I’m not one to write about politics. I find that I never have the right words, the right facts or the right way of framing things. However, on this day I could only write what I was truly feeling. 11/9/16 is a dark day in democracy for the United States. It is a day that will shake half of this country to its core, in fear of the future.
I wish I could put the blame on those who voted 3rd party or didn’t vote at all, but I can’t. They made their choice and so did everyone else. What’s done is done, and today is one that we should take to mourn. Mourn the loss of of our innocence, the loss of ignorance, the the loss of what could’ve been a historical moment for women, and the loss of the future many of us had planned. We must mourn these losses in order to move forward.
Maya Angelou once said,
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Today we will never forget the fear that struck our hearts when the ballots rolled in. We will never forget the anger and hatred we felt when we had lost. We will never forget the sadness of a candidate giving their concession speech, and President Obama standing there during his remarks acting like it’ll all be okay but knowing that he will be leaving office on January 20th… leaving a legacy behind we won’t forget during this lifetime.
So today I say mourn the loss, take the time to process what just happened. Then tomorrow, let these feelings fuel you to finally speak up and do your civic duty. We’ve lost the innocence and ignorance we gained from the last couple years, we lost the ability to just rely on our votes and those we elected into office. It’s time we get involved so we can protect what America has accomplished, and those in our communities who are fearful of what’s next.
It’s time to do what Ghandi once said –
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
It’s time to stand together and fight for what America can be. The Legislative and Executive branches may have the right to enact laws, but we have our rights as well. We have the right to speak, to assemble, to petition and to practice our beliefs. Whether we all agree on the issues at hand or not is no matter now, now is the time to stand up for each other and make sure the next four years enact the positive and hopeful change we’ve been asking for.
So take today to mourn the loss and the past, then tomorrow the real work begins.