Yesterday I needed to talk about unity and so I did; I still need to today, but this time I’m talking to myself. Unity will not be easy simply because unity lost; diversity and inclusion lost, the people lost. However, this is what the majority of American’s wanted, so I have to live in it and accept these results. I have to keep my optimism for this country. I have to believe that goodness will prevail. I have to have hope. Eventually these things will come, but today is not that day. Today I’m disappointed and scared and sorry.
I’m disappointed because I thought we could do better. I thought people would care enough about each other to not give in to fear. Boy was I wrong. The thing that disappoints me more than any thing else is people’s lack of self preservation. I have about 400 Facebook friends, and with the exception of about a dozen people, I know them all. I’d say around 90% voiced their support for President Elect Donald Trump. I know them well enough to know their situation.
For my friends who receive food stamps. What will happen in six months when the “united” executive and legislative branches cut the program because they will have no one fighting for the poor? The fact that we have had a Democrat controlled Senate and a Democrat President is the reason you can feed your families. Republicans have tried to pass bill after bill in an attempt to gut the program. All I have to say, is that hopefully the people who will be profiting off of this election, business and the very wealthy, will do what they can to support their local food banks in the years to come.
For all of my friends making minimum wage, especially in the poorer southern states where your local governments are desperate for new manufactures to move in. I hope your state will step up when the federal minimum wage vanishes and it’s up to your state to set their own. I hope your state legislature and governor doesn’t turn your, already too low, $7.50/hour pay into $5.50/hour to attract new businesses; unless, of course the reason for adding more jobs is so people can have more than one.
For my friends who have children on Tenncare, ARKids, or another CHIP program. Did you know this has been on the chopping block too? Kids healthcare is expensive. I hope there will be new programs that pay for all of those shots, doctor appointments and medications. How much is cost of amoxicillin these days? Adderall? Insulin? I honestly don’t know and I bet you don’t either. Maybe you’ll never have to find out.
For my friends who’s kids get free or reduced lunch at school. Again, I hope the food banks stay stocked. With your new, state set, minimum wage, it will be hard to buy all the extra food needed to send your kids to school with a full lunch box.
For my friends who’s kids go to daycare. I’m sorry you didn’t see the need for that to cost less, especially knowing what could happen to your paycheck.
I honestly, sincerely hope these things don’t happen. I hope that congress will want to help the american people – even if it’s just because they want to hold on to their seats in the mid-terms. I hope they care more for the people than we did, but I’m scared.
I’m scared that racism and violence will increase. I’m scared that hate for those who are on the margins will destroy lives and lead to atrocities. I’m scared that I won’t be able to afford health insurance in 2018 and if you read http://wp.me/p84ZbE-g you’ll know why.
Some will say that if I’m a Christian I should be happy, not scared because now abortion will be abolished. It won’t, and if it happens to come to pass, congratulations. You will have finally accomplished your goal of having an untold number of babies in homes without the resources to feed, provide adequate healthcare for, or educate them; remember, no health insurance = no vaccines = no school. When rates of preventable childhood diseases rise and children start dying from lack of adequate care, I will mourn with you . That will not be the time to divide us more with I told you so’s.
Finally, I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all the people who are not white, christian males. I’m sorry African Americans. I’m sorry that the police will no longer be questioned when they step out of line. I’m sorry Muslims. I’m sorry that your freedom of religion will be challenged. Keep the faith; I will pray that God blesses you. I’m sorry fellow women. I’m sorry that we live in a world where rape is our fault because if it’s our responsibility to keep ourselves from getting raped, it’s our fault if it happens. I’m sorry that we won’t have equality in the work place for awhile. To our young women and girls. I’m sorry that we failed you today. You didn’t have a voice; remember this day and choose wisely when you can.
The truth is that I hope I’m wrong. I hope I backed the wrong candidate. Dear God, I hope I have never been more wrong in my life. I hope with all that I have that President Elect Donald Trump truly is the right person to lead this country and that the extreme things he said were to entertain and get votes. I hope he wants a second term badly enough to fight for the people like he claimed and not against them.
No matter what, I hope we can stand together and keep this country from falling apart. I hope we can survive this.