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In my thirty-seven years of participating in the United States democratic process, I have been satisfied with some results and disappointed with others. Never have I been sick-to-my-stomach-afraid. Until now.crowd-of-purple-minions

Afraid for my LGBTQ friends.

Afraid for my friends of color.

Afraid for all of us women.

Afraid for our veterans.

Afraid for our seniors.

Afraid for us non-Christians.

Afraid for the homeless, and the mentally ill, and the disadvantaged, and the drought stricken parts of the planet where climate change is doing its worst damage because it snowed in New York so it’s all really just a liberal hoax.

Afraid the majority made a terrible mistake.

I know there are those among my circles of family and friends that don’t understand why I feel this way. They are convinced the right choice was made. They see a savvy business entrepreneur where I see a vacuous conman. They see a return to “traditional values,” where I see a regression in human rights. They see a bright future led by a charismatic leader, where I see Germany in the 1930’s. They see me being a liberal stooge who has bought into the rhetoric of a stronger tomorrow together, and I see them buying into the hateful conspiracy theories force fed them by the liars at False News. Neither side seems to be able to see the middle ground.

I was hoping for the universe of Star Trek, but instead we’re getting the Hunger Games. All the people who literally died to help gain equal rights for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community are spinning in their graves right now.

I’m sorry if you’re one of the people who can’t see why what just happened here is scary as shit. I’m sorry facts mean nothing anymore, why screaming a lie at the top of your voice over and over again carries more meaning than the truth brought out over years and millions of dollars worth of investigations. I’m sorry hate and fear and anger seems to have won out over love and hopefulness and kindness.

My husband has said this is just the death throw of the extreme conservative right, kicking and screaming on their way out the door. He may be right, but I’m looking at 50 years of civil progress that could be undone in the next few years by those kicks and screams – as people who believe in gay conversion therapy, that women should be punished for having an abortion but the guy who was also involved goes on his way unharmed, that God wrote the Constitution, are now in charge. If you’re a white, Christian male, you’ll be fine. But I wanted EVERYBODY to be fine, and this year’s election results leave little hope of that.

So I’m going to be afraid and angry for a while. I’m going to hug all my friends and family who may be threatened by the Trumpocalypse, and cry a little to wash all the anxiety chemicals away.

But I won’t just lie down and take it. I’m a writer, and words have power. And this Crone will be using her power for good. It’s even more important now that we stick together and voice our beliefs and fight for what we think is right. It is not the time for violence, but it is the time for action. I will write, I will vote, I will stand in peaceful protest – whatever I can do to make my beliefs known and to support those of like mind. I invite you to join me, however you can.

And to those who think you have “won” and put us liberals in our place:

  • Be careful what you wish for…
  • Never piss off a Witch…

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