Monday, December 19, 2016
I can't. I won't. It does no good.
But that doesn't mean that the United States is filled with nearly 63,000,000 voters who think this was OK. They just didn't think it was disqualifying.
Likewise, I don't believe that each of the nearly 63,000,000 voters who chose Trump over Clinton are misogynistic, racist and xenophobic. I can't believe that. I refuse to believe it.
Latinos voted for Trump. Are they racist xenophobes? Women voted for Trump. Are they misogynists? Of course not. There has to be something else going on here.
My doctor -- a smart woman -- believes many votes were swayed by "kitchen table issues," specifically an economy that has felt stagnant to many middle-class working whites. She doesn't think it's an accident that Obamacare and open enrollment took place concurrently with early voting.
Joe Biden, certainly no racist/xenophobe, feels that the Democratic Party forgot middle-class working whites. I can see where they may have felt alienated and misunderstood by their choices on the blue side of the ballot: the establishment elite and the self-proclaimed socialist. I admit I was sorry that Hillary and Bernie were my only two choices. Though I found nothing disqualifying about either of them, and because I'm a party girl who believes the Democratic Party is about inclusion, I knew I would support whoever my party nominated. But neither of them stirred my soul and I really wished my party had a deeper bench.
At any rate, I cannot get up each morning with the conviction that 63,000,000 of my fellow Americans are bad. It's not true. And besides, it does no good.
We have to learn to talk to each other -- to listen to each other -- without judgement. We have to remember what Barack Obama said back in 2004, that what unites us is greater than what divides us. We have to figure out how to move forward in a productive way.
So I'm sick of all the apocalyptic social media droning and whining. We don't have to have social unrest and riots. It is not our destiny. We can change it. By reaching out and trying to make things better. By trying to understand.