That's the only way I can describe the election results. How can this have happened? This is so troubling on so many levels. I just don't know how to begin to describe my concerns, except to say, anyone who voted for this nutjob voted to make America meaner, nastier, and a much more scary place because of him and the mindset to which he has catered. It truly is a horrible result.
There is a columnist at The Guardian, Jessica Valenti, who is a real strong feminist - and progressive. She has two very recent columns that express so much of what I've been feeling:
The pre-election column
And the quite new, post-election column . From the article: "The truth is that this shameful election result was backlash, pure and simple – a reaction to women’s growing rights, racial progress and a cultural shift that no longer centers straight white men. They were votes based on fear, bigotry and ugliness." That does NOT mean I wish to throw anyone under the bus, but that as one commenter at commondreams pointed out in comments to their original election result article, nonwhites that voted Democratic were certainly not all upper or even middle class. Who propelled this horrible result?
Valenti goes on with a note of hope and ends: "And that we owe it to ourselves and our country not to let fear stop us now. Not ever."
I'll tell you today, I can use all the hope anyone can throw out. Yes, it's that bad. Segway to: John Nichols and a fine article at commondreams with some ideas.
It certainly is a dark moment. I just hope - and pray - we can make it through.
Jon Swartz at The Intercept has a good article about what to do next .
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