Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The People Have Spoken

What's done is done. The people of this country have spoken. For the record, I did not vote for Trump. I can't in good conscience vote for a man who counts as his supporters, members of organizations whose historical aims were the segregation, discrimination and if they could get away with it, the elimination of people who look like me. That among numerous other things turned me off to Trump.

But at the same time, while I held my nose and voted for Hillary, I did so with great reservations because she had flaws of her own that made her unpalatable to me, also. I confess to a morbid curiosity of witnessing an Trumpian America, and it looks like I'll get my wish.

Now we'll get to see what Trump can do, especially with a Republican Congress. I have a feeling it will be dreadful for a lot of people on the Left and Center.  I also have a feeling that those who voted for Trump thinking that he'll restore America to a fictional Ozzie and Harriet, Leave It To Beaver, Happy Days time will be sorely mistaken and have one hell of a case of buyer's remorse.

Remember the story about the dog (I think it was a dog) who agreed to carry the scorpion on his back across the creek despite knowing what a scorpion does, only to have the scorpion sting him halfway across anyway? I think this is what we're looking at here.

Either way, what's done is done. All we can do now is try and heal this divided and broken nation of its fear of the other, its distrust, its corruption, its anger, its bitterness, and all its other countless ills. We can pray to our respective deities that they will intervene, but it's my experience that they tend to work through human hands. I think they need us to do the heavy lifting.  But I do believe that America, for what it's worth, will pull through this next four years. Maybe a little dinged up and a few bumps and bruises, but we will pull through. Because Americans, with all our flaws, are just damn stubborn to be kept down.  Just sayin'

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