It was with great dismay I awoke this morning and discovered that the sky has fallen. Donald J. Trump, darling of the Evangelical Christian world who does not hold true to any of their stated views, has somehow managed to capture enough of the popular vote and electoral college votes to be the next president of the United States.
Great. Shock. Last night when I miserably shuffled off to bed in the grips of the flu I felt pretty confident that the first women ever, Hillary Clinton, would be the president-elect. The polls said so. Her views and campaign was much more moderate and centerest than that of her opponent. During my time standing in line at my local polling place it was easy to observe that African Americans and Hispanics were turning out in record numbers.
But I underestimated one important thing – voter anger over how screwed up things have gotten. I think that’s what propelled Trump into the office.
But it’s over and done with now. No crying over split milk even if that milk is going to trial in two days for defrauding folks with his ‘university’ and next month for child rape. I still cannot wrap my mind around that, a president-elect going to trial for child rape!
The question is now where do we go from here? What does the election of President Trump mean for those of us standing in direct opposition to everything that the Evangelical crowd holds dear? It could mean a lot of things….. or nothing.
Trump stated he was anti-abortion and would end late term abortion in the country. His running mate goes even farther in his views. But here’s the thing, in order to do things like end abortion and officially ramping up dependence again on of fossil fuels it is going to require not so much the desires of the president, it’s going to require the cooperation of the Congress and Senate. While both are primarily Republican now there are still many powerful and influential Democrats in both, and in all branches of government who will serve to keep the more extremist Right Wing policies from being passed and implemented. He is not going to be any more successful in imposing his ideas on the nation than any other president.
This morning watching Donald Trump’s acceptance speech I was relieved to note that he sounded less like the unhinged despotic bully that he has seemed on the campaign trial and more moderate, almost presidential. It’s not much, but it’s the tiniest glimmer of hope on one awful and frightening morning. Keep in mind that until recent years Trump was a Democrat, giving money to Democratic candidates, supporting the Clintons even and many liberal causes.
Here’s what I can foresee happening once Trump takes office. The mask comes off and he moves closer to the center again. He ends up having to compromise and work with others, and the business of government moves forward largely unchanged.
I hope I’m right because it would spell the end for Evangelical Christian political power in this nation. They would realize that the real estate emperor they elected out of hate for others was buck-nekkid and manipulated them as a whole to reach the highest office in this nation. It would be a death knell for a toxic movement that has been dying for some time now. Part of me is pretty amused at how harsh that reality is going to be for them once it happens. This is what happens when you make a deal with the devil.
Add in the anger of his base once they all lose their healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act and they realize that he does not have the power to bring manufacturing jobs that do not require an education to our country. It won’t be pretty either.
Trump, like a guy trying to get into your pants you just met at a bar, made some pretty big promises that he will never be able to fulfill. His voters might find themselves roofied and raped before this is all over.
There’s not a lot we can do about the election at this point but I think that those of us that didn’t vote for Trump have to do what Bill Maher suggested recently on his show. When they go low, we go high. That means no more foolish capering comedic putdowns of Trump and his supporters. No more calling him ‘Orange Foolious’ or ‘Cheeto Wig’, no more calling his supporters uneducated neanderthals. Take the high road. Show the ugly name-calling Evangelical Fundamentalist crowd that we have class and grace that they lack. Remember their last eight years of constant tantrums that Obama was president? None of that.For better or worse this guy is our next president. Work to change the system as you can and continue to demand our government do the right thing. Hold our politicians as accountable as we can in this less than perfect system and don’t allow hate a foothold in our already great country.
For me this morning that means a long walk in the park and listening to some old vintage Jimmy Buffet to make this election shock go down a little easier. I’m not going to waste any time on Monday morning quarterbacking on what went wrong. The people has spoken decisively. Cope however you need to today.
‘Party at the End of the World’ seems appropriate this morning…
Suzanne Titkemeyer is the admin at No Longer Quivering. She’s been out of the Quiverfull Evangelical world for nine years now and lives in the beautiful Piedmont section of Virginia with her retired husband and assorted creatures. She blogs at Every Breaking Wave and True Love Doesn’t Rape. She can be reached at SuzanneNLQ@
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