One of the things that has been irking me recently is that people who support Trump and even some of those who didn’t, keep talking about the many protests around the country as if they are about “whining” or being sore losers. That is a great way to shut down their voices. Look I’m not one of those, “he’s not my president”. For better or worse he is the duly elected President of the United States. I will support his agenda…as much as Republicans supported Obama’s. Obama won Electoral and Popular votes, and Republicans stymied him every chance, so should we. Republicans threatened to not even allow Hillary if she was elected to appoint a Supreme Court Justice, I think we should too.
Getting back to what these protests are about. It isn’t about the fact that we lost, it is about what we stand to lose with a Trump presidency. Already there have been hundreds of hate crimes committed. I shared the fear that children are feeling as related to me by my sister who is a social worker at an underprivileged school.
The point of the protests is to let Muslims, Women, the LGTBIA community, Hispanics, African-Americans, and the WORLD, know that America may have made a mistake, but there are still friends and allies in this country. These protesters got off the sidelines to let their community know that there are still people who will defend their right to exist in this country. That hate may have won a battle, but it will not win the war, because it never has. Trump brought the KKK out of the woodwork and into the light, and it is these protesters who are going to ensure they have no safe-haven, not through violence but through ensuring their message remains one to be ashamed of. That can only be accomplished by making your voice loud and heard. You know, by taking to the streets in larger numbers than them.
It is, however, not enough to just protest. This is where Republicans constantly beat us Progressives and Liberals. They didn’t get the election results they wanted with Obama, so they set about trying to ensure it would be harder for his supporters to vote. Long lines at the polls is not a symbol of how great our democracy is, though it is great to see so many people willing to wait to just cast a vote, long lines are a symbol of a failure of governmental efficiency. Sadly, it is intentional on the part of certain people. There were more polling places closed this election year and many had shorter hours. That was by design. I don’t believe the election was stolen from Hillary, but I do believe there is a movement to make it harder for the poor and minorities to vote, you know supporters of Democrats.
So we as Progressives and Liberals need to go to work. Organize and fight back. Not with violence as they have, but with institutional change. We must keep our elected representatives in check. We must run for local offices. We must motivate our community to stand with us. We must ensure that in two years Republicans lose the House and two years after that they lose The White House. I mourn for now, but as I said in my Facebook post, I’m getting my ass off the sidelines.