Last Saturday marked the milestone of the current administration’s first 100 days in office. I am reposting my first blog post entitled: Blindsided: Election 2016. It is just as raw and applicable for me today as the day I wrote it. It captures my disbelief, disappointment, and anger at my fellow Americans, the fragility of our democracy, and my own failure to persuade and inspire.
Before this last election, I hardly ever spoke about politics with anyone other than my husband and close friends and I certainly did not engage in much political posting on social media. But now, for the first time in my life, I can think of little else. I actually fear for our democracy and the future of our country.
I can honestly and unequivocally say that if Donald Trump had won the nomination of the Democratic Party, I would not have voted with my party. If any other candidate on the Republican roster had won the nomination and the presidency I might have been disappointed, but I would not be as concerned, horrified, and embarrassed for our country as I am today.
So, to those who hated Hillary Clinton more than you loved our country and cast your vote like you were playing craps instead of selecting a qualified leader of the free world — self-described “patriots” who love “your” country, worship the American flag and obsess over protocol during the Pledge of Allegiance, but who, apparently do not bat an eyelash at the current administration pissing all over the U.S. Constitution and the intentional deconstruction of our government — it is time to wake up and stand with your fellow Americans to save OUR country. Look, we all make mistakes. We all get it wrong sometimes. What matters now is recognizing the clear and present danger this president poses to our nation and working together to remove him from office before our country is damaged beyond recognition and repair.
Blindsided: Election 2016
The reason I am having so much trouble processing the results of the 2016 election is because I really didn’t think that Donald Trump was electable. I didn’t think it was possible for him to get anywhere near the White House due to his self-disqualifying statements and actions, not to mention his complete lack of qualifications and experience in governing. I didn’t believe the American people would or could ignore his lack of decency, his outrageous vulgarity, his sophomoric behavior, his dangerous rhetoric, and his ineptitude as a businessman, much less the prospect of his leadership of an entire nation. To me, the stakes were clearly defined. I thought that given the choice between possibly the most qualified candidate to ever run, who had a lifetime of service to her country (flaws and all), and Trump’s outlandish, reckless, and unpredictable behavior, the country would choose the safety and security of our nation and its citizens over partisan politics.
I was wrong.
I gave my fellow Americans WAY too much credit. You see, I didn’t realize that these “patriots” would rather burn the country down than support a democratic president. They’ve proved that – not just in this election, but in the two prior elections and the last 8 years of obstructionist politics, rather than actual governing. They checked reason at the door along with their values, and gave the presidency to a thoughtless, reactionary, inexperienced, narcissistic buffoon with a huge chip on his shoulder.
So, for those who voted for Trump:
Thanks for showing me how your “patriotism” works. I understand you better now: party over country, obstructionism over governance, and power over the people. I hear you. I see you. I have learned the lesson well and I will remember.
I see your “Christian values.” Thanks for showing me how you spread God’s love, albeit, apparently for “whites only.” Thanks for the lesson on forgiveness, which I have come to understand only works for Swaggart, senators with “wide bathroom stances”, and loud-mouthed rich dudes that grab pussy. It’s no wonder there is none left for any Democrat or a woman who deletes emails. I have come to realize that Trump’s lack of transparency and deleted emails are lumped in with Bush’s email scandal which were grandfathered in and are now covered under God’s grace. Lastly, dear Christians, thank you for freeing up the use of all foul language including the word “pussy.” I don’t ever want to hear another self-righteous gasp or objection to the use of profanity, as you have given up your right to be shocked and offended by supporting one of the most indecent (by any standard), vulgar, unscrupulous, profane candidates ever to run for the presidency of the United States of America.
I see your hypocrisy. No, actually, I smell it and the stench of it fills our nation. There seems to be a collective amnesia for most Trump voters. Trump supporters call for the acceptance of the President-Elect while they scorn protests and the burning of effigies, call such exercises of our First Amendment rights “unpatriotic” and “un-American” and falsely claim that President Obama was simply accepted and given a chance to lead. They seem to have forgotten all the denials, protests, nooses hanging from trees, effigies of Obama being burned, and unseemly behavior and comments during the last two election campaigns and the last 8 years of obstructionist politics against President Obama. It has slipped their collective mind that the GOP leadership is on record saying they wanted President Obama to fail and planned to block him on every hand – even before he got started.
Now it is 2016 and the Republican candidate (who, by the way, propelled and promoted the “birther” movement even after the election of President Obama), Donald Trump —this ridiculous excuse for a human being, much less, leader of the free world —is President-Elect and we should just accept it without objection? Can you even begin to comprehend how insulting that is? After all he has said and done, after all his demonstrations of ignorance of even the most basic workings of our government, after all the insults, after all the inciting of violence, after the endorsement of the Ku Klux Klan (THE KKK!) – and we’re just supposed to accept him as our leader, our representative to the world?
Candidate Obama ran his campaign on hope and change. He had experience in government. He served his community, his city, and his state. He offered real solutions to real problems. You may not have liked him or voted for him, but at least he was qualified to run and hold the office. Hillary Clinton ran on the idea that we are “stronger together” and like her or not, had real world experience in government and service to this country. The President-Elect ran an extremely divisive and hateful campaign that fanned the flames of fear, ignorance, and intolerance. He incited his crowds to violence, even offering to pay their legal fees. He ran a campaign that promised to bring back an America that never existed, except in the minds of those whose eyes glaze over as they look wistfully into the distance to some make-believe place where they feel a sense of peace and safety —a place, no, a delusional state that envisions a perfect time where all of life’s problems were solved by the likes of Beaver’s dad and Sheriff Andy Taylor. America is not now, nor has it ever been a situation comedy from the 1950’s and ’60s. These ideal times portrayed on little black and white screens were a diversion —a diversion from the real world full of scary people doing and saying scary things. We needed a little escape back then, but escapism wasn’t supposed to last for decades. Hard times have always existed for folks; there is no perfection to go back to for any of us. If you had a perfect childhood, then good for you! Your parents managed to make the world feel safe and secure for you, but now you are an adult and it is time you started adulting.
Your President-Elect is perhaps the most unfit of any candidate to ever run for the highest office in the land, not to mention that he is completely devoid of any of the values or morals you claim to hold dear – values that are supposed to represent your party’s platform.
So, congratulations. You won the presidency. I hope it was worth it. You lost your integrity, credibility, and all the respect I had for you and your party.