My deepest sorrow that you did not win the election (well you really did because you won the popular vote so far – its just the bonky electoral college bs that beat ya. boo and grr). While i did not vote for you in the primaries – preferring the progressive of Bernie Sanders – i did vote for you in the national election.
And i did stay up all night almost gnawing at my nails and pulling out my hair as i saw the voting results tumbling in.
it felt as if we all were in free fall – that the impossible, the unbelievable, and the inane was coming to be.
im still a bit shell shocked.
yesterday afternoon a wee little girl came up to me and asked
“who did you vote for?”
and not knowing her or her parents politics i said
“well im not sure if i should say”
and next she said “my mommy voted for the girl.”
and then “did you vote for the girl?”
“yes” i said. “i voted for the girl”
and she said “the boy is mean, isn’t he?”
to which i said the truth “yes, he is rather mean”
and then she said “if she wins – she will be the first girl president”
to which i said “yes she will”
and this reminded me of another wee child who held my hand as we skipped down a sidewalk in manhattan many moons ago who said looking up at me
“are you going to vote for Obama?”
and i smiled big (as i had not reservations about voting for Obama nor of what his parents might think)
and he said “good because Obama is just like me”
and when i raised my eyebrows to ask him to elaborate
he replied “his parents are Black and White like mine”
to which i looked back at his parents and smiled
and then he said “imagine someone in the White House that looks like me”
and so i did and we all did and many of us made it possible and it came to be
and the Republicans spent every second they had fighting this beautiful person and they vowed to fight the person who “looks like me” if she became president
and so we see Sexism and Racism and Capitalism and Nationalism are very dangerous
but as the earth moves around the sun today – i am thinking of some positives because to live in fear is to feed hate. and i am not a hater. i know LOVE triumphs over all – so i am looking for what WE – the people – are to do in the days and years ahead.
1. dont believe polls
2. get everyone you know and love to register to vote and to vote in every single election until the next presidential election and vote then too
3. challenge the Republicans to be just, right, and good
4. know that while social media is great a sharing information – it is also great at spreading lies
5. the electoral college prevents direct democracy
we need a truly progressive party to raise up and make the US great
cuz she has never truly been great and i love the US i truly do but the electoral college is bullshit
Hillary won the popular vote – that should be enough
why do we have this gate keeper – this electorial college with its weird assortment of voting delegates that throws an election away from what the people voted for?
we are not a democracy and we perpetuate this shit – the powerful stay in power
and little girls have to say – not today. not today will there be someone like me in the White House – when all over the globe in developing nations and developed nations – Women have ruled their world. But nah not so much in the US of A
and this is what trump means when he says – make America Great Again – he means return to a society where women are property and objects and Black people are treated like criminals and Latinos are assumed to be rapists and disabled people are mocked
the people should and can be trusted – demolish the electoral college
direct election – popular vote wins
one person one vote
or just keep on with the same ole same ole – 2 steps forward and 3 steps back
see ya at the rEVOLution folks
and now i continue to grieve – not just for family but for our country tis of thee