I was eleven years old when John Fitzgerald Kennedy was elected to be the first Catholic President. In 2008, I cast my vote for Barack Obama, the first Black President of our country. But no election has had such a powerful effect on me as this one. We could have our first woman president tomorrow, and this is monumental.
This morning Charley and I went to the poles to vote. It made me feel awesome to be a woman voting for another woman to break that ultimate glass ceiling – the Presidency of the United States of America.
For those bloggers from other countries, you probably do not realize how hard and long American women have had to fight for the same rights given to men over the years in this “democratic” country. I totally agree with anyone and everyone who are crying out for change. And I firmly believe women will bring about the change needed along with the men who respect, support and love them.
Yes, I’m a feminist and today I’m publicly thanking Donald Trump for bringing women together unlike any time I can remember in my 67 years. His disrespect, his insults, his disgusting behavior toward women who do not fit his vision of “attractive” inflamed something inside all of us. He created an awesome monster and this “Nasty Women Coalition” will not be going back to the laboratory any time soon.
I’m thanking the buffoon for making the citizens of this country aware of how important it is to pay attention. Attention to primaries, to national debates, to the need of getting out to vote. I watched on television today, as young people walked out of their high schools to go into neighborhoods in Phoenix, Arizona and knock on doors to get people to the polls. In this Republican stronghold, they shouted out against Trump and against the local sheriff running for office (a Trump supporter) as they walked along the sidewalks. These young people, many who are Hispanic, will be voting in the next Presidential election. The demographics are changing. In the words of Bob Dylan, “The times, they are a changin’ “. And it’s about time in this country.
As you can imagine, we are glued to the television tonight watching the returns. Even Roxie is listening closely to every word. We are all concerned about the path our country will be taking after these election results are in.
What I believe we can take from all we are seeing and hearing is that this is a divided country in the middle of a “peaceful” revolution. Parts of our country are extremely angry because our leaders have not paid attention to their needs. They are angry with the elitists whom they feel are really in charge.
They are not wrong. They want change. All of us who are not part of this elitist Corporatocracy want change. Unfortunately, Trump’s followers have chosen to get behind one of those elitists they hate so much, thinking he will make a change for the better. They are listening to his rhetoric. He knows exactly what they want to hear. He’s a businessman who knows how to market a product and he will say anything to make people think he empathizes with them. But his actions have shown he can’t be trusted. He will turn on the people who followed and trusted in his words. Like the cult followers of Jim Jones, they are being led to drink the green kool aid.
And so, it’s midnight. It’s been an incredibly close election and at this late hour we don’t know who will be our leader for the next four years. I’m feeling terribly disappointed because I was positive we had finally evolved into a country in which a competent, experienced, hard-working woman could become President. Obviously, it’s still a man’s world and we have a long way to go to bring this nation together.
Just maybe our country has to fall apart before it can be pieced, bit by bit, back together again? Time will tell.