I knew America was divided, but I did not see how divided. I knew that the right-wing media empire had saturated and brainwashed a huge swath of Americans, but I did not know how huge. I knew Clinton was flawed and I knew the in-fighting over the Sanders candidacy has been corrosive, but I did not see how corrosive. I knew that it is the American way to blame someone for whatever happens; I just did not see how pervasive that mentality was. President Barack Obama being elected twice has lulled me into a false faith in American voters and I have paid dearly (as will America) for that denial.
As the anonymous post circulating on Facebook says: “I am not mad at you that Clinton lost. I am unconcerned that we have different politics. And I don’t think less of you because you vote one way and I vote another. No… I think less of you because you watched an adult mock a disabled person in front of a crowd and still supported him. I think less of you because you saw a man spouting clear racism and backed him. I think less of you because you listened to him advocate for war crimes, and still thought he should run this country. I think less of you because you watched him equate a woman’s worth to her appearance and got on board. It isn’t your politics that I find repulsive. It is your personal willingness to support racism, sexism, and cruelty. You sided with a bully when it mattered and that is something I will never forget. So, no… you and I won’t be “coming together” to move forward or whatever. Trump disgusts me, but it is the fact that he doesn’t disgust you that will stick with me long after this election.”
That, more than any other sentiment I have read, speaks to how I feel. As the Dixie Chicks song says, “I’m not ready to make nice”. I am still appalled that so many American voters would choose an ignorant bully who believes he has a mandate to be the boss not an elected president. He is an authoritarian that can lead to Fascism. He is dangerous in so many ways, destructive in so many ways and will have the wind at his back as he dismantles whatever progress he sets his short-sighted eyes on and whatever he can articulate in a tweet. Otherwise we will be left to the mercy of the venomous snakes and alligators he is adding to the swamp instead of draining.
America, what have you done to us? How will progress be possible? How can he possibly keep even some of his promises and how can we pay for them? How can lower taxes, less regulation, and less oversight end with lowering the deficit and paying our debt?
I wish that Trump’s exposure of the total hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of the right-wing Christians was enough. I wish that the consequences would fall first on Trump voters. I wish that Democrats had the minority power to stop some of the carnage. I wish that the Trump supporters had the collective integrity to realize the dangerous things they have set in motion. I wish that the last nine years of right-wing lies, distortions and hate-filled memes would now end but no, winning has emboldened them and they are doubling down, just like their dear leader. May God have mercy; I am just trying to find some daylight in the despair.
I am thankful that I have fewer days in front of me than behind me and that is no way to live. I am thankful I do not have grandchildren and I wish I had more to leave my children as this new America that is rising is here for some time and some damage is to come because it is so driven by irrational hate.
I know now how we got here, I just have no clue how to get away from it.