I kept hoping someone would pinch me and wake up me from the horrible nightmare last night. It just didn’t seem like real life.
Honey and I finally gave up on the dire-looking election results and went to bed with heavy hearts. I tried to go to sleep, but just kept lying there imagining all the terrible scenarios that could happen under a Trump presidency. Adrenalin coursed through my veins as I considered his mental instability and his coming access to nuclear weapons.
I awoke in the early morning hours to check my phone, hoping for a miracle, only to be terribly disappointed. Donald Trump was officially president-elect.
How could America choose this man? Isn’t good always supposed to triumph over evil?
I have been hearing chatter from Christians for months about how terrible Hillary Clinton is, all the while excusing Donald Trump’s reprehensible behavior because he is a “baby Christian.” That is complete bullshit.
Isn’t good always supposed to triumph over evil?
Donald Trump embodies everything that is wrong about this country. Greed, pride, sexism, misogyny, racism, adultery, sexual assault, and dishonesty all while pretending to be a follower of Christ. Nothing about him reflects the beliefs of Jesus.
Hillary Clinton is a life-long Methodist who subscribes to the mantra of her faith, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
She has spent her life helping the poor and sick, working for more access to childcare and healthcare, and promoting education and equality for people from all walks of life.
She isn’t without her flaws (are any of us?), but she has stood the test of time and proven that she will never back down when the going gets tough.
All of this is why I am so blown away when Christians say Donald Trump is the better choice.
If abortion is your main issue with Clinton, then remember that Donald Trump was pro-choice until he started running for president.
If gay marriage and equality is your main issue with Clinton, then remember that Donald Trump was for gay civil unions before he started running for president. He was even seen waving a gay pride flag onstage a few weeks ago, and he claims no other candidate would be as good for the gay community as he will be.
I really don’t care about either candidates religious views, but I DO care about idiots who make their voting selections based on a very narrow view of which candidate most fits with their religious ideology – as if that should somehow supersede every other important issue (like climate change, war, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and helping the economy). There is much more at stake in this country than whether your candidate matches your religious beliefs. Anyway, ever heard of separation of church and state?
I can’t help but feel completely depressed over the election results. It feels like everything President Obama accomplished over the past 8 years will be wiped clean, and that the country will revert back 50 years. Women’s rights will be decimated. People of color will feel less safe in our country. The LGBT community can only live in fear of when our gains will be reversed.
Sunday evening, while watching our local news channel, I learned that Secretary Hillary Clinton would be visiting a restaurant the next morning that was only about 20 minutes from my home. I turned to Honey and suggested he stop by on his way to work, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go myself.
I saw Mrs. Clinton in my area in 2008 when she was competing with Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination. We stood in line forever before going through intense security, then stood for an even longer period as we listened to introductory speeches from local politicians before finally getting to see Hillary give her stump speech. After she finished and made her way along the front of the crowd, I got close to her, but not close enough to shake her hand or do much more than call her name along with the throng of people around me.
Monday morning’s experience proved to be much more personal.
Honey and I arrived at the restaurant about an hour before she was scheduled to appear, and the parking lot was already filled to capacity, with cars beginning to park in the lots of neighboring businesses. We entered the restaurant to find it was already standing room only, and decided to hang out near the main entrance so we would be guaranteed close proximity to her when she arrived.
Secret Service agents soon appeared and announced that this last-minute stop hadn’t provided them with the time to make proper security preparations, so they would be checking people with metal detectors in order to keep Mrs. Clinton safe. After putting officers in front of the exits to block anyone else from entering, they began wanding the inside occupants.
Several minutes later, we were instructed to move away from the door and stand in the aisles between the restaurant tables. We grumbled aloud, thinking we were going to miss our chance at getting a handshake. Around 45 minutes after her scheduled appearance, Mrs. Clinton walked into the building.
After greeting the restaurant owner and posing for a photo with him, she greeted the crowd and gave a very short speech. She then said she would be greeting everyone. We were ecstatic!
She worked her way through the crowd, laughing and posing for photos, all the while surrounded by national press and security. She was extremely personable, and also much shorter than one would think. She was wearing a pink pantsuit with a scarf tucked into the neckline, and I would describe her as downright grandmotherly. In a cute way, of course.
When she finally got close enough for us to talk to her, Honey introduced himself and then me as his partner of 11 years. She was delighted. He asked if she would pose for a photo with both of us, and as we positioned ourselves, she said she loved the Hillary signature pin I had attached to my jacket. I handed my camera to Alison Grimes (!) who had accompanied Mrs. Clinton on her visit, and we posed for a couple of photos.
Hillary was beginning to move to the next guests when Honey stuck his phone into the air to get a selfie with her in the background, and she unexpectedly leaned in for a few more photos. After he told her he was honored to meet her, and I told her to stay strong, we moved out of the way to make room for other people.
It was only when we got into the car to drive away that it sort of sunk in how incredible the whole thing was. I know a lot of people despise Hillary Clinton, but regardless of what you think of her political views or personal history, this is a woman who was the wife of a very popular governor, First Lady of the United States for two terms, senator from New York for 8 years, and Secretary of State under President Obama. She is one of the most recognizable and powerful women in the world, and I feel very fortunate to have had the pleasure of meeting the person I hope will become the next President of the United States.
I’ve always wanted to do this, so here goes. I’m going to keep at it until we have a result or I have to go to bed – whichever comes first. Hit your refresh button for the latest.
5:20 – I’ve had a shower, put on my pajamas, and I’m fixing a gallon of iced tea while watching election coverage on MSNBC. This is better than reality television. Let the games begin!
