Saturday, November 12, 2016

Make America Hate Again

I’ve been having a hard time sleeping lately. I’ve always been a light sleeper. 6 or 7 continuous hours is a lot of sleep for me. Rare. I dozed off at about 11:00 on election night. Heidi woke me at 1 to give me the news that Trump had been elected. No more sleep that night.

It’s not a Republican/Democrat thing. My worries are quite simple. We have elected a man to the highest position who is a hater. I am not overstating it. Everyone knows it. He proclaims it. He has confessed (no, bragged) about being a sexual predator.

And he was elected to be the president of the United States.

He is clueless about world affairs (he didn’t know that Russia had invaded the Ukraine when he swore that it wouldn’t happen under his watch). And he will be handed the nuclear codes.

He declared climate a change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese to get an advantage over the US in manufacturing. Yet, he and his administration (Sarah Palin – climate change denier - for Secretary of the Interior?!) will set policies concerning the environment.

He is the biggest, unapologetic liar in public, who somehow thinks that if he denies something he said that was recorded and played over and over that his lie will become truth. That's called pathological. One small example is that in 2002 he told Howard Stern (remember that it is recorded) that he supported the war. He said over and over in the recent debates that he never supported the war. The entire world cringes at his lack of integrity. But he is the most powerful man in the world.

Trump’s outward hate-fueled mistrust of people of color, of immigrants, of Muslims has launched the kind of open hostility that was ever present at his rallies. Just Google hate crimes, trump and see what comes up.

We have good friends who came to America years ago as refugees from a Kenyan refugee camp. These hard working, lovely people told us that within days of Trump’s election that they were threatened and harassed. A friend from Costa Rica said that she and her immigrant friends are scared of what’s to come and that she never is more than a few feet from her green card.

Make America Great Again?!

Here are a few of the MANY examples of hate that have emerged in our country over the past few days. The language is graphic, the threat of violence is real. Not one for the kiddies…

Trump can show some courage and make a loud statement to his followers to end the hatred. Trump can demonstrate how tough he is by working to reign in some of the venom he and his supporters have unleashed. Trump can have some fortitude and be a leader who truly stands up for all Americans like he said he would in his acceptance speech. Think he’ll do it?

Make America Great Again?!

On Tuesday morning at 1 AM I woke up to a different America than I ever knew or remembered. I woke up to an America where evangelical Christians I know justify this election with their faith.

Really? I am proud to say that I am a Christian. But now I feel the need to qualify it by saying that I am a Red Letter Christian. Because I do not belong in the same faith group as the 80 (+) % of self-proclaimed evangelicals who supported Trump. Not even close.

I’ve been complacent lately. In my white privileged way I have not done enough to make this world a better place. Sure, I voted. But that isn’t enough. I know this blog won’t do much good with its 50 or so readers every post. But I will write. I will speak out. I will sing. I will remind us in every way I can who we elected as president, who he was and who he is.

If you read and you appreciate – please leave a comment. If you don’t appreciate it, please leave a comment. If you want to rebut anything, feel free.

I love my country. But right now, I am embarrassed by what we’ve done.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Here's Why We Grieve Today

When I woke up yesterday it was to a different world, a different way of thinking about who we are as a nation. I was ashamed of us. I recited the Pledge with my second graders - and it made me tear up. We - most of us - voted for a man we KNOW to be despicable, a man we wouldn't want our daughters to date or to teach our sons. We voted for a man who is outwardly a racist, who mocks those who are handicapped, who insults women and laughs about it. 

I read this piece by John Pavlovitz and he said it so clearly that I reposted it here. Please read his words. His blog is on my scroll. Add it to yours.

Here’s Why We Grieve Today

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Trump vs. Emails

As we near the election, I am as worried as ever about our country. Just can't help it. Too much at stake. I can hardly believe that his has become a contest. I received an email from my sister - written by her good friend Dan. here it is.

Clinton emails. Trump admitting sexual assault. Clinton emails. Trump charity fraud. Clinton emails. Trump calls for nuclear proliferation. Clinton emails. Trump calls for national stop and frisk. Clinton emails. Trump violates trade embargo with Cuba. Clinton emails. Trump sued over Trump University fraud. Clinton emails. Trump bribes DA. Clinton emails. Trump doesn't pay taxes for 20 years. Clinton emails. Trump employs campaign manager involved in illegal corruption with Russia. Clinton emails. Trump calls for ban of an entire religion from entering US. Clinton emails. Trump lied about support for Iraq War over and over in debate. Clinton emails. Trump in court for rape of a minor. Clinton emails. Trump unaware of Russia's Crimea occupation. Clinton emails. Trump unaware of situation in Syria. Clinton emails. Trump penalized for racist housing discrimination. Clinton emails. Trump files for bankruptcy 6 times. Clinton emails. Trump goes 0-3 in debates by showing scant knowledge of world politics. Clinton emails. Trump slams people for being POWs. Clinton emails. Trump calls Mexicans rapists. Clinton emails. Trump questions judge's integrity because of parent's heritage. Clinton emails. Trump deletes emails involved in casino scandal. Clinton emails. Trump commits insurance fraud after Florida hurricane. Clinton emails. Trump has dozens of assault victims and witnesses come forward with allegations of abuse. Clinton emails. Trump attacks former Ms. Universe for being overweight. Clinton emails. Trump tweets about sex tapes at 3am. Clinton emails. Trump calls for US citizens to be sent to Gitmo. Clinton emails. Trump calls for more extreme forms of torture to be used. Clinton emails. Trump asks why cant we use our nukes if we have them. Clinton emails. Trump calls for offensive bombing attack on sovereign nations because someone gave the middle finger. Clinton emails. Trump calls to kill women and children of suspected terrorists. Clinton emails. Trump says women should be punished for having abortions. Clinton emails. Trump makes fun of disabled people. Clinton emails. Trump calls for end of freedom of the press. Clinton emails. Trump calls global warming a Chinese hoax. Clinton emails. Trump praises Putin and Kim Jong Un's strong leadership. Clinton emails. Trump openly admits to not paying his employees during debate. Clinton emails. Trump calls Obama an illegitimate noncitizen hundreds of times over 7 years. Clinton emails. Trump uses campaign donations to enrich his own businesses. Clinton emails. Trump says Ted Cruz involved in JFK assassination unironically citing National Enquirer. Clinton emails. Trump says laziness is an inherent trait in black people. Clinton emails.
Does that about sum up the last couple of months?

What has our nation come to when we consider a madman for president? If Hillary wins - which I pray for - What has happened to us that Trump has even gotten close to the nuclear codes?

I honestly fear for our children's future.