Yes, I’m taking deep breaths here. Because today is the day I knew would come. I’ve known it since the morning of November 9, but it still does not make it one bit easier. There’s been a lot that has bothered me since that morning, but one of the biggest things for me is to hear people say, “Get over it.” Get over it? Despite what they might think, this is NOT sour grapes! Oh, no! It’s so much more!
I wasn’t happy when Bush won either, due to a hanging chad here in Florida. But hey, we DID get over it that time. We might not have agreed with the policies, etc. but we were not dealing with a person like Trump. But this time? This time is surreal.
In 2008 the night of President Obama’s inauguration, the Republican’s met at a steak house in DC to put together a strategy to make his Admistration fail. And ultimately, they did a mighty fine job and became the party of NO. Nothing got done with their assistance. They fought him every step of the way. And factor into that Trump ranting that President Obama was not legitimate and thus, the birther movement was formed. And Trump and the Republicans now feel offended because John Lewis said this Presidency isn’t legitimate? Russia was heavily involved. He did NOT win the popular vote. I am not saying here the electoral vote wasn’t legitimate. (Although I do not agree with it!) What I am saying is I fail to see why what Trump said was okay and what John Lewis said is not. Trump has the lowest approval rating in four decades!
I’m strong believer that if somebody says something, either right or wrong, long enough and often enough, people tend to believe it. I think this had a lot to do with the outcome of the election. So when I hear others say, “Get over it,” or to give him a chance, etc. etc. I can only shake my head. What part of the campaign and the time since the election did they not understand? Everything Trump said is what he meant. Look at who he’s installing in his cabinet. Normally, a President attempts to surround themself with the best and the brightest. Experienced people. People who know more than they do in certain areas. This is not happening! Ben Carson? A man who said himself he wasn’t qualified. Betsy DeVos? Who has zero experience with public education. Elaine Chao? Oh, but wait…..SHE is Mitch McConnell’s wife!
My point is that all of this greatly concerns me. And no matter who you voted for, it should concern you too. So don’t be lulled into a false sense of security. Don’t let the abnormal, the absurd, the comforting things you might hear lull you into a sense of well-being. Because any Administration who wants to dismantle Medicare, (Something I paid into since my first job at age 16) who wants to privatize Social Security, (Also paid into that all my working life) who wants to rip apart health care, not accept immigrants, Muslims, gays, the disabled, women’s rights……….this type of Administration? This is an Administration to watch closely. VERY closely! So no matter who you voted for, be AWARE! Pay attention. Read newspapers. Follow reputable news coverage. GET involved.
I’m concerned. I’m worried. But I am aware. And I can only wonder….If I’m feeling all of these emotions today, the day of the Inauguration, what are the marginalized people in our society feeling?
See you here next time…………