What the hell is wrong with this country?
I am assuming of the millions of people who voted republican on Tuesday, that there are many who are not right-wing extremists. That there are thousands, even a few million, who are capable of critical thinking.
I want to ask those people how, in the name of your families, your beliefs, your ethics – in the name of any and all you hold sacred—could you vote for a man so pathologically unfit to be President? A man who lies with every sentence out of his mouth, who lines his pockets with millions of tax dollars and foreign kickbacks, who is racist, sexist, homophobic, and xenophobic, who is ignorant and incurious, who views 99.9% of Americans with utter contempt, who has destroyed our once great standing in the world, and who treats the Constitution and the laws and the small-d democratic ethos of our society—the things republicans say they esteem—like so much toilet paper with which he wipes his abundant ass.
A man who, through his arrogance and gross incompetence, has literally killed—and continues to kill—hundreds of thousands of our fellow Americans.
Give me a reason—just one—to choose him over the intelligent, sane, caring, decency of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris? What do you tell yourselves and your children? What is your rationale? A few more conservative judges on the bench? How many do you need? Another tax cut—not for you but for the 1% who don’t need it?
I don’t want to believe that all of you millions of people are as frightened and bigoted as the man you voted for—the very thought of that hurts my heart more than I can say. But I am at a loss. Truly.
This is a sad and difficult morning for us all. Even for you who chose the con over the truth.
Yet in these times, I turn to someone far more profound than I, Gerard Manley Hopkins:
NOT, I’ll not, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee; Not untwist—slack they may be—these last strands of man In me ór, most weary, cry I can no more. I can; Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be.
Patience is not always easy to come by. Despite what anyone says, no one has “won” this election. All the votes have yet to be counted and nothing is decided. It may not be for weeks.
That means there is still hope.
Hard as this morning is, I refuse to give up on us.