Thursday, November 10, 2016

Now what

Wow. Like 48% of the electorate, I'm in mourning. Morning for what could have been. Mourning for what should have been.

I'm also frightened. I'm frightened at the depth of the chasm that divides our country and that led 47% of the electorate to choose a man who made it clear throughout the election that he does not share the values on which this great country is based. He does not understand or believe in the rule of law. He believes he personally is above the law because he is rich and famous. Nothing he said in speeches or debates suggest even the most fundamental understanding of the constitution or the balance of powers.

I'm frightened because he openly incites hatred and violence against people like me and people I love: women, Muslims, Mexicans, LGBTQ, and anyone that challenges him, speaks their mind , and disagrees with him. I'm frightened that he is so easily provoked and lashes out, unable to engage in a rational discussion of differences.

I'm frightened because my country has just elected someone whose words and actions have more in common with Saddam Hussein and other dictators then they do with any of the leaders of the Free World.

I'm in mourning, but I'm also inspired by a few things that friends shared yesterday in the immediate aftermath of the election:

Jeff, quoting Gandhi: Whenever I despair, I remember that the way of truth and love has always won. There may be tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they may seem invincible, but in the end, they always fail. Think of it: always.

and Marjorie:
I know the election results are only reinforcing polarizations around race and to some extent gender. I think it's just really important to remember that Donald Drumpf does NOT represent the real interests of white working class men, blue collar workers, people in the Heartlands, or the everyday man or woman of any color. Nor do racism and sexism and hateful splittings of the national psyche offer any way for us to be "great," even if many people have been duped into believing that. Our education system and media system and human psyche have failed us. We have created a monster that is eating itself. 

But we have to find the openings. Go through the stages of grief, and then find a way forward, to something truly transformative. Not just a reaction, but something that truly takes us beyond to something that does not yet exist, but that could.

Thank you, Jeff and Marjorie, for giving me hope and helping me see the way forward.

I will not leave unless I'm driven out. I'll stand my ground and work for change.

We shall overcome.