I’ve debated whether to publish this post or not. I feel somewhat uncomfortable posting my feelings about the election when I know others feel very differently than I do. Yet I think part of life is to do things that sometimes make you and others uncomfortable. That’s the space wherein we learn more about ourselves and about each other. So, here goes:
I’m still in shock and feeling disappointed in the election of Donald J. Trump. It’s hard to feel good about a man who has spoken so disrespectfully of women, minorities, and the LGBT community, who has openly mocked the disabled, who never paid taxes for close to twenty years, maybe even longer.
That said, I want to remain open-minded. My big hope is that the Trump administration will create jobs that so many people in the U.S. desperately need and will help make healthcare more affordable for all. My other big hope is that Trump begins to publicly denounce the hate speech and hate crimes that some people in the U.S have been and are continuing to participate in. People who see this type of hateful behavior happening in their communities should speak out against it. No one should be made to feel less than human because of the color of their skin, their country of birth, their gender, whom they chose to love, or the religion they practice. No one.
Some of the wisest words I’ve read about the election and where to go from here come from Bernie Sanders. His most recent Op-Ed piece in the New York Times sums up the election eloquently and asks important questions:
“I am saddened, but not surprised, by the outcome. It is no shock to me that millions of people who voted for Mr. Trump did so because they are sick and tired of the economic, political and media status quo.”
“President-elect Trump is right: The American people want change. But what kind of change will he be offering them? Will he have the courage to stand up to the most powerful people in this country who are responsible for the economic pain that so many working families feel, or will he turn the anger of the majority against minorities, immigrants, the poor and the helpless?”
“Will he have the courage to stand up to Wall Street, work to break up the “too big to fail” financial institutions and demand that big banks invest in small businesses and create jobs in rural America and inner cities?”
“Rest assured, there is no compromise on racism, bigotry, xenophobia and sexism. We will fight it in all its forms, whenever and wherever it re-emerges.”
“Let’s rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and create millions of well-paying jobs…Let’s reform an economic system that enables billionaires like Mr. Trump not to pay a nickel in federal income taxes. And most important, let’s end the ability of wealthy campaign contributors to buy elections.”
I also loved the comedian Dave Chapelle’s recent words, “I will give Trump a chance. I hope he gives our people a chance too.” Watch his brilliant monologue on SNL, which might make you a little uncomfortable but will surely bring a smile to your face.