I duly wore my pantsuit on Tuesday, and I voted around 7:30am CST, before work. #pantsuitnation
At lunchtime I said to Etrace, "I think there needs to be heavy drinking tonight." "By you
?!" he said. "Are you really that concerned about the outcome?" "Hell yes I am concerned," I said. But nailbiting notwithstanding, deep down I never really doubted that Hillary would get the landslide she deserved.
Well, it turns out we all got a surprise. :-/
Between dinner (Taco Tuesday!) and baby bedtime, I didn't really see any election results in progress until about 10pm Central. By which time the map had tipped heavily Trump. And then I would have liked to start drinking heavily, but I also felt too nauseated to start. I got into bed and sat with my iPad obsessively refreshing Facebook until well after midnight.
Maybe it will come around overnight, I thought. They're still tallying.
But no. Wednesday morning I woke up to our national nightmare. I felt numb. I actually cried on my drive to work.
If I haven't said it here before, my mom (who lives in northern CA) has been a big Trump supporter, and in fact so rabidly anti-Clinton in her Facebook comments and reposts that I've begun to wonder of late if she's actually coming a bit unhinged. We have basically agreed not to speak of the election.
Her younger sister though (who seems to show some distaste for Trump, but has been rabidly anti-Obama, so it's all of a piece) commented on Wednesday "I survived 8 years of Obama, you'll survive 4 years of Trump." I wanted to say "Yes, but FYI, not everyone will
." But I didn't know how to get into it without spiraling off into futility.
I have many, many thoughts, but a week later here's what seems to have shaken out:
(1) No one actually knows what Trump himself is going to do while in office. He's talked big, but that was on the campaign trail. We all know the guy's full of nothing but hot air, and changes his stance to whatever his audience wants to hear. In a way, that's almost comforting.
(2) However, the people he's surrounding himself with (you know, to DO HIS ACTUAL WORK while in office)... scare the everloving shit out of me. Starting with Mike Pence, who is if possible the one person I would less
like to see in the presidency than Trump.
(3) The "anti-PC" climate that says "This is Trump's America now, so we can be as hateful as we've always secretly wanted"... ditto.
I would add corroborating links to the above, but it's too depressing. :-/
So, what to do? For starters, I will keep supporting my top causes: reproductive rights (Planned Parenthood
of course, Medical Students for Choice
, and the Center for Reproductive Rights
) and civil liberties (the ACLU
). (Amazon shoppers, remember that if you shop via smile.amazon.com
you can designate a charity to receive a percentage of your sales. I chose Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky
Beyond that: Be strong. Support education and social programs closer to home. Show compassion. Stand up for truth and justice (and, not for nothing, the real American Way