Yes, I know this post title is ridiculous, but sometimes I can’t resist the fact that my online alias sounds vaguely cowgirl-esque, also I am ridiculous.
Expect this site to get back to its pre-kids political roots for the next four years, folks. If you’re here just for cute kids and recipes, you might be sorely disappointed, but I’ve been blogging since 2008, and I majored in political science. I think about and talk about politics a lot.
One thing I used to do more was share link roundups. Since I think my Facebook friends would appreciate it if I didn’t post every single link I want to share, I decided to bring that back. Maybe every Friday I’ll do this? I promise they won’t all be OMG WE JUST ELECTED A FASCIST-themed, but that’s definitely where we’re at this week. Here we go!
- I shared this one on my Facebook page and got some pushback from dudes who either failed to read it or lack reading comprehension. Anyway, here’s a great analogy to use on anyone who gives you flack for saying that Trump supporters are OK with racism. They bought the whole package when they cast their votes, and that package included a big chunk of racism. They decided it was worth it. That’s on them. Also, I told those dudes on my page that they are free to find other blogs more in line with their sensibilities, because this is obviously not one of them.
This election, you had two major Presidential providers. One offered you the Stronger Together plan, and the other offered you the Make America Great Again plan. You chose the Make America Great Again plan. The thing is, the Make America Great Again has in its package active, institutionalized racism (also active, institutionalized sexism. And as it happens, active, institutionalized homophobia). And you know it does, because the people who bundled up the Make America Great Again package not only told you it was there, they made it one of the plan’s big selling points.
And you voted for it anyway.
So did you vote for racism?
You sure did.
- While we’re at it, don’t believe the media narrative that working class people elected Trump. His supporters were white people making decent wages.
Trump beat out Clinton with voters at every income level bracket except those citizens who make under $49,999. The working class did not vote against its interests. The middle and upper class sold them out.
- Also: when you get tired of white men telling you not to “judge” Trump supporters because racism is just “a fault to overlook,” you might be in the mood for satire. I recommend Jesse Berney’s piece Maybe You Should Show Some Empathy for the Flesh-Eating Blob Monsters.
- Now that we’re ruled by the Blob Monster, you might need some rules for survival in the autocracy
- Also, if you have a uterus and don’t want to get pregnant, now might be a great time to consider a birth control solution that will get you through the next 4 years. I have had a Mirena IUD for the last 5 years, and I will be getting it replaced ASAP.
- Harry Reid put out a great statement on the election of Trump, and you should read it in its entirety.
If this is going to be a time of healing, we must first put the responsibility for healing where it belongs: at the feet of Donald Trump, a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate. Winning the electoral college does not absolve Trump of the grave sins he committed against millions of Americans. Donald Trump may not possess the capacity to assuage those fears, but he owes it to this nation to try.
- Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that this election is a national trauma where we really need Mr. Rogers here to help us understand our feelings, but he isn’t here. My friend Mary Evelyn reminds me that his words still are.
- In case you are in the mood for a panic attack, here’s how we could end up in a world war very soon. Happy Veteran’s Day!
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