Like millions of other people, I have a massive U.S. election hangover hampered by a heavy heart.
While I am Canadian and not able to participate, the 24 hour barrage of images and messages have been unavoidable, especially on social media. I tried to ensure that I read stories that were fact-based that came from unbiased sources. But there was so much garbage. Stuff that was so ridiculous that even a hardcore National Enquirer reader would shake his/her head in disbelief. I won’t even provide examples, they were so ludicrous.
I’m not even sure why I care but I do. I care that an authoritarian narcissist with little self-control or understanding of the issues showed so many character flaws that were forgiven or glossed over as “locker room talk”. I care that he is a vulgar man who flamed the fire of hatred and intolerance with his non-truths and exaggerations. And I care that his fans ate it all up and voted him in over a woman with exceptional credentials. What does that say about America? Even though Hilary also had skeletons in her closet, she didn’t deserve the vitriol and disgusting things that his fans said about her on social media. I was and am repulsed by this. Many of his fans are no different than the terrorists they proclaim to hate except that they are on the other side of the coin. And when some call themselves Christian, I have to laugh. My children went to Catholic school where they were taught to be tolerant and respectful of all beliefs and religions. I would think that’s how true Christians behave, not these hooligans who troll.
There, I got it out. There are many others things that made me angry but I’ll stop here. I hope that these words are nothing but an over-emotional rant. I hope that he was playing some crazy villainous role and when in office, takes on a moderate, more reasonable tone. I like to think that I am an optimist and when times are dark, good will still prevail. Yet part of me is very scared for the future of America and the world that my children and their children will live in. I hope I’m wrong.