Well, I'm still processing, still angry and still here. There have been some issues that have come about that I cannot be silent about. I apologize to those that find it triggering but I cannot stay silent anymore. The first part, if you missed it, about the election and why I'll have the puppy giveaway in Dec. is HERE.
With people being named for important powerful positions the fears of many people are now becoming real. This isn't about being a "sore loser" it is about REAL fear coming true. The #notmypresident protest is partially about not being able to support someone who ran on abhorrent ideals. They cannot say that the racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic rhetoric he spouted during the campaign is ok in any way at all. However there is real value in questioning (not demeaning) the protest and reminding people to not resort to violence. He is the president elect. We must now turn toward vigilance against demagoguery, racism, misogyny, and hate. Turn your energy toward that. Call your representatives.
Need more reasons people are afraid? Let's start with just a couple of the people that will be a part of his team. One member of the "transition team" under Pence that Trump has named. He is Kris Kobach. He penned one of the most racist legislation to go through AZ requiring that people looking a certain way to carry papers to prove that they are US citizens. Steve Bannon who has been named as the White House Chief Strategist is the other worry. He has been known to have had Trump's ear throughout the campaign. Both have been known to work with white supremacists (who have come out as happy for this appointment) and Bannon even has a website with white nationalist, anti-semitic, and misogynistic views called Breitbart. Even Paul Ryan (who actually seemed reasonable at times during the campaign but has recently refused to decry Bannon) has just decreed that Medicare will become privatized. And yes, there is still no solid plan to replace the ACA. No, I don't believe that parts of it will stay and I will not count on it. Those that he is moving into place want to eliminate it first and decide what to do about it later. I do still hope to be pleasantly surprised but don't believe it will happen. They won't allow it.
There are other reasons that are coming to light that have confirmed the fears of a lot of people. This is just a tiny bit of it. So, no, it is not the same thing as when Obama took office. He did not run on a campaign of exclusion (even if you felt that way, his campaign still didn't run with that rhetoric). He extended a hand, many people feel that Trump has already extended a fist. It is hard to give someone a chance when on the campaign trail people did give him several chances. They would try to correct him by telling him he really didn't mean "that", they tried to help him understand why what he said was painful. His response was to double down on his initial argument. As I said before in my last post, he has already hurt people.
There is also the social reasons to worry. This article also echoes some of my sentiments: It's Not Melodramatic to Fear for Our Safety.
And to those that compare one hate against another, know this: There is no contest to be won and anything done out of hate is just plainly wrong. That kind of comparison is used to distract from any real discussion. Any reasonable person would denounce any sort of violence. You already know that.
This is one of a million explanations, articles and social media statuses explaining why people feel this way. This should no longer be an unknown factor as to why people are reacting in this manner.
Also, I would like to address one thing that has been coming across from all sides of the equation. It is that the liberals were somehow silencing the radical conservatives. I want to make it clear, right now, that the predicament we are in is the fault of EVERY US CITIZEN even if the reasons for that fault are different. I also firmly believe that many didn't say who they were voting for because they knew that to side with the horrible things Trump was saying was wrong even if that wasn't why they voted for him. I think this tweet actually sums up how I feel about this issue:
Perhaps the most insightful political comment I've seen in the election aftermath from a very smart friend of mine. pic.twitter.com/uMjbm2LIOF— skullsinthestars (@drskyskull) November 11, 2016
Hasan Minhaj on people who support Donald Trump despite his bigotry. https://t.co/QwlXtBf8fw pic.twitter.com/0MzJB2U6Lp— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 13, 2016
That is how many of us are feeling at the moment.
AND if you still don't get it, here is another way of looking at it: The Cinemax Theory of Racism by John Scalzi
AND if you still don't get it, here is another way of looking at it: The Cinemax Theory of Racism by John Scalzi
Obama: Did you replace all the toiletries with travel size bottles?— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) November 11, 2016
Biden: He's got tiny hands Barack, I want him to feel welcome here pic.twitter.com/e7NRIZ43Ww
Heh... I needed these, I don't know about you. There are also a lot more out there. People keep makin' them! 😂 Share 'em if you got 'em. *snort*Obama: "Joe, why are you still holding my hand?"— thomas moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) November 12, 2016
Biden: "I wanna freak Mike Pence out"
Obama: "But why?"
