I didn’t stay up all night watching the election results. Around 11pm I pretty much knew Trump would win and decided to head to bed feeling defeated and angry. Apparently, Mother Nature was also feeling pretty nasty this morning because I awoke to a cloudy, stormy day. How appropriate, I thought, as I made my morning coffee. All day I’ve been trying to make sense of what has transpired in my country and in this election. It’s obvious to me that people here were willing to over look a lot of personal flaws and deplorable misconduct in order to get the change that they seem so desperate to see in their government. I was not one of those people. Yes, I want change. Positive change. I didn’t truly think that Clinton would give us the change we need, but I also didn’t think she would set us back 50 years in our cultural evolution either. I felt confident that she would not lead us down a road of mass destruction like I feel Trump is itching to do.
But, the people have spoken and like it or not, no matter how distasteful and disgusting, he will be our next president. Now it’s time to figure out what’s next and how to handle the new regime that will be taking over the White House in just a few months. I look at the actual numbers of the results so far and I see hope there. Clinton actually won the majority vote. In my simple mind that should be enough, but it isn’t. But that means to me that more than half of our population is not aligned with Trump and his agenda. On top of that, I personally know many people who voted for Trump who are not misogynist, racist, homophobic, xenophobes either, so I would estimate that at least half of the Trump votes came from sensible people who are just so achingly hungry for change that they saw no alternative but to vote for him. This gives me hope. The majority of the population of my country do not hate me and what I believe in. We do disagree about many things, but that doesn’t make us enemies.
I do agree with the Trump people on one thing. This country needs profound political change. I would have preferred to see the kind of changes that Bernie Sanders was pushing for (still is pushing for, by the way). Things are definitely going to change. How is yet to be seen. This defeat does not leave me feeling defeated though. It emboldens me to be stronger and braver and to speak my mind more about the things that are important to me. It emboldens me to live my life fully out there with no apologies. It emboldens me to stand up for my rights and those of others and not let the bullies win again and again. I hope others will join me and not let this election sink our ship in this storm we’re heading into. Now is the time to come together for what we believe and make our voice heard and start our own revolution of sorts. More than half of the country voted against Trump. MORE THAN HALF!!!!! Let that sink in for a moment. We are NOT in the minority here. We have strength in solidarity and shared purpose. Do NOT let hate and fear win. Fight on! This war is just beginning.