I confess, I did not watch the election results last night. I had already cast my vote and the overall end was going to come to fruit regardless of my attention or not, so I chose to go to knit group with my daughter where we had a politics-free zone and I chose to stay off the internet so that I could sleep.
I am disappointed. But not in the manner you might think. I’m disappointed because the blame game has already begun with peeps shaking their heads and blaming the green party voters and the no-voters and the millennials for the state of things as they are on this dawn.
And none of them are taking responsibility for their own actions. The DNC rigged the primaries. We know this. The evidence is everywhere on the internet. And the Democratic rank and file chose to ignore it and gave their support to the behavior with their silence. There was no outcry against it from them. There was no demanding the DNC remove Hillary, no demand of Obama to nullify the primaries and start over. Not one whisper from the camps of Hillary. It wasn’t your voices being silenced and so this told too many of your peers that you did not care if the Democratic process was nothing more than lip service as long as you’re getting what you want. The results aren’t so shiny now, when you are looking down the road of your choices and seeing your rights being trampled and your voice being silenced. And what do you do? You point fingers. You lay blame because your party leadership didn’t get to cheat its way into the WH.
This. This is what happens when you stand by and allow your leadership to trample on the foundations of democracy. This is what happens when you thumb your nose at 43% of the voting block which overwhelming in the past had voted Democratic and support a party leadership that had to lie, cheat and steal to nominate the candidate of YOUR choice and not the choice of the majority of your voting block. This is what happens when you take the stand of “I got mine.” EVERYBODY LOSES.
Now everybody is in the same boat. Including you. Women, minorities, LGBTQ, the environment, etc. et. al. Everything is on the table. EVERYTHING is at risk.
I voted for Bernie. When that avenue was stolen from me, I voted for Jill. If I could go back, knowing then what I know now, I would still vote for Jill. Because regardless of the outcome, I still believe in the tenets of Democracy, that for ensure the rights for everyone, then EVERYONE’s rights must be defended even if that means I don’t get what I want. Bernie was and still is my first choice but Jill was and still is the only candidate that was available. Freedom belongs to EVERYONE and the democratic process deserves better than lip service.
So my question to all of the folks who voted for Hillary, are you going to continue to point fingers and lay blame and screech, cry and whine about not getting the first woman president this time around or are you going to dig in and fight to defend everybody’s rights, everybody’s voice? Are you going to defend this country from the bigots and racists and hate mongers? These next four years will be the tempering for each and every one of us because in the end, all we are is raw ore. Will you stand up for the rights of all? Or will you ignore it like you did the actions of your party leadership? What will you become? Will you become a weapon of Hate? Or Love? I chose Love. #NeveGiveUp #NeverSurrender
The above essay was originally posted on the author’s Facebook timeline and is republished here with permission from the author.
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