It’s 5:30 in the morning. I’ve been awake since 3. I’m not drunk, anymore. The girlfriend is upstairs trying to get some sleep and here I am, writing, trying –like you– to make sense of this all. Did I mention that it’s 5:30 in the fucking morning?
We know what happened, we can admit that now right? We have a president elect that has mocked the disabled and our troops. He’s been openly misogynistic and racist. He’s threatened to jail political opponents and isolate our country. We got this right? Okay.
With this thought starting to sink in we must take a particular course. I’m not saying that this is the right one but it’s the one that makes sense in my sleep deprived, racing head right now.
Right now many of you are probably feeling despair, I know I am. And I think that this is a perfectly acceptable feeling, in moderation. We wouldn’t be the free thinking, amazing creatures that we are if we, who felt so strongly against the opposition, didn’t feel despair in the fact of these matters. But with that we shouldn’t let it consume us.
I propose that we take November 9th and let it be our day of despair. Grieve, be upset, take a sick day, lie in bed. Do all of those things but just today. I’m not saying that you can’t be angry at this turn of events anymore after November 9th. Actually it’s quite the contrary, we are going to need that later. Just get your doom and gloom out today.
After November 9th we all need to take some time to reflect on what occurred here. To call our country divided would be like calling Cubs fans happy they won a World Series. We will need some time to try to figure out why this happened. That means listening to people from the other side is a peaceful, logical manner.
It’s not going to be easy and it’s probably going to be frustrating but it is a path that will allow us to understand one and other better. And when we can understand one and other we can discuss and ultimately unify.
This is going to be the hardest thing out of these points. How do we rebuild? I don’t exactly know. Hell, I don’t even have any clues. But when we are likely going to have a president that doesn’t care about us we must come together and rebuild our nation ourselves.
People can make a difference, and I don’t mean in just a voting station. If we the people can band together and support one and other we can at worse weather these next 4 years and at best show everyone that we are unwilling to be pushed around by an orange dunce.