It's Just the Beginning

To everyone who said, "At least it's all over now," it's not. It's just beginning.
To everyone who said, "He's a great businessman," he's not. He's a famous one because he has a big mouth. America is not Trump International (yet). 
To everyone who said, "I'm going to write in Harambe," you spat on the right to participate in democracy that not 100 years ago women were being jailed in their fight for.
To everyone who said, "It's between the lesser of two evils," you are plain wrong. He is evil. Being technologically un-savvy is not evil. Sexually assaulting women is.
To everyone who said that Donald Trump's behavior and words over the last 18 months were less important than Clinton's email questions that were cleared by the FBI twice, I hope you hold yourself and your company to a higher standard than you hold our next president to.
To everyone who said, "She's a crook," I hope you're smart enough to know that he had been awaiting trial for sexual assault for the latter part of the campaign. I hope you're smart enough to know that the only reason he doesn't have a mile-long rap sheet of war crimes is because he has never been in a position of elected political power EVER.
To everyone who said that Donald Trump could lead this country on unfounded, impossible promises that fly in the face of the very fabric of American government, I hope you understand that his opponent was one of the most qualified candidates this nation has ever seen, and to many Americans, her biggest and most egregious flaw was in her being a woman.
To everyone who said, "I'm voting for Trump because he tells it like it is," I wonder if you value that so much in a person that you're able to go up to your Muslim, black, gay, or female fellow Americans and tell them like it is too. If that's such an important part of things, put your money where your mouth is. Or, maybe you'll realize that "telling it like it is" is actually not at all a good quality for a world leader who must have diplomatic relations with other leaders and that was a stupid reason to vote for a big-mouth bigot. Vote him to the desk on a morning talk show, not the Oval Office.
To everyone who wanted this to happen, or who didn't care enough to make it not happen, I hope you're happy with the next four years.
To everyone else, after this posts I'm burying my head in the sand for a few days. But when I come back up, let's figure out how to stay the course and fight the fight for our friends, ourselves, and our rights together.

Comments

  1. I am so saddened and disheartened by this, for all the reasons you described better than I can articulate. I told my friend this morning that I have never in my life felt like a second class citizen because of my gender (or race or sexuality or anything else for that matter) and while I have always felt so fortunate to have had that experience, knowing now that the freaking president thinks of me as one feels like the ultimate diss. It's a tough pill to swallow especially given that the other choice was far more qualified and tactful regardless of her gender. Damn, this hurts and I wasn't ready for it at all.

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  2. Amen, my friend. We could talk about this political injustice as nauseum but it won't change anything. We must stand and rally and fight for the greater good. And I hate that phrase but it's never been more true than it is now.

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  3. This is so beautifully written. I am so heartbroken for this country, and for the people who felt he was "the answer" to our problems. I'm not sure how to handle any of this right now.

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  4. I've sat with your post open and the cursor blinking back at me for so long because I still can't find any words to say because I'm just not understanding. I'm not understanding how people can act like this is just like a normal election where one side is upset when they don't win, when it was about so much more than that for SO many people who are directly impacted by the hateful and ignorant remarks DT has made.

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  5. Yes. I am so heartbroken. I just cannot believe this is happening. That THIS many of our fellow Americans think his actions/words are okay. Not even okay, they actually agree with them. I don't know what happens now.

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  6. Thank you for this. This is everything I am feeling, articulated so perfectly. I am infuriated that my country could do this. HOW HOW HOW did we get here...

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  7. I'm alternating between rage, wanting to be sick, and complete disbelief. I simply can't believe that so many Americans were able to stand by and support Trump. I wish this wasn't the post you had to write today, but it's very well done.

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  8. I am sure we will talk more about this in a few days, but basically I agree with everything you said.

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  9. I am so distraught. I've cried on and off since last night and I've had a constant pit in my stomach. As a woman, I am scared. As the sister of a gay man, I am scared. As someone whose neighborhood is full of Hispanic Americans, Indian Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans, I am scared. And in general, for everyone who isn't a straight Christian white man (with no disabilities), I am scared. Here's hoping we can get through four years without losing too much of the progress we've made.

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  10. "To everyone who said, "I'm voting for Trump because he tells it like it is," I wonder if you value that so much in a person that you're able to go up to your Muslim, black, gay, or female fellow Americans and tell them like it is too." THIS, THIS, THIS.

    Thank you for this. I love you. That's all I have.

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  11. I imagine this is what black people would have felt like if Obama would have lost. I just feel gutted as if my values don't matter. I can't understand how people are willing to turn a blind eye to his many faults and focus on EMAIL and classified, like they understand it and it isn't a grey area.

    I agree full-heartedly that we need to rise up and protect those who may soon be lacking protection and stripped of rights. For today and probably the rest of this week, I'll be in mourning.

    In the quiet moments in my head, I still wonder how in the shit Trump is going to be our next president. HOOOOOOWWWWW did we get here? Whyyyy did we get here? And mostly, what the shit are we going to do about it.

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  12. YES to everything you so eloquently stated, especially this "let's figure out how to stay the course and fight the fight for our friends, ourselves, and our rights together." I physically ache right now. But as bewildered and hurt and scared as I am this moment, I also feel a lot of pride in how many people are standing-up to hate. Who won't go quietly into the night but will stand tall. I am proud to be a member of that club and believe we can make a difference.

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  13. Yes. We need to heal, and mourn, and then get back up and fight again.

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  14. Heartbreaking. Absolutely heartbreaking.

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  15. Im not from the US but hun, this is perfect. I cant imagine what you guys must be feeling. I can tell you the rest of the world is watching in sheer disbelief.

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  16. I'm right there with you. Head in the sand and wallowing in despair for awhile. And then I'm going out there to fight the good fight.

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  17. Oh, the fb banter that I've found myself engaging in during this last week has been brutal. I should just start sharing this post of yours to certain people that need to read it.

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