November 8, 2016 which officially become the day this country returned to the Dark Ages. Never in my life, would I thought the word Trump and Presidency would ever become one.
As the night of Tuesday November 8 unfolded, it was as if my world was losing light and then it just got dimmer and dimmer. It was completely unfathmoable, to think this country would elect a ...reality star. This has to be one of the lowest moments in our modern country's history. He has no experience in foreign relations, no legislative experience and no political expertise. I just couldnt comprehend, how did this country with all this wealth and power choose to elect the lowest common denominator? It made absolutely no sense. We are now into the first week of the official status of ..the new dawn of darkness.
Many are trying to normalize, noticing he has stepped back on many mandates he shared during the Presidency. He has decided to not be so extreme on Obamacare, Roe vs. Wade , the Muslim registry..(?)..I refuse to try to breathe. Even if he swayed from everyone of his campaign promises...he is completely incompetent for this job. How did we deny the woman with 30 years experience including as a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State for a man who created The Apprentice?
Each day I wake up hoping this is all a bad dream and then I look at the news and it all becomes too real again. How I yearn for 2008 when there was such hope and expectancy in the air. There was such anticipation of what was coming and not the fear or dread that seems to permeate the air now. You can't seem to have a civil conversation because the personal stakes are too high whether you were With Her or not. There are moves to try to normalize what we have just experienced and I believe this is people's way to make it palatable but this election has crossed a line that can never be uncrossed. It confirmed that we dont want to change, we want what is familiar. This country was not ready to continue to move into the unknown, charter territory that has not been covered before.
These last 8 years have been accused of being the same but that is completely untrue. We have seen siesmic change, not the least an African-American family occupied the White House. We had an amazing First Lady who was the descendants of slaves and a President who's father was a citizen of Kenya. We have seen queer people openly serving in the military, people living because now pre-existing conditions are a thing of the past, gay marriage the law of the land, the Dept of Justice investigating the death of one black child. We have a Latina on the Supreme Court, we have 3 women appointed to the Supreme Court, a President who spoke about and supported the conversation of Climate Change..on and on. It was all too much for a country that only 10 years ago went to war to protect ourselves from the "Axis of Terror". People needed reassurance that we still have cowboys who can take out Indians, that we are tough on crime, tough on terror, tough on immigration..we're just tough.
The next four years will look like anything but progress but what the end result will be is anyone's guess. The one shining light of these days of dreariness is that we have seen a mobilizing of citizens that is unprecedented. People are speaking out loudly that this is not our normal and it is unacceptable. The hope that this is momentum will carry us into a backlash of the stagnant.
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