Making it better

Just realized that it is hopeless. For a year I have been waiting for the Republican party to stand up and do what is right, to stick up for their stated values, to stand firm with their own moral code. To at least stand for their Christian values of kindness and charity. Donald Trump is not a Republican, he’s a mean and heartless man, and I’ve never been able to believe that they could not stand firm.

It’s now hopeless. Without the Republican party standing up for unity, truth, justice and statesmanship we are left in the grip of a population whipped into a rage.

Alexander Hamilton forgot one major thing when he created the Electoral College. He didn’t realize what it is like to be trapped inside a population that is whipped into a state of “cabal, intrigue, and corruption” enough to elect a demagogue as president. He didn’t realize that lies would be rampant, that people would believe anything that their demagogue told them, he had no idea about Twitter!

He didn’t realize that the party, that had also be hijacked by the demagogue, would cave in the quest for power. Powerful people would support him in the quest of their own power. Money would follow him. It would be a black hole.

The thing is that Trump supporters will do and believe anything he tells them… and he can tell them in seconds through his Twitter account. He won this election through the smallest margins possible, and brags that it is the biggest victory in history… they believe him. If the press brings in some fact checking they shout that the press is corrupted and liars. It’s a completed trap.

So if something should happen that makes it so Trump is not inaugurated on January 20th there will be a huge riot. They will be mad, and they have guns! They will target the weakest amongst us and it will be very, very ugly. If Trump does not stand down, and it’s unlikely that he will, he will whip his supporters into the worse bloodbath we’ve ever seen in our country.

I’m afraid.

On the other hand, if Trump is inaugurated we will face a disaster to our values, our freedoms, and our planet’s future. It’s also morally wrong not to stand up against repression, ugliness, and prejudice just because we are afraid.

We are hopelessly in the grips of this heartless and cruel man.

Strangely enough, this realization is a relief. I can stop reaching for hope. It’s very much like receiving a diagnosis of cancer. It means that I have to stop fearing for the future and determine to face each day with strength, grace and intelligence. I need to plan for things to not go well, and yet stay engaged with my community. I need to constantly work to find ways to express myself that will create good outcomes.

This is a fatal flaw in the structure of the Electoral College. We need to give every person in our population an equal vote. The people did get it right this time to the tune of 2.6 million votes ahead for Hillary Clinton. We can’t let the frustrations of middle America rule our country any longer. But this time… our only hope is to start moving in a direction that calms the fears and anger. Do our best to preserve individual freedoms and rule of law. Let the flames die down.


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