Still not seeing any hope…

So far I have not seen any reason to hope for anything good  from trump on any of the issues I care about.  I have received sympathy from friends on my feelings of devastation.  I have heard encouraging words about what he will do for our economy – none of which I believe will come to pass.  Mostly, I feel that his election is a total rejection of everything I hold dear. I wrote an email expressing my thoughts, and I am posting it here.  I hope that I can retract much of this in the future – but I doubt it. I DO appreciate the efforts of my friends.  Those efforts have made me feel appreciated. But nothing is assuaging my deep sorrow and fear. Below is part of my reply to one of these good friends.

I am ABSOLUTELY opposed to violence in demonstrations. I am from a police family and understand the danger they are in. On the other hand there have been blatant abuses. Like the man in Staten Island who was suffocated after being approached for an extremely minor offense, tackled by multiple police, and ultimately killed by that tackle in spite of the man pleading over and over, ” I can’t breathe”.

I DO feel the pain of the demonstrators acutely. I have seen many examples of some trump supporters who feel empowered now to do vicious things. Rainbow flags are being burned here in Rochester, students in a high school calling other students niggers and cotton pickers and more. I am close friends with several of my LGBT former students and a relative who is a gay man planning to marry the man he loves. They are devastated and afraid.  Meanwhile I have no words to comfort them except perhaps to tell them to channel their pain, anger and understandable fear into positive and peaceful action by joining respected and supportive activist groups. But I cannot deny their fear. As a woman I feel that fear and pain myself. As I said in my blog, the thing that hurts my heart the most is that we now have a president who thinks of me and my daughter as lesser beings.

I keep reaching out to ask for specific things that trump might do to better the lives of minorities, the disabled, LGBT people, poor people struggling with medical bills, and women….not to mention our first amendment rights which I feel are at great risk. But I have not received any answers. None of these things will be his priority. I understand the immigration problems. Really. I even defended trump early on when he said he would call a halt to immigration. Why?  Because he was not quoted fully. He finished the statement by saying he  is calling for a moratorium until we could fully examine our policies. We DO need to be cautious. Of course we do.  When he examines our policy with regard to legal immigration he will find that it takes an average of one year for immigrants to be vetted. But again I do not object to caution and an effective process.

All that said, I feel he and the people who surround him do not care even the tiniest bit about any of the issues that concern me. And it terrifies me that all three branches of government  will soon be under the total control of one party. People were so upset with Obama, but he had much opposition. Going forward, we will have a leader who has unfettered power.

I understand the discontent of the average blue color workers who supported trump as their savior. But I do not think trump cares about them either. He has proved that in numerous ways throughout his career. Manufacturing jobs are not going to come back. Technology will see to that. I predict that the economy will go down under trump, hopefully not as far back as 2008 when the Dow Jones stood at around 7,000 as opposed to the last few years when it has been at 17,000 to 18,000 plus.

Obviously I could go on forever here. I will spare you. I will never support or condone violent demonstrations. I will support a peaceful transfer of power, holding my nose throughout the process. I will do so partly because I will follow Hillary’s gracious bidding in her wonderful concession speech. And then I will do whatever I possibly can to ensure that this bad man has only four years to walk all over the already downtrodden. I hope I am wrong about him….but I don’t think I am.

Thank you for listening to this lament from a woman who feels that this election has spit upon everything I have held dear all my life.

Is there any good in Trump?

Get ready for a rant.

I am HONESTLY looking for some help seeing the bright side of this election. No one who voted for trump has been able to give me any hope so far. All I have ever heard from trump supporters is “Never Hillary”, gun rights and “he says what he thinks”. So I am asking in an effort to understand.  Really,

Why should I hope that he will raise the status of women above leering and locker room talk, and being shamed because we are not young, thin and beautiful?

Why should I think he might help the disabled and not laugh at them?

Why would I think he might be fair to immigrants? 

Why should I think he will allow free speech when he threatens reporters, especially women reporters? 

Why should I feel that we will EVER get any help with our outrageous medical bills? 

Will people of color be able to keep their civil rights – or do we turn back time to the “good old days” of white supremacy and the KKK?

Should I fear for my first amendment rights or will I soon hear the trump, trump, trump of jack boots if I dare to disagree with him?

Most of all I am hurt that so many voted for a man who thinks of me and my daughter as lesser beings.

What is something – anything –  positive he is going to do?

I know many trump supporters are kind people, unlike trump. There must be something that I cannot see. I disagreed mightily with George Bush and Reagan and Mit Romney, but I did not fear them as I do trump.

Please – tell me something good about him. I am devastated and afraid. Sorry for this. It is a very bad day for me. My daughter called us in tears this morning. We are both afraid. His attitude towards women is at best like a master and his sex slaves and, at worst, like Hitler towards the Jews.

I know many of you did not vote for him for the despicable qualities I have mentioned. You must have seen something good in him. At the very least, maybe you can see why many of us are devastated, and can offer some comfort.

Forgive this poor Hillary supporter who is having the mother of  a “Horrible, No Good, Terrible, Very Bad Day!!

I want to see a light out there somewhere to give me hope that all the gains in civil rights I have seen in my lifetime will not go away….but I cannot see even a flicker right now.

Trumpzilla and his Minions

The possibility of the first female president is bringing back one of this nations’s finest hours….The Salem Witch Hunts.  It seems we have truly reverted to our earliest roots and even back to medieval times. Think Salem Witch Trials and the Inquisition.

Trumpzilla and his minions are truly evil. Did you know that his campaign manager Paul Manafort once represented Ferdinand Marcos? Even if you are convinced that Hillary committed a crime rather than being extremely careless with her emails, these invectives spewing from the mouths of members of congress and other political elite should be chilling to everyone who supports a democratic society.

Division in the GOP by Dana Milbank

For more information on Paul Manafort, read The Hypocrisy at the Heart of Trump’s Campaign

 And yes – Dana Milbank writes an opinion column.  However – his statements can be verified on neutral sites – or at least sites that are a neutral as can be found online.

A Joke That Has Gone Viral In Every Sense Of The Word

Many of you know that I have taken a vow of Facebook silence with regards to political and social opinions. It has made my FB page a much happier place to be. However, I realized this morning that I cannot remain silent about Trump. Treating him as a joke is no longer an option. After the David Duke debacle, I realized that the man is dangerous.

I saw this picture this morning and realized that there are parallels with Adolph Hitler. Because of that, I can NOT, in good conscience, remain silent. We are in danger folks. This is no longer funny. The quote in the picture paraphrases a very powerful quote about Hitler. It opened my eyes.

TrumpHitlerQuote

The above quotation should sound ominously familiar.  It is based on one of the most powerful quotes ever written about Hitler and Naziism. 

From the Holocaust Encyclopedia:

Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.

Martin Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007392