5:25 – Just wanted to share one of the most compelling and moving political photos that I’ve seen today, which was taken during a campaign event that Barack Obama held yesterday in Charlotte, NC. This was as he shared comments about his grandmother, who had just passed away hours earlier. So sad, but it’s refreshing to see the human side of a candidate every once in a while.
5:30 – Drudge says Obama is winning big; up +15 in Pennsylvania. Let’s hope this is just the beginning of a stellar evening!
5:40 – It gave me a great sense of satisfaction to watch Obama cast his vote early this morning. My coworkers and I gathered around the set to watch as he calmly interacted with his family and then received applause before leaving the polling place. As a Caucasian, it’s hard for me to comprehend what an overwhelming sense of pride he must have felt to be able to cast a presidential vote for a person of color, but I could almost feel it in my bones. I certainly felt a sense of excitement all day that this election will not only change history, but also how the different races in this country interact with one another.
5:45 – Some of Kentucky’s polls closed a few minutes ago and with 1% of the vote in, JM is ahead 68-31%. Ugh. I knew this state would go red, but I hope it turns out a little closer than this.
5:50 – I received a joke text message from someone today that said due to long lines at the polls, Democrats should wait until tomorrow to vote. I replied with “Dems aren’t as gullible as retardicans!” Snicker, snicker.
5:56 – Looks like Elizabeth Dole is going to bite the dust, which means it’s the first time since 1952 that neither a Bush or a Dole is holding elected office. Do you hear that collective “Whew!” reverberating across the country?
6:00 – They just projected KY for McCain and Vermont for Obama.
6:01 – I’m very curious about the results of anti-gay measures like Proposition 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida.
6:06 – Still too close to call the race between Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell and Bruce Lunsford. I hope after 24 years, we can get rid of Mitch.
6:12 – Here’s raw video of Black Panthers intimidating voters in Philadephia. Police were soon called to remove them from the entrance of the polling place. Idiots.
6:20 – I’ve switched to CNN. Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews get on my nerves.
6:23 – Read what one of the coolest people on the planet did with their vote today.
6:25 – These early election results are killing me! My fingernails aren’t going to last long at this rate.
6:30 – It’s ironic that I upgraded my satellite programming last night so that I’d have more news channels to watch, but I’m still watching CNN.
6:34 – Have I seriously already been doing this over an hour?
6:37 – These pundits are scaring me. Apparently Obama isn’t performing as strongly as previously expected, but it’s still really early.
6:41 – Let’s check out the enemy… Fox News Channel. This should be interesting.
6:42 – FNC just called West Virginia for JM. Argh.
6:49 – Back to MSNBC. FNC wasn’t nearly as enraging as I’d imagined.
7:00 – Via MSNBC: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Maine, Delaware, District of Columbia for Obama!!!
7:13 – Howard Dean makes my eyes and head hurt.
7:28 – Seventy percent of WordPress users would choose Barack Obama as president in an ongoing poll, which includes participants from all over the world.
7:33 – Shocking news… Alabama for JM. Whodathunkit?
7:39 – I can’t help but wonder how this night might be going if Hillary had been the Democratic nominee. Would she be doing better or worse than Obama against John McCain?
7:45 – I keep seeing footage of the thousands of BO supporters gathered in Chicago for the victory rally. I sooooo wish I were there.
7:54 – Why does any news channel (cough*MSNBC*cough) care what that evil, scheming Tom Delay thinks?
8:01 – Via MSNBC: New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Rhode Island for Obama!!
8:20 – McConnell is projected to squeak out a win in KY.
8:22 – Ohio for Obama!!!
8:32 – New Mexico for Obama. He just hit 200 electoral votes. Only 70 to go!
8:45 – According to MSNBC, there is no way for McCain to win at this point. Barack will exceed 270 electoral votes with the remaining blue states alone!
9:02 – I wish they would call Florida already!
9:09 – John Rich is performing at McCain headquarters. LMAO.
9:26 – I’ve gotten so used to being disappointed on election night that I’m a little scared to let myself go and enjoy the moment. The networks still haven’t officially called the election for BO, but you can tell that they know it’s over. They keep showing the growing celebratory crowds in NY and Chicago and talking about the implications of Obama’s win.
9:53 – FNC just called Virginia for Obama, only the second time the state has went blue in 50 years.
10:00 – MSNBC just projected Barack Obama as president of the United States!! We made history, boys and girls! I started this evening with a picture of a tearful BO, so I want to end with one of him smiling. Good night, everybody!!
I had an interesting conversation with a coworker this afternoon that went something like this:
Him: I’m willing to watch just about any movie, as long as it’s not one by Michael Moore. (looks my direction and guffaws)
Me: You wouldn’t even be willing to watch Michael Moore’s film about health care?
Me: Why not?
Him: Because everything he says is a lie. He makes money by being anti-American. There’s a large market for that in this country – defeatists who want us to lose in Iraq… (segues into tirade about how people who don’t love this country should leave and that this country has the best of everything, including health care)
Him (after calming down a bit): The Bible tells us that God puts men in positions of power, so we should respect them. (referring to Bush)
Me: Does that mean that God put Saddam Hussein in his position?
Me: Then wasn’t it wrong for us to remove him from power?
Me: Why not?
Him: Because God has always set some up to be stronger than others so that they can overthrow them. God commanded the Jews to do it many times.
Me: So, you think God told us to go into Iraq?
Me: I so do not agree.
He got up and left the room. It scares me that some people are allowed to vote.