Dark Days Ahead

*****Warning****** This blog is not about hiking – if you think you will be offended by this political post, stop reading now!

Yesterday as I fought the fog in my head and the darkness of the early morning, I prepared for a very long day of working the polls.  At my polling place, we encountered several issues during set-up, but managed to get all the kinks worked out with one minute to spare before the polls opened.

Within the first half hour we already had 100 voters!  It was a steady stream until noon, then it came and went in spurts.  This was my precinct – my neighborhood was all there and we were smiling and laughing and optimistically hoping for the first woman to become our President.

When the polls closed and we got the final tally, I was terrified to see that Clinton had won by only a handful of votes.  Even though this is a small portion of overall voters, it felt like an omen.  And indeed, it was.

Today we woke up to the realization that the following things are true:

  • Bullies win
  • Racism is alive and well in America
  • Women don’t matter
  • Black lives don’t matter
  • There is no global warming (or science for that matter)
  • The more outrageous you are, the better chance you have that the 24 hour news media will give you full coverage and help you get elected.
  • And, the Donald was correct when he said “I could shoot someone on 5th Ave and still get elected.”

He won by promising to make “your” life better!  The only life he is concerned with is his own.  “Trust Me” was his mantra.  Well, we will see how that wall goes, how world conflicts get resolved, and how his bankruptcy experience helps him balance our budget.

With the Republican party controlling the House, the Senate, and the Presidency; and with the Supreme Court hanging by a thread, I wonder if democracy can survive.

On the bright side – apparently you no longer have to be qualified to perform important jobs, so I think I will go remove someone’s appendix.

WTF – this is my worst nightmare!

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12 thoughts on “Dark Days Ahead

  1. I disagree. My worst nightmare would be the loss of a loved one or a beloved pet. A nightmare would be something catastrophic, that disrupted life as I know it. I am thankful for life in a great country where we are free to choose our leaders. Indeed, if one chooses to believe they are in dark days and feed on fear and drama, that is probably the experience that will emerge. “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” Thich Nhat Hanh

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      1. I understand. I did not vote for Obama, but the day after that first election I decided that if the majority had ruled, then I would do my best to get along. At the end of the day, we move on and do the best we can. You will do great… get out there with nature as you do, and soak up the wonderment and loveliness that only Mother Nature can bring. 🙂 It’s been healing for me.

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    1. With all due respect, Lori, it is pretty obvious that this post is about politics. OF COURSE, one of our worst nightmares would be to lose a loved one. That goes without saying.
      It is however a post about grieving.
      A less than majority vote has elected a man via the Electoral College who is a narcissistic, misogynistic, racist, bully. This is not about Repubs / Dems and whether or not someone likes Clinton or Obama. This is about a completely unfit man serving as the leader of the US. I would not have voted for him no matter which party he was candidate for.
      This post is about grieving. Something the majority of voters in the US are doing right now, and Karen, I support your right to grieve, and to do so publicly.
      Thank you for your service on Election Day.

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  2. You’ve so perfectly captured my feelings this morning. We were a polling place on Tuesday. I voted wearing white. I thought Hillary would win and that my first vote for a woman candidate running for president would be a victorious one. I had hope for our country. How could he win?

    I feel like someone died. The sense of grief and loss is palpable.

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    1. That is so cool that you run a polling place in your garage. I don’t know how this happened, I’m still in shock and grief. I too, thought I would be experiencing history. I guess we have to “go high” and work together to make sure we don’t move too far backward. I have to believe that our democracy will survive – I think it’s the unknown that scares us the most. I’m taking the rest of the day to be sad and tomorrow I plan to get up and start fighting to keep the rights we have worked so hard to get. Hugs from one coast to the other!

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