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Now What?

Okay, so here we are and it sucks.

We’ve managed to elect a president who doesn’t respect us, who looks down on us, and who has said degrading things about people on national TV, and still won. It looks bleak.

I understand why people voted for him. The dems have not been ‘connecting’ with people. Beyoncé and Jay-Z and Lady Gaga and a million other stars aren’t ‘us.’ They’ve never been us. We know that. And what America wants is incredibly simple. We want to have enough money to live comfortably. We want to not live in fear. We want to feel like our government represents us.

I gotta tell you, I love Obama, but the Democratic party doesn’t represent us. Neither does the Republican, of course. It represents a small part of us. And sadly, when we get down to the brass tacks of the election, we’re given an ultimate choice. We vote for the person who most aligns with us. A big problem with Trump is that some of the things he said resonated.

For example. Obama has not brought in the jobs as promised. There are reasons for this, of course. The President doesn’t have the power to declare fiat and do what he wants. He has to work with the House and the Senate. That’s why we’re short a Supreme Court Justice right now. The Senate won’t do their job and vote on the nomination. Awesome. Thanks.

While I understand the reasons why Obama has been less effectual than I’d like, the reality is that because of these things, he’s the figurehead of people who are still out of work. He’s the face of our government. So when people can’t get a job, or their kids can’t pay for college, it’s Obama’s fault. And the Democrats? They say things like “We’re gonna make college free!” and “We’re gonna fix the economy!” But they don’t seem to be listening.

And then along comes Trump. And when people shout “We have no jobs!” Trump replies “I too have had no jobs. I hate that too. I’m gonna fix it.” It doesn’t matter that he has no plan, it matters that he had a connection. A response that made people feel heard.

On top of that, he went to the age old ploy of it’s easier to hate. No money? Blame the Jews! No jobs? Blame the immigrants! Kids dying in a war? Blame the terrorists! Why not combine them all and blame the religious immigrants, call them terrorists, and people have something to hold on to. People can say “Yes! It’s not us it’s them.”

The Cold War was pretty much based on the idea that we could get everyone on the same side if they had someone to hate. Life was, in many ways, simpler when we could hate the Commies, after all. But we couldn’t. Because we saw past it. We asked Mr. Gorbachev to tear down that wall. We saw glasnost and perestroika and a unified Berlin and a collapse of the USSR.

We saw change.

Right now, it’s all terrifying. We’ve elected a man who mocked a disabled reporter on TV. We’ve elected a man who thinks locker room talk that degrades women is okay. We’ve elected a man who’s never served our country a day in his life. We’ve elected a man who thinks electrocuting gay kids is okay. We’ve elected a man who wants to build a wall.

We’ve seen how well walls work.

Now that you’re all depressed, what now?

Guess what! There are things you can do, even if you’re scared to go out and protest.

  1. Put your money where your mouth is. Donate.
  2. Put your mouth where your heart is. Speak up.
  3. Put your heart where your time is. Volunteer.

And that’s what the point of “Holy Fuck! The Election!” is. It’s to help you figure out where to go, what to do, and how to do it.

If you’re a heterosexual, cisgender, white male, and you think that our current state of affairs is deplorable, please speak up. When you see something wrong, say something. Go to protests. Support. Be there. Don’t just sit back and think someone else will fix it. Be the change.