Thoughts for the day…

I find myself full of emotions, and now thoughts, the day after my country elected that guy to be their President. Here they are, in no particular order.

Christians are supposed to stand with the oppressed. Well, at least we know where to find them.

My daughter was part of a school production of Diary of Anne Frank recently. You know those yellow stars they forced the Jews to wear? Black people’s skin is that in America, and has been for a long time.

Maybe I should get a bumper sticker that says “I’m a sympathizer with the oppressed”. Everyone would think I meant them. Some would be right.

I saw my first example of Trump’s people yesterday. At the local Subway, the two people behind the counter (immigrants by skin color and accents) were being berated by a guy who demanded that they not cheat him on his vegetables and choice of cheese. All they said was, “this one or this one?”, yet he continued to harass them. He spoke loud enough and angrily enough that I couldn’t place my order standing next to him, because that would interfere with his order — and we couldn’t have that.

Both of my daughters have LGBTqi friends that they now worry about the safety of. Hell, I have LGBTqi friends that I worry about the safety of. But they’re in High School. It’s not supposed to be the kind of thing High School years are about. I was kind of hoping more for math, English, history, and science. They were hoping for fun, I’m sure. Fear wasn’t even supposed to be on the list, unless they didn’t do their homework.

American democracy has proved that suicidal thoughts lead to suicidal behaviors.

My friend Ron is in a touring company of “Judgement at Nuremberg”. It’s not meant to be a present-tense reality show, but i guess it is now — hosted by Donald Trump.

Of “fight” or “flight”, I definitely choose flight. It’s just that I have too many friends I’d have to leave behind, and I can’t do that to them.

Songs going through my head: “Everybody I love you. Everybody, I do. Though your heart is in anger, I need your love to see me through” — Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

“You are the light of the world” — Godspell

“War is not the answer, for only love can conquer hate” — Marvin Gaye

“This is not America” — David Bowie
Virginia Satir and Jesus know the way out of this. I have to remember that. Sanity and love.

The Spirit of God lives within all of us, but damn, it’s hard to find sometimes.

Denise Clapsaddle is ahead of the curve in understanding the hurt of the working class in her town.

We all make mistakes.

I have to go to work now.

 

Peace,
John

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts for the day…

  1. I can’t believe everyone is holding Donald Trump personally responsible for all the hate in this world.. maybe it is time we alll accept a degree of responsibility……. sorry…I find it VERY hard to hate someone I have never met…. I do not care for the Clintons..,but I don’t think I have the right to hate them…

    • Marilyn:

      Donald Trump is, as a leader, a symbol. He intentionally ran that way, as “the guy who says what “we all” really think”. Clinton ran as a symbol in the same way, as “the empowerment and ideal of “all” women”. Both candidates wanted to lead us in a certain direction, based on those symbols. Of course, to everyone’s surprise, Hillary’s NOT everyone’s idea of female empowerment, and Trump is NOT speaking what we all think.

      We’re worried about not so much about the actual people, as we are the trajectory they suggest. More than that, we’re worried about people who LIKE Trump’s path more than he does, as I suspect you were worried that Obama and Hillary’s supporters would take away your guns, and make all women lesbians who had to have abortions.

      Here’s the difference, and I’ve thought a lot about it in the last few days. Did conservatives REALLY think they were going to die or be kicked out of the country if another democrat got elected? People I know now actually fear for their lives now that he has been elected.

      If a woman makes a mistake in judgement or is raped, she won’t be able to have an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. She will not have control over her choices if Trump supporters are emboldened. The police who 1) supported Trump and 2) shot unarmed Black men to death are now *more* free to do it because they think Trump said it was ok.

      YOU are not the problem, because YOU don’t hate people you’ve never met. The guy at Subway did. David Duke does. I suspect you’re more an old school Republican than a Trump supporter. In any case, you believe in Jesus more than any political candidate. That’s a different lens that other Trump supporters don’t have. THAT scares me.

      Peace,

      John

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