By KUHT [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
So the election has taken place, and the orange creature has been elected. HRC and President Obama reminded us of the rule of law in their gracious speeches. They reminded us to go high when DT has run a campaign based on lies and hatred, a campaign that has consistently gone low. They have been gracious in defeat, even though DT threatened not to accept the election results, if the vote had gone the other way. We’ve had eight years of class, intelligence, and caring, and it will take time to accept that many of my fellow Americans have chosen the opposite. It does not help when I see a ranting post by a Trump supporter (filled with factual and grammatical errors) saying everyone who voted for HRC should be put in jail. It only makes me think that I was correct in my statement that ignorance has triumphed, and we are in for four long years.
I am hoping I am wrong. Of course, I am hoping I am wrong! I am hoping that rights will not be trampled on, that laws will not be overturned, and that our earth will not be destroyed by people who do not “believe in” science. I am hoping that DT will say that his hate-filled speeches were jokes. I am hoping that ignorance will not rule. Yes, I can hope. Perhaps someone will also give the president-elect a copy of the Constitution–or better yet read it to him, over and over again, since he has admitted to not reading very much, and it is evident that he does not understand how our government works. Yes, I have to accept that the reality TV star and failed businessman has been elected; I have to accept that so many voted for hate, but I do not have to like it.
Meanwhile, as Maya Angelou wrote:
“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
Full text of the poem here.
And as Mister Rogers said: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'”
I plan to look for the helpers–and I plan to be one. Join me.
Thanks to historian Ann M. Little for reminding me of the quote by Mr. Rogers.
And to Jane Dougherty, here’s to snarly women! I can smile and snarl.
“I am woman, hear me roar.”