Biden: "Just roll with it" pic.twitter.com/o5KZZ0Ysgz
Getting back into the Groove:So, back to some reviews...
I've not been reading although I do have some reviews of books I've read and reviewed but not posted. I just cannot find the ability to lose myself in reading. I needed more stimulation so I decided to binge watch Jessica Jones who just about everyone was praising.
Yea, this was fabulous. Just dark enough for my mood but doesn't drag you deeper. Jessica is the perfect anti-hero and the introduction to Luke Cage was perfect. David Tennant plays the perfect bad guy and it was also a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You won't get bored with this one. It had me from the first episode. Warning to some people who don't like it, it does have sex and violence in it.
Of course then I had to binge Luke Cage:
Deep breaths, girl. I know the election didn't turn out as we hoped, but we have to remember we are Americans, we are fighters, we don't give up. We all have a voice. We will be okay. Just relax, unplug and don't stress. Life is too short and it isn't worth it. Go work on your crafts, call your mom and tell her you love her. It will be okay. Hugs.ReplyDelete
We CANNOT close our eyes to what is going on. Bad things happen when good people say nothing. I think it is worth it.Delete
I do get what you are saying to me and I thank you for thinking of me and caring about me. ((HUGS))
My hubby watches Cage, and loves it. I'm still not sure what I think.ReplyDelete
You may not like these. It has a lot of violence in it.Delete
The Obama/Biden memes have been a bright spot this week. I'm still taking a media-hiatus. Every time I peek, it's so ugly.ReplyDelete
I will come out of my shell soon, and I will be a light in the dark.
Thank you for wanting to be the light. For acknowledging that it is important even though you are overwhelmed.Delete
Very well said. I haven't been doing much reading. I just finished my first book (not including audiobooks) since early October. I'm even doing a lot of relistening on audio, because I need something funny and I didn't have any review books that were what I needed. I also haven't been very good about visiting blogs. I'm trying to get caught up today.ReplyDelete
I've made calls to both senators and my congressman. I've called Speaker Ryan's phone survey on ACA. I've also called to ask that they investigate Trump's finances and conflict of interest. I've set my Kroger Plus Card to make donations to Planned Parenthood. For Giving Tuesday, I will be making my donation to ACLU.
I saw a tweet by Bernie Sanders where he said that politics is not a spectator sport. I'm going to take that to heart. I will be more involved going forward.
Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads
Yes, thank you for all this. ((HUGS)) I've also called about the ACA. I do plan to be WAY more active in any way that I can.Delete
The Biden memes are gold!ReplyDelete
I also find the whole sore loser etc etc thing so weird! I feel like that just would not happen here, everyone has the right to be upset about an election. That does not mean you are a sore loser. But I am sure it will happen here too. We seem to take the worst things from everyone
It is a narrative the extremists have taken here as a deflection to what is going on and to also discredit any real dissent. We always had it this way no matter who won, but it is become almost a chant. :( I hope it doesn't happen there... this whole thing is just... well, really no words for it. :(Delete
I'm not saying Trump supporters are racists, misogynists, and xenophobic assholes. I'm saying they didn't care enough to think that all the things he stood for was a big deal. And that's what makes me angry that there are over 61 m Americans whose base beliefs share those of that idiot. I can't believe this is the man that will replace a great leader like Obama. >.<ReplyDelete
I agree 100% with you. I fear for what Trump represents, I just hope I am wrong. I want to take action though. Peaceful action, but action non-the-less.ReplyDelete
Call those representatives! Bug them! They listen to those that are the loudest... so be loud! :)Delete
A very well written piece. Like so many other things, the situation America is facing IS NOT Black and White. At the end of the day, Clinton isn't good and Trump isn't evil...but fuck me if his rhetoric doesn't terrify me. It's interesting though to see the polarization that's been happening in this country already. BOTH ends of the spectrum have started to act incredibly rashly and left those of us in the middle just trying to find a foothold.ReplyDelete
I agree, but I see one end being much worse than the other right now. When you are putting white supremacists (alt-right is just a term to normalize things, which I refuse) into positions of power, when tragedies of yesterday are trying to become tragedies of today (the Japanese-American interment was called a precedence) I do say that what he is doing is evil (judging his actions here not him). I still agree it still isn't black and white but a lot of the grey has been bled out.Delete
I also know you are struggling with some of the same things I am and it is good to know that others out there are feeling much of the same.
