It’s All Over But The Shouting

Fear. Generalizations. Stereotypes. Name Calling. Bickering. Personal Attacks. Violence.

All this and more have I watched and seen over the course of the last two years, and even the last few days, of what has been the ugliest, most vile stretch of life that I can ever imagine. Of course, what it was, was a campaign for the highest office in the land, a land once called “a shining city on a hill.” We were that once, to a bunch of dreamers. I’m not sure what we are now. Maybe we can be that again.

For those who would deny that some of the rhetoric from President-elect Trump hasn’t emboldened those who would use hate and fear to those who are different than them, I give you the last couple days of violence and verbal attacks toward minorities and women. For those who feel pained that their candidate lost their bid for the highest office, I say yes I get it, but candidates lose bids for office all the time. There is no need to destroy things for this. It’s the way democracy is supposed to work. Peaceably protest, absolutely; it is within your rights to do so. Giving public property an L in the process is not.

I wasn’t even sure I would write anything about the last few days. I didn’t feel like I had the words. I don’t even know if I can express what I’m trying to say, but here goes.

First of all, I don’t believe that everyone who supported Mr. Trump is a bigot, misogynist, racist or a xenophobe. No more so than I believe that those who supported Mrs. Clinton condone the things she has done or been attached to.  Given the choices in this election, each candidate brought their own share of baggage, and if you weren’t voting for a third-party candidate (and they probably had their own share too), we were going to have to live with whatever they brought to the table. Nevertheless, the hate is out there, and so is the fear. I hope that the greater number of people in the country, no matter what candidate you supported, can be against that kind of behavior, and be willing to speak out against it. We preach and teach tolerance, but there is a subset that will not be tolerant; that will be mean and hateful toward those different from them. It isn’t what America was supposedly founded on, and certainly hasn’t always lived up to it, and we have a ways to go to get there.

As I have said before, it’s going to take all of us to make things work. For me, that begins with less talking and more listening. Or, to reflect what I have placed in the title of this post, less shouting at each other, and more dialogue with each other. The “my way or the highway” government, coupled with personal attacks, insults, fear-mongering, incorrect generalizations and stereotypes has got to cease. It’s a lazy way to solve problems. We need to roll up our sleeves and be the solutions that it seems our leaders don’t want any parts of. I’m tired of people we elected not governing for us, not bothering to do what they were called to do. We need people who are willing to work together, not obstruct everything. If you don’t like an idea someone brings to the table, that’s fine, but work toward something that can solve the problem. Or even acknowledge that there is a problem. When does that happen in our government?

Government in this country is broken. I hope our next President can do something about that, but I’m afraid that he won’t be able to. It is a job that will take more than one man to fix. No one person can undo what has been done here.

On Election Day, I was on Facebook (which was probably a mistake) when I saw one of my friends post a request to share the words from the Pledge of Allegiance. I read those words and focused on the word “indivisible.” If I remember correctly, that word means united, or not divided. I look around and I don’t see that. It is going to take a while to heal the divisions in our country, if they can be healed. I don’t want to sound as if I’m giving up hope that it can be done, but the further we go, the worse it seems to get. I always say we have more that unites us than divides us, and that a house divided against itself cannot stand. What I’ve seen over the last few days makes me wonder if the house can ever be repaired. We can all reasonably disagree over the issues, but there is no place for hate and fear-mongering.

Despite everything, there is an opportunity here. An opportunity to turn back from this way and find a new way. A way that works for those who feel angry and disenfranchised as well as those who appear to be better off. A way that works for everyone. It won’t happen overnight; Rome wasn’t built in a day after all. Where we find ourselves today didn’t happen overnight either. We can’t allow fear to govern us; we need to be strong and courageous, willing to work out our differences with gifted hands, not bludgeoning hammers. Where the pride of wanting to be right is replaced with the will to do what is good for the people.

For those that took the time to read this far, thank you for that. If it reads like some kind of screed I’m sorry. If it bores you to tears, I apologize. If you think I’m crazy, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard it. This is just a few among many things that have been bouncing around my head over the last few days.

I’m sure the shouting will go on even after this.

 

 

 

22 Replies to “It’s All Over But The Shouting”

  1. Good post, Tracy. I’m still VERY VERY angry over the election results. It’s going to take awhile for me to accept it and move on. Like you say, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with peaceful protesting. Protesting shouldn’t be violent or include looting. *Sigh* I guess we’ll see what happens.

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    1. Thanks, Lisa. As evidenced by the protests, you are not alone. There are many people like you and me who feel that sense that this election means that we will be marginalized even further. I believe that is what the protest is about; that a person whose rhetoric basically insulted all minorities and women could assume the highest office in the land. We must be vigilant and call that kind of speech and behavior to task. But yes, we have to wait and see; he certainly can’t change how things are by himself; real change has to come from us. I hope that those of us who feel the same keep working to enact the change that we seem to want in our government, but it’s not going to happen right away.

