It’s three days after the election of Donald Trump to the presidency. It’s three days of wondering what the future will hold and if Trump will try to make good on the bombastic promises he made his followers. It’s three days I’ve had to think about how I and other liberals should react.
This is one of those times where it’s difficult to be a liberal because liberals are supposed to have certain problem solving approaches and remaining true to those presents a problem I don’t think conservatives have to face.
I just spent some time reviewing the literature on what makes one a liberal and the list fits me pretty well. One thing I’m having trouble with is the forgiving and cooperating parts of being a liberal. The literature says I am supposed to setaside the campaign disagree-ments, buy the world a Coke, and teach it to sing in perfect harmony.
Well that’s not what I want to do. There is a part of me that wants to give what we got. For eight years America’s first black president was brutalized by the religious and political right-wing. Barack Obama was denied legitimacy, called a radical Muslim, said to hate white people, said to be an enemy of the nation, made subject to countless racial slurs, charged with being dishonest, ignorant, incompetent, arrogant, corrupt, and much more.
From his first day in office till almost his last the Republican Party blocked his every effort and propagandized his every accomplishment as being a horrible mistake. The majority leader of the US Senate, Mitch McConnell, said his only duty was to see that Obama become a one-term president. The GOP became the official party of NO and the result was one of the least accomplished congresses in the nation’s history. The party of NO created the congress of NOTHING.
So, now that the election is over, after all the hateful words, all of the horrible insults to every minority in the nation, plus the female majority, I’m supposed to allow my liberalness to set it all aside, pretend it was all a game, and treat the incoming party as we wish to be treated and not how we were treated. We are supposed to embrace the Golden Rule and play nice in the sand box.
Well, it’s only three days into this new reality and I’m going to have to wrestle for a long while with this part of being a liberal.