It was Sunny and 70 Degrees in Seattle on Election Day 2016. That should have triggered that things were off. Many women excitedly accepted the secret pantsuit challenge on Social Media. Yes and well women… agreeing to wear pants suits?……In Seattle that is unnatural-our closets are filled with yoga pants, 100 dollar pairs of jeans and cute sneakers. A wardrobe that rarely calls for hairspray or heels. But, to nominate a woman in the highest office in the US? We’ll do anything. For the future of wage equality for our young daughters, we’ll do anything! We didn’t just embrace that we would finally elect a woman, we happily played the “woman card” saying rich educated men can no longer be in charge of us! But as much as we said “hell no” to men being experts on foreign security, and women being experts on baking pies, the rest of United States didn’t feel that way.
If America looked to the office of a presidency akin to selecting which blind date to pick on Match.com they wanted reckless abandonment, not the nice guy.
I know it hurts democrats, it does. But rest assured, we survived 9-11, we can survive negative leadership. Our Grandparents survived an America that oppressed blacks, and we just had two lovely terms that defined our level of humanity, open, progressive and fine with a kick ass, black president who showed not only is he good at basketball, he is good at promoting peace and promoting affordable living while reminding us how desperate we are to avoid battle and how eloquent a black man in the highest office can be when graced with speaking to our nation. What we stand for is indeed change and that is apparent no matter your party affiliation. Americans have that in common-They want change for the better. Although with it they have espoused that Money is more important than even good manners!? That men are indeed viewed as more powerful than women.
Americans are complacent, uninspired and ready for a revolt. They want spirited politics and loud change. They need conflict because conflict demands change, it doesn’t ask politely. Americans want to rip the Band aid off and they want a Band Aid that they can afford. They don’t want you to judge how they pay for it either or whether they sell guns for a living or build buildings with Chinese steal they just want to feel they are getting ahead. They want to be ahead and they don’t want to be asked how they got there. They want to feel like someone is boss of them again. They want someone who is rich and powerful –even if their banter is as shockingly powerful as Hitler’s was, they want a loud leader and they seem desperate to be led? Americans aren’t convinced this is really the land of the free and the home of the brave? Americans don’t feel brave and don’t feel like they are being told the truth. They want to believe Edward Snowden is a hero for going against his government and for finally convincing them to start demanding the truth?
There is one prevailing feeling in America right now, fear. They fear going to the airport, they fear going to school, they fear going to church, they fear being gay they fear being deported, they fear never affording a home. They are angry and not feeling patriotic. What this means is fire the cannons. And the Republicans just did. They are yelling-Stir the politics. No one wants to simmer any longer. What it means to American Democrats? It’s no time to wallow in defeat, but rather it is time to fight harder. Don’t read about it, volunteer for it. Don’t donate to the Veteran’s services, go to work for them. Don’t speak on the behalf of mental illness, gun violence, doing away with the electorate, in favor of the popular vote, get all your democratic alliances together in your very community to write a bill to make these issues top priority. Be inspired locally and keep your democratic roots deep.
We are growing our kind of America too slowly. We need to grow it with our actions. IF this were a garden, we can’t plant Annuals, cause they are pretty, we must plant Perennials cause they will come back year to year. Change and equality is a common goal. Embrace it no matter your political affiliations.