Not sure how much appetite there is for this, but just in case folks need to vent, here is a thread.
Millions of people are pouring out their emotions on the Internet about this electoral result. The anxiety and fear is understandable. So is the resentment.
I know there are people I like who voted for him. They still regard themselves as decent people even though they have done so. Those who view Trump more like I do wonder how these seemingly decent people can be so reckless with their vote, ignoring his belligerence, his incessant lying, his degradation of women, and his stated intent to discriminate against people based on their religious beliefs, and still regard themselves as good citizens and good people.
Somehow, for a lot of them, I believe it comes down to holding the inconsistent ideas that he’s somehow a “straight shooter” while, at the same time, believing that he doesn’t mean what he says. Then they project their hopes to conjure up a vision of what he “really” intends to do. It’s all well and good for a fairly privileged white guy like myself to spend my time worrying about understanding my fellow white (mostly male) voters. A lot of legal and governmental mischief can be worked before I feel it in any direct way. There are plenty of citizens who will, understandably, not give a shit what kind of fever dream turns the reality of Trump into something remotely acceptable as an electoral choice. These citizens live closer to the edge and will be the first ones to get hurt when Trump’s lack of understanding and/or lack of emotional discipline has tragic consequences.
For the people on the front line, I don’t have too much to offer. As Joe Hill said, “don’t mourn, organize.” For the privileged among us, I can say from prior experience, that disengaging from media and focusing on your immediate circumstances can offer some comfort. When you spend time worrying about national or international media (be it traditional television, social media, or whatever), it’s entirely possible to miss the joy of life all around you in the form of family, friends, community, home, hobbies, and whatever else is close at hand that brings happiness. In fact, the profitability of that media pretty much depends on it. As it happens, this blog was born of my despondency over the 2004 election. I disengaged for a week or two, thought about my interests, and then re-engaged with the creation of “Masson’s Blog,” focusing more on state issues and specific legislation. Whatever else has happened, this blog has brought me a great deal of joy over the years. Negative events often contain the seeds of something good. We should still try to avoid the negative, but when it comes, try to avoid despair. As Bruce Cockburn said, you’ve gotta kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight.
Anyway, that’s all I have for the moment.