I probably will not be writing a Friday Fictioneer again this week. Sorry guys! This is also probably one of the most political thing I’ll say on this blog for the next four years (unless something super crazy happens like world war 3). It’s sad, it’s boring, it’s preachy (ish), so feel free to skip the whole thing. I’ll probably post some nerdy fangirl cute crap later today to lighten the mood, so, at least there’s that.
It’s a pretty hectic and depressing day in America, at least in the corners that I visit. It’s not the fact that Trump won itself that got me down, but everyone around me are crying, grieving, and preparing for the worst. One of my s.o.’s bosses is fed up enough to thinking of going into politics himself (he’s from Ohio), another one is just super disappointed in the entire thing and raging, and these are folks with an education and good jobs who doesn’t talk about politics at all. The blogsphere is going crazy (The Mary Sue has put out a really sobering and grim article on what trans people should do now because ACA will probably be repealed and LGBT rights probably will be revoked). I have gay friends, women friends, minority friends, immigrant friends (from Europe and Asia, mostly), and educated white friends all up and down the income line. So, yeah, people generally are pretty damn upset.
I myself am not all doom-and-gloom, yet. I am a woman of color but I am not queer, not poor, not Muslim, have good health, am an American citizen, and live in Southern California, where weed apparently just got legalized last night. I’m also part of the “good” minorities, to put it in a very crude but realistic term. My mother actually think Trump might be better for the country we’re originally from because Hillary is very vocally anti-“us,” just like Bill was. My s.o. predicted a Trump victory because he thinks the media is too optimistic and there are a lot of white people in America, and a significant portion are so disillusioned by the system that they’ll just not show up to vote or vote for Trump to stick a middle finger to the system as a whole, which is probably what happened last night that lead to a Trump victory. The Democratic party also ran a bad campaign. I don’t think Bernie Sanders would’ve won, either, but they should’ve put out more delegates, and also do better at uniting the Democratic party to go vote, because Republicans certainly have (it doesn’t matter how they got them mobilized, it just matter that they did.)
So life goes on and probably will not change much for people like me, who falls just outside of disaffected group enough to be considered maybe lucky. I do worry about abortion rights in the future because I might have female children, and continued global warming denial, and America going to a full economic depression, and on the really, really unlikely chance Trump do declare war on some notable U.S. “enemies”, my family will get interned like they did with the Japanese in WWII. But, you know, I could also be hit by a car tomorrow and become paraplegic and therefore become disabled and bankrupt from the expensive medical bills and then die. That has an equal chance of happening with the rest of the doomsday scenarios I listed. So I can’t worry about that every day. Right now no one knows how Trump will run the country, because frankly I don’t think he knows how to proceed either. So it’s still a huge unknown, and not confirmed WWIII, yet.
As for folks who’re terrified of a Republican president, House, Senate, and Supreme Court, remember that we already had that in 2003 during Bush Jr.’s term, post 9/11. Since then we’ve had a full recession, a long decentralized war, a Black president, a step toward not-ridiculous healthcare, gay marriage, and legalization of weed in many states. The pendulum will always swing back and forth in the two-party system, especially in an America with such a stark difference in demographics and opinion. Overall we’re getting more progressive, all the time, just like the stock market will always go up. The large dips set us back but we’ll recover. Don’t lose hope and just do what you do everyday, but maybe have a bit more compassion for people completely unlike you, on both side of the spectrum, because, like it or not, almost exactly half of the US population are in that category, and you can’t just dismiss them all as ignorant fools.