**Note: As I said before, I will continue to talk about what's going on in our country. I have so much to say and honestly am having trouble bringing everything together into coherent thoughts and posts. This is not going to become a "politics" blog but it is something I care deeply about, so I will be talking about it from time to time. Writing about it helps my process everything, and talking about it makes us understand each other better.**
The results of last week's election has me down. Like, really down in a way I didn't anticipate.
I am not surprised Hillary lost. I was never convinced she was going to win... not because I doubted her ability but because I rarely let myself get too excited about anything because I fear being disappointed.
What I am surprised about is how bad a Trump win has made me feel. I knew I would feel bad if it happened, I just didn't know I would feel like I was mourning a death. The only time I felt the feelings I felt this past week was when someone close to me has actually died. Some of you probably think that is overly dramatic and some of you probably know exactly how I feel. It's all good.
The reason I feel this way is because I deeply care for our country and the people in it. I care about the safety and rights of every American. Sometimes I wish I didn't care. It would be easy not to care... then I wouldn't feel any pain. But no, we must care.
George Takei wrote a piece, and I found this paragraph relevant to how I am feeling:
"We are upset because we love our family and friends but can’t understand how some of them voted as they did. But there again, only those truly close to us can cause us so much pain. These painful feelings, once examined, stem not from a place of darkness, but rather from a place of hope. It is precisely because we care so much that we mourn this loss so deeply. If we did not care about our country, our friends and family, our values, we could shrug our shoulders and simply move on. The fact that we do not speaks volume of our commitment, our principles and yes, our patriotism."
I haven't been sad for Hillary yet. My sadness is more toward the direction our country is now heading. I do feel compassion for Hillary, but deep down I know she will be fine. She is no doubt heartbroken over the results... but that woman is a fighter. She recently made her first public appearance since her concession speech and she spoke about how this election was bigger than her, and that's the way I see it too. That's why it's so hard.
That being said, the darkness I felt last week has been lifted a little. Last week, all I could think about was the election. It's still heavy on my mind, but there are times I don't think about it and things start to feel relatively normal.
But that concerns me. The normalization of Trump being president. This is not normal. He is not normal. We have to keep reminding ourselves this. It shouldn't be something that consumes us, but it needs to be talked about. I feel like at this point, a lot of people are immune to his outrageous language and ideas. We cannot become immune or complacent.
Let's not rehash his behavior on the campaign trail, and in the spirit of "give the guy a chance", let's instead take a look at some of his decisions and ideas he has made so far as president elect... these NOT NORMAL things.
1. He appointed white nationalist (which come on, is just a nice word for racist) Steve Bannon as senior adviser. (source)
2. The "blind trust" that will be running his business while he is president will be led by his three oldest children. (source)
3. He has expressed a desire to stay in the White House during the week but spend weekends at his apartment in NYC, Mar-a-Lago, or his NJ golf course. (source)
These things are NOT NORMAL. And I really don't think that is a partisan opinion. Call me out if you think it is.
(There are many sources for the three things I listed. I provided one source for each. I urge you to Google and find more sources if you are skeptical. And I urge you to be skeptical- I am a bat shit crazy liberal running blogger and you should verify anything I state as fact!)
I'm not sure how to wrap this up. I guess my three main points are:
1. Last week I felt horrible.
2. This week I feel a little more normal.
3. We need to keep talking and holding Donald Trump accountable for the decisions and ideas we disagree with... whether we voted for him or not!
4. This is NOT NORMAL.
Besides just talking, I plan on DOING! This is my first step. I am setting an alarm on my phone so that I am reminded to do this every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This Google Doc is very helpful and provides you with all the phone numbers you need! Will you do this with me???