Photo: P.B. Lowry
I knew it early when Florida looked bad.
Anne wanted to stay up and wait for some closure.
I went to bed. Then I got up and watched some more. Then went back to bed. There was no going to sleep. So I got up again.
When I was a kid and there was a crisis somewhere in the world involving walls in Berlin or missiles in Cuba – and there always seemed to be a crisis somewhere in the world – I remember spending Sunday mornings in church.
This is an odd thing to do for a family of atheists. Reverend Stephen Fritchman was the long-time minister of the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles. He also was an atheist.
Unitarians. You know.
But in times of stress or fear it was natural to seek community.
We need community now.
There is a little time to analyze what happened last night.
And then go back to doing what we always do: Fight to make it better.
I’m thinking we need to do it with a little more urgency now.
Hillary won a slim majority of the popular vote, but nearly half of American voters, particularly in some swing states, went for the bullshit of racism, misogyny, homophobia and hatred of those who are foreign born.
It is a very dangerous bunch who now control the reigns of power in the United States.
Yet, if Hillary had won by a couple of percentage points in Michigan or Pennsylvania still nearly half of us would have voted for racism, misogyny, homophobia and the hatred of those who are foreign born.
Hillary’s win and Trump’s defeat would simply have perpetuated the anti-democratic, corporate deceit that forced her on us and produced the motivation for people to align themselves with the racists in the first place.
I voted for Hillary and encouraged others to do the same.
But the truth is that the rabid racism and hatred of the Trumpers and the Corporate Democrats are polar opposites. In reality, the former is the logical outgrowth of the latter. The only thing the Hillary Democratic leadership and campaign were able to offer voters was a continuation of the structural conditions that led to so many facing crazy hard times, combined with fanatical fear-mongering over the consequences of a Trump outcome.
This morning as I sit here I know that there are hard times ahead.
Reverand Fritchman is long gone.
The need for community remains.