#MicroblogMondays: Make America Kind Again.

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I’m really scared about this election – in a way I haven’t been ever before.  I’ve been struggling to find the words for why it’s been so hard since the first Trump sign went up in my town. A lot of it has to do with his treatment of women and the reminder that I’m vulnerable because I’m female, yes.

But this photo, and Michael Rowe’s words with it, gets to the heart of the matter.

n-trump-rally-628x314I have no doubt that the people in the photograph — like the man with his arm around his son — attend churches, love their families, love their country, and think of themselves as good, patriotic, decent Americans, but the facts are what they are, and that is occasionally one of the differences between photojournalism and posed portraiture.

The genius of Donald Trump’s campaign is that he has successfully channeled the worst aspects of the American psyche — greed, resentment, rage, intolerance, bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and rancid nationalism — and repackaged them as patriotic virtues. He has done so in a way that opens infected wounds that have been festering for more than two centuries, calling it “making America great again.”

I have spent much of the past year alternately shaking my head at how people can believe in a man who actually seems delusional to me… and fighting an inutterable sadness that we keep buying into the story that keeps us on opposite sides of each other. It’s us or them, we think. They are trying to keep us down, and we need to put THEM down so we can win.

There is just so much hate right now.

Let me say something then.

(Actually, I’m screaming this, so loudly my throat hurts.)

IT NEVER EVER HAS BEEN US OR THEM. NEVER.

There is no “other.”

We are all human.

We love our children and want the best for them.

We’re all scared of the crazy fucking world out there.

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In less than 48 hours, we will have a new President-elect.

Like Mel, I am scared and worried; I also don’t know if we’ve done enough to ensure that greed, resentment, rage, intolerance, bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and rancid nationalism doesn’t win. I’m terrified of Trump’s America. With him at the helm, there’s no chance for us to bridge our distance and come together.

And I’m also scared and worried because even if Hillary Clinton does win the presidency, that greed, resentment, rage, intolerance, bigotry, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and rancid nationalism will still exist.

No matter what happens tomorrow, please, please, PLEASE – let’s be kind to one another.

We have so much work to do, so many problems to tackle as a nation, and the only way we can do it is if we are together.

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3 Responses to #MicroblogMondays: Make America Kind Again.

  1. Journeywoman says:

    Brilliant.
    Absolutely brilliant.

    I have a friend–cousin really–who is voting for Trump. I don’t get it. One of her grandparents (not my relative) was a holocaust survivor. She has a black son-in-law. She has daughters. Yet she is a proud Trump supporter. I am aghast.

    Yet I am also aghast how people say to me that I should drop all contact with her. When my mother was dying, she came to help take care of her. She came and read to my mother when my mother was too weak to hold the books herself and these old Barbara Cartland romances aren’t available on Audible. She’d always stop in the middle of a sentence and say, “Okay, that’s enough for today. I’ll come and read to you tomorrow so you find out what happens.”

    It will never be us or them. It will always be those who want to work to solve problems and those who want to blame others for them. And sometimes everyone falls into both categories.

    Sorry to get long winded. Hope the election goes well.

  2. Sherri Smith says:

    It was slow progress, but we were getting somewhere with the kindness thing.
    It wasn’t much, but yet it is so much to lose.

  3. Risa says:

    It’s ugly on social media. I don’t really support Hillary, but Trump… I’m terrified of his winning. What has always shocked me is the women who stand behind him. I don’t get it.

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