What is keeping you sane today, GT?
I was super impressed with Von Jones on CNN:
“It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, don’t be a bully. You tell your kids, don’t be a bigot. You tell your kids. do your homework and be prepared. Then you have this outcome and you have people putting children to bed tonight. They’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of, how do I explain this to my children?” -
It was a hard night and it’s going to be an even harder morning thanks to lack of sleep and the realization that this is just the beginning of four years (pleasegodjustfour) with a bigoted unqualified reality star as president.
I’m trying to remember that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Theodore Parker first expressed this idea in 1853 and Dr. Martin Luther King made it popular during the 1960s. Parker was an abolitionist minister who died before the Civil War and of course MLK was assassinated before he could see the full effects of his efforts.
This defeat is one battle lost in the long struggle for equality. In the first U.S. presidential election in 1789, only 6% of the population was eligible to vote. 120 million people voted in this election. Yes, the results broke my heart, but I have to believe democracy will get it right in the long run.
Long run doesn’t help in the now though. Going to end with some Langston Hughes, “Let America Be America Again:”
“Out of the rack and ruin of our gangster death, The rape and rot of graft, and stealth, and lies, We, the people, must redeem The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers. The mountains and the endless plain— All, all the stretch of these great green states— And make America again.”