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  2. Well said, Tracy. It’s been outta hand for years, and the past few days amped the nonsense up a notch. Like you, I’m sick of it. All of it. The hate, the egomaniacism, the intolerance, and of being “led” by fools who only seek for themselves rather than to actually lead. But, I have hope. Not in The Trumpster Fire or Hillary or any other predator in business attire that we refer to as a leader. I have hope in US, WE, and the notion that we can and will do better than this. I have no choice but to have hope. What’s the alternative?

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    1. Thank you. The only place we can have hope is in ourselves. It’s pretty clear that our elected officials don’t have the stomach for it. We all have to have hope, for as you say what is the alternative? Without hope, we have nothing. With hope, we can put our efforts into making the change that we desire. I’m so tired of obstruction without solutions. We should all feel that way. I’m also tired of “I’m right, so you must be wrong” thinking too. Bridges need to be built, not walls; cooperation, not confrontation.

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  3. Thank you for the peaceful post. It absolutely baffles me why people find it necessary to spew such hate and vulgarity during a time when we need to come together. Why don’t they get it? It is never okay to hate. Ben Carson said on FB, “Join me in showing love and respect to others. Find your way to swing the pendulum in the direction of love. Because today, sadly, hate is gaining ground. Love must begin somewhere and love will overcome hate. Imagine the difference if we each purposefully love a little more.” Your above post and Ben Carson’s post are probably the only two sensible things I’ve seen all election.

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    1. Paula, thank you for your comment. This was weighing on my heart for the last few days, but I wasn’t even sure if I was going to say anything at all. Yes, we need all of us to turn to love now. We can’t let hate and the forces that cause people to be afraid win. Fear mongering is not a platform for bringing people together and preaching tolerance.

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  4. Bravo Twin!

    In reading this, I keep coming back to a story that I have shared with several bloggers:

    When my 10-year-old daughter found out who won she began to cry. In fact, she cried all morning. She said, “Mom, why did they pick a President who teases handicapped people?”

    As I told the other bloggers, I couldn’t think of a sufficient answer.

    What has happened in our society when a classroom full of 10-year-olds are more discerning that most adults?

    I recently shared this quote (Not mine):
    “Sometimes when things appear to be falling apart, they might actually be falling together.”
    God, I hope this is true!

    My Twin, you are always a clear channel! The blogger’s blogger!

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  5. As always THANK YOU!!!!! In our trio we have expressed many things; often using humor to lighten out mood!!! I am choosing to not let ‘fear’ be my guiding force! I choose Faith; believing that this too shall past! The uneducated folks, at least the ones I know, don’t understand that 1 man is not, has not, and will not run things!!! Your words are a calming force!! Again, Thank You!!

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  6. T. Wayne- I want to thank you for your post of reason. There are many thoughts I would like to express about recent events but find myself remaining reticent because frankly I don’t want any vitriol. There has been way too much of that going around these days. We need to find some perspective. We need to remain strong. This is not the end of the world. In 2000, after the whole Gore/Bush debacle, our country made it through. Here we are 16 years later in a similar situation. We can do this. We have to do this. But first, we have to want to pull through. A great post, T.Wayne. Eloquent and from the heart. We need more people like you in the world.

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  7. Thank you Susan, and I agree it isn’t the end of the world. We definitely have to be strong and call out hateful behavior and not accept it. You’re gonna make me blush with all this praise!

    Interesting that you mention the 2000 election-if I recall correctly the same thing happened where the candidate that won the popular vote lost the election. So it’s not like it hasn’t happened, and like you say, we got through that, and we can get through this too.

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    1. I believe prior to 2000, it happened in 1800. So you see there is a pattern and here we are in 2016. I am participating in #safetypin. I will wear a safety pin to stand in solidarity with people in the UK and the US who are tired of the hate mongering and the intolerance.

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  8. Elegantly written Tracy….I completely agree with you. No matter who won the presidency I planned on supporting it and moving forward. Losing is part of life and we have all experienced it. It’s time for everyone to dust the dirt off their shoulders and pull up their panties and accept reality. Excellent post!

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    1. Thank you, Lennon! I’m pretty sure that a great many people in the population feel nervous, threatened and afraid. We need to let these people know that they have support, that they won’t be unprotected.

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    1. Thank you Maria. I am humbled by your praise…I wish I didn’t have to write this post; as I stated above I wasn’t even sure I was going to write anything at all, let alone hit the publish button. I am glad that it resonated with you.

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  9. Thanks for a great post, TWayne. I’m taking a wait and see attitude. Trump was so vague about his promises and how he planned to accomplish them (like “making America great again” etc). He’s already said he thought the better of it and doesn’t plan to repeal ObamaCare. I doubt he is really going to build a wall. I think most of it was just HOT AIR. 🙂 You are right though, about trying to come together on a more personal, grass roots kind of level.

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