How can we account for the grace of Barack Hussein Obama? Obama, who, after 8 years of leading the United States beautifully, will peacefully concede the highest office in the nation to a man that has decimated the honor of our national character through a campaign of sexism, racism, homophobia, and a laundry list of other ills.
And the strength of Hillary Clinton (who I will continue to know as Madame President, mind you). What an incredible woman. (I’m so sorry the nation was not ready for you.)
As many other Americans– about half, I’m sure– I woke up this morning feeling nauseous as I watched two hateful men, Trump and Pence, receive the democratic right to lead, congress in firm control of the republicans, and the prospect of a Supreme Court tilted egregiously right…
It is easy here, of course, because Massachusetts is perhaps the most liberal of all the states, and a tolerance for other religions, races, sexual orientations, and a belief in the equality of the sexes is well maintained in state culture and law. But I woke up feeling something I can say I have honestly never felt before in my life. It was so close (so close) to the feeling that falls over one the morning after someone dear has died.
These men, Trump and Pence, have vowed to repeal the freedoms given to us in this recent progressive era. Freedoms that were long coming and hard won. They have elected to—as has been the path of the conservative establishment— deny the humanity of those who are not like them. They will take away our right to marry, they will rescind the benefits allotted to our poor and our sick, and they will even implement barbarian practices like conversion therapy if they are able. All this, after eight tumultuous years of progress.
It is easy, in such a time as this, to be overwhelmed by fear. The world, after all, has watched America like it watches over no other country, and it has seen us go down a very dark path. It is a mistake, however, to think that in the long struggle between good and evil (yes, that is the struggle we are in) we have reached a finale. All the disenfranchised of the nation took a blow to the heart last night, but if we are careful and smart, as I know we are, we will rise united against the forces that seek to control and oppress us.
I will always be proud and feel honored to have lived through the presidency of Barack Obama. And I know I will be proud to have fought through the rule of Trump.