Wednesday, November 09, 2016
No Canada For Me
I didn't go to the polls yesterday convinced Hillary Clinton would win. I know better than to believe in a "sure thing," But I had hoped it would go her way, which in my opinion was the sane way.
I am very disappointed in my fellow Americans, that they would choose someone spouting hate and division at every opportunity. A man who vows to build walls and to deport immigrants. A man backed by white supremacists.
I am an old fat straight white lady born in the USA. Trump will not go after me. I'm not on his personal hit list. Not even sexually since I'm probably a 1 on his attractiveness scale, if I even made it at all. But I worry for my friends who are gay, foreign born, of different religions, minorities. I worry about the impact a Donald Trump attitude will have on our young women and girls. I worry about our future.
Recently I had this conversation with a friend:
Me: I'm worried that if Trump wins, he'll tank the economy and ruin my retirement plans.
Friend: I wouldn't worry, we'll all be dead by then in a nuclear war.
Yeah, then there's that.
Barring nuclear war and any other unknown tragedy or destruction of our system, in four years there will be another election. A chance to make things right and elect someone sane and stable. An opportunity to make Trump a one term president.
2020 will also be the 100 year anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote. We need to make the 2020 election count like no other.
Last night on Twitter and again this morning, a lot of people said they were leaving the USA for Canada or other places. But there was one Tweet I read where the person said hell no, he won't go. He's going to stay and fight.
And that's where I stand this morning. I'm an American and I will stay and fight any injustices I can however I can, for as long as I can. I could leave when I retire. I could easily get in my RV and slip into Canada or some other quieter place - barring nuclear war. But I won't give up the good fight, because I believe in the goodness of people and I believe in the basic goodness and structure of my country.