to the people. They have failed us miserably.
2. Fire all pundits, predictors, pollsters and anyone else in the media who had a narrative they wouldn’t let go of and refused to listen to or acknowledge what was really going on. Those same bloviators will now tell us we must “heal the divide” and “come together.” They will pull more hooey like that out of their ass in the days to come. Turn them off.
3. Any Democratic member of Congress who didn’t wake up this morning ready to fight, resist and obstruct in the way Republicans did against President Obama every day for eight full years must step out of the way and let those of us who know the score lead the way in stopping the meanness and the madness that’s about to begin.
4. Everyone must stop saying they are “stunned” and “shocked”. What you mean to say is that you were in a bubble and weren’t paying attention to your fellow Americans and their despair. YEARS of being neglected by both parties, the anger and the need for revenge against the system only grew. Along came a TV star they liked whose plan was to destroy both parties and tell them all “You’re fired!” Trump’s victory is no surprise. He was never a joke. Treating him as one only strengthened him. He is both a creature and a creation of the media and the media will never own that.
5. You must say this sentence to everyone you meet today: “HILLARY CLINTON WON THE POPULAR VOTE!” The MAJORITY of our fellow Americans preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Period. Fact. If you woke up this morning thinking you live in an effed-up country, you don’t. The majority of your fellow Americans wanted Hillary, not Trump. The only reason he’s president is because of an arcane, insane 18th-century idea called the Electoral College. Until we change that, we’ll continue to have presidents we didn’t elect and didn’t want. You live in a country where a majority of its citizens have said they believe there’s climate change, they believe women should be paid the same as men, they want a debt-free college education, they don’t want us invading countries, they want a raise in the minimum wage and they want a single-payer true universal health care system. None of that has changed. We live in a country where the majority agree with the “liberal” position. We just lack the liberal leadership to make that happen (see: #1 above).
Let’s try to get this all done by noon today.
— Michael Moore
Singing the song of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!”
– Les Miserables