No. I concur. But the sad truth is we're stuck with him. It's been difficult coming to grips with that and realizing that we are kind of facing a bit of a war in the coming years (if not a metaphoric one, a literal one) between two sides of the country that want vastly different things...not to mention a number of people (read: alt-right) that have been given power that SHOULD NOT have it.Delete
Agreed. They should not have it and it should not be normalized.Delete
It is my hope, that the America people will come together. Hang in there, say a prayer and take steps to make the world a better place. I truly believe we will not go backwards and that the popular vote has to sway those in power to listen.ReplyDelete
Yep, that is why I list positives. I also think we can prevent so much if people become active. If the silent speak up. Otherwise we will have to do damage control and cleanup. Hope we minimize that as much as possible... but only if people speak and do more than vote (although that is highly important... totally agree!)!Delete
I so agree with everything you have written. You did give me some ideas about where I can give money to-Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Thank you. I feel so helpless about this and it just gets worse with every news article about Trump and the ridiculous people that he is appointing. If you call your representatives, do you really think it will do any good? I just don't trust a republican rep to do anything for non Trump people. I am just scared about it all-and sick at heart.ReplyDelete
Yes I do think it can make a difference. The link about how to get congress to listen (HERE and linked above) is from a REPUBLICAN staffer. :) Think if a huge number of people start expressing themselves (which we haven't done before, it usually is the same people in small numbers all the time) it WILL get their attention. We are the ones who vote them in and give them their jobs. EVEN if you vote democrat. Why? Because they know that if enough people vote for the opposition then they are still out of a job. :)Delete
Other things to do:
1. Call Senator Lindsey Graham's office at (202) 224-5972, push 2 if you get the recording. Tell the staff member "I support Senator Graham's investigation into Russia's participation in the election of Donald Trump."
2. Call the House Oversight Committee tell them you support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump's financials and conflicts of interest. (202) 225-5074.
3. Call Paul Ryan's office and take his survey about the Affordable Care Act. You'll hear a short pause, then press 2 to opt into the survey. You'll a short speech about Ryan's stance, then press 1 to support the ACA. (202)-225-0600.
Oops! The link on how to get congress to listen didn't take. so: http://www.attn.com/stories/12768/former-congressional-staffer-explains-how-to-make-congressman-listenDelete
In a odd way so much of this post resonates with me. Still reeling over Brixit and realising some of my friends at best believed the lies spread by those wishing to leave and, at worst, were what amounted to closet racists.ReplyDelete
((HUGS)) Totally with you. *sad sigh*Delete
Brixit? See, that's how angry I still am. It should of course have been Brexit.ReplyDelete
((HUGS)) No worries, I did get what you meant.Delete
The Obama/Biden memes are the best things of my life. I do think that a lot of good has come from the election - mainly people getting involved. I called the government for the first time to express my displeasure, and I love that people are using their voice and not just on social media!ReplyDelete
YES! Forwarding a fb post or tweet might help get information out, but it only counts if people act on it. I've not done much calling or writing in the past as I should, but I am now! :)Delete
I love that you are so passionate about the election. I can't imagine what's going to happen next year, and how it will effect the rest of us/the world.ReplyDelete
Thanks. It keeps getting scarier the more incompetent he proves to be as well, the horrible cabinet picks keep coming and the Rs seem to be gleeful in what they are going to push through. Let's hope we can clean up what will be wrought. :(Delete