“I’m so scared.”
“Baby, don’t be scared. Detroit and Madison may save us all (this was before the state was called) Don’t be afraid ..” I went on. “ we have our family and friends and I believe we will always have hope.. We will prevail..”
Then feeling like my grown daughter was a small child calling me when I was late to come home and read that nights stories I wrote,
“Go home .. turn off the news.. snuggle up with each other and the puppy. The world will still need people of good will tomorrow.”
2:04 am in the safe blue city of Seattle – in the safe blue state of Washington – on the safe blue Pacific coast. I know my children and family and friends are in pain. They are not all in a safe-blue-space. At least half of this entire republic is frightened for our democracy this morning.
At least another half of this land is overwhelmed with new hope. These fellow Americans are sensing the sweet fresh air of justice finally served. They have experienced a reckoning.
Over the past forty years the Republican Party has germinated and beckoned this movement of silent desperation. They feed it with hate and vengeance and blame of the OTHER. They plowed fields of hideous innuendo and outright un-factual half-truths and even more vicious goddamned lies made up from the ether-of-division and from the whispers of small sinister soulless men. They planned and they plotted through a mesmerizing glitter of gold-plated-rubbish and the never satisfied consumption of useless things and yet more futile stabs at dehumanizing greed. They left their privileged white pawns leaderless, ignorant, stupefied, shamed and completely bankrupt.
And the cowards of the Democratic Party let them.
Now we are here.
Almost every scientific poll .. WRONG.
Almost every political pundit .. WRONG.
Almost every major newspaper .. WRONG.
Almost everyone on the planet Earth ..
S T U N N E D.
But not the true believers. See how dearly they believed?
They went all in.
They were not stunned. No, not the ones who have been left behind by the self-satisfied future-seekers who damn well left them behind.
And we should not be surprised. Not if we can stomach being honest with ourselves for a moment of reflection.
We really should have seen this coming.
The most committed wins.
How many homeless does it take?
How many bullets fired in anger at the unmoving targets of the innocent does it take?
How much profit from our investments does it take before we know that so many are being left underfoot for our success to be realized?
How long do we push too-many people through that too-small opening of opportunity before the hole is filled and the left-behind are .. left forever behind?
When do these voiceless, and former proud workers of America’s past say.. enough?
One of my former students sent this email a few hours back..
“I’m at sea. I don’t know what to do. I’m in total despair. I could really use some words of encouragement or hope.
How do I keep going in a world where a man like that has the support of my country?”
This is how I lamely replied,
“We can figure it out together .. We must. We will .. tomorrow we can begin.”
Finally another former student posted on facebook..
“Comfort me, dammit!”
I wrote this..
“We can figure this out .. together. WE WILL .. together..
We cannot follow Orpheus down to the underworld to revive what has been lost .. or sing celestial songs to make the sun rise only to be torn apart like Orpheus was by those who could not hear the divine music.
No – we must own this national shame and be the courage for our children’s children’s children to claim that the day of white imperial hubris has come to its logical tragic conclusion..
as brutal a task as it may turn out to be.. we are left to cry as one – the prophetic word ..
“THIS is NOT who we are .. we are a people
of MERCY and JUSTICE and PEACE.. “
I will stand with you and your generation to the very end..
PS: This is only the beginning of a miracle we cannot yet see.. do NOT despair my dearest friends..
He is just a man.. that is all..
We .. we are a people.”
Epilogue: Final words from a past president on the occasion of the concession telegraph to their opponent.
“It’s now apparent that the American people have chosen you as the next president. I congratulate you, and pledge to you our fullest support and cooperation in bringing about an orderly transition of government in the weeks ahead. My best wishes are with you and your family as you undertake the responsibilities that lie before you.”
Remember: Black Lives Matter