What I’m doing about it
It’s been nine days. I still wake up in the night mired in the horror of our political reality, with the feeling of a foot on my throat. I once had faith in the overall goodness of America — but no more. I’m disappointed in family, and in many I once thought were friends. They knowingly elected a man who’s shown himself to be deplorable in so many ways; in so doing, they became deplorable themselves. How do I greet contempt with warmth and optimism?
The assault on fairness crossed so many fronts, seeded by prolonged efforts to block and delegitimize the country’s first African-American president. What we were up against:
a years-long campaign — sexist at its core — to denigrate the most qualified person ever to run for the office of President
one-sided leaks by foreign disrupters targeting private files and emails related to her campaign, amplified by a complicit media in its misguided attempt to look “unbiased” against a man who boasted about being able to walk in on naked teenage women
the horrific decision to announce a bogus criminal investigation 11 days before the election
nationwide gerrymandering to ensure the House remains forever in GOP control
voter suppression laws throughout the country to keep minorities and Millennials from the polls
an electoral college that waters down urban voters (i.e., those who successfully live and work every day with people of all races, ethnicities and religions), who comprise the majority of the electorate
and worst of all, the hoarding of federal court picks until right-wing judges can be installed
Americans rewarded that, and I’m deeply ashamed of them. I don’t love my country right now, and I’m quite pessimistic about its future. We’ll never again be able to tell our children that “Cheaters never win.”
So where do I go from here? I was in NY over the weekend and took part in two massive protests that ended in front of Trump Tower. “THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!” “SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR — IMMIGRANTS ARE WELCOME HERE!” “LOVE, NOT HATE — MAKES AMERICA GREAT!” That was fortifying, but for what? We have to turn those beliefs into action.
These are the things I can and will do:
lend my financial support to organizations that help those who are sure to be targeted by the incoming administration: Planned Parenthood (bonus points for donating in Mike Pence’s name), Emily’s List, Council on American-Islamic Relations, American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Literary
stay active in local efforts to make lives better for my neighbors who suffer because of cruel government policies that will take food off their table and force them to work for low wages in order to sustain investor profits
continue efforts to register minorities and Millenials to vote, and encourage their participation in the 2018 midterms and state elections
register my viewpoint regularly with my congressional representative, the loathsome Virginia Foxx
write books that affirm lesbian lives
defer as much income as possible to 2021 to avoid paying taxes to a government that isn’t even trying to represent me
The temptation to drop out of society for the next four years is great. I will instead choose to be there for my friends, and for those who need a champion. Love to you!