I have had so many thoughts swirling through my head since the election on Tuesday. I feel speechless, yet I want to say something. Exactly what? That is the question.
I have heard interviews with Trump supporters. They sound so angry. They are feeling put down, angry, and brushed aside. I think that's why they voted for Trump. The irony is, they voted for the person who doesn't care about people like them. That's how I see it... why else would he refuse to pay his contractors on his many fancy buildings? The designers, the glass installers, the this and that small contractor who either went broke while trying to collect their due payment from Trump, or had to just give up and let him cheat them. Those people are YOU, Trump supporters.
I really feel like we want and need the same things. We just... I don't know ... we look at the problems from opposite directions. I heard a woman being interviewed about why she voted for Trump, and she was so angry about her health care premiums going up and up. I agree with her - her premiums are outrageous! While mine are, lucky for me, very affordable. This is totally not fair. But she, in her anger, thinks the problem stems from Obama and the Affordable Care Act. I, in my discomfort with the inequities of our health care system, see a bigger picture. Our health care system has been broken for decades.. it was all based on big corporate greed (insurance companies, pharmaceuticals, etc). A major fix was desperately needed, and Obama came in with a suggestion.. a first step. It fixed some of the problems, but not all. The solution, in my opinion, is not in dumping Obama's entire plan, but in furthering the fixes and working harder to make it fair for all, and making sure it is not predicated on big corporate profits, which will always lead to inequities and unfairness.
Another huge problem is all the reports I'm hearing and reading about people being harassed in the wake of Trump's election. Is this really the kind of America Trump supporters want?? A white man on a bus, trying to look down the shirt of a woman sitting next to him, and telling her "when Trump is president we'll get rid of all you beaners." A deaf woman using face-time on her computer in a restaurant, and a white guy yells at her, calling her a "retard" and to leave the country. On election night, a gay man beaten and bloodied by Trump supporters. A woman wearing a scarf being told "your time is up, girlie." WHAT???? REALLY????
I can hardly believe it. I see all of this as a backlash to white men losing their power and feeling afraid of the changing demographics in America. Why? What is so frightening about a diverse population? RELAX, fearful white men, and learn to get along and even love the very diversity you fear!
There is so much work to be done. How will we ever manage to achieve the freedoms and peace we hold dear?