To you, yes you, the one who thinks everything is going to be fine—"sore losers," “common ground,” and all that—the one who says, "Why is this any different than any other election?" I have this to say:
If Secretary Clinton had won, this is what November 9th would have looked like for us. I might have smiled a bit, but the reality of another four years of Republican obstructionism ahead would have dampened the party atmosphere. The Green Party people would have risen to fight the good fight another day and patted themselves on the back for showing up. Someone would have probably purchased for Gov. Johnson an atlas and a history book, maybe a subscription to a newspaper. And Trump supporters would still have been angry with every person that isn't a reflection of their Nationalist beliefs.
As it is, the Green Party can count their votes and the minutes we have left before the coal and fossil fuel industries crank back up to pre-1970 levels. Gone will be the restrictions that protect the environment because they "slow" production and profits. I'm glad you're so proud of that showing, Green Party. You can proudly paint the number of votes on the pipeline and it can be your super secret club sign. Haven't you heard? The administration you helped put in office has in its first 100 day plan:
- —lift the restrictions on the production of $50 trillion dollars' worth of job-producing American energy reserves, including shale, oil, natural gas and clean coal.
- —lift the Obama-Clinton roadblocks and allow vital energy infrastructure projects, like the Keystone Pipeline, to move forward
- —cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America's water and environmental infrastructure
Gary Johnson supporters...really? Why are so many people unhappy with you? If you have to ask, maybe you are as clueless as your candidate was concerning current affairs. The third party votes were the margin of win for the autocrat in many of the battleground states. That's why! And what do you get for that vote. Let's see...according to the incoming administration's 100 day plan, you've helped raise taxes on the poor and middle class, reduce taxes on the wealthy and corporations, and will significantly increase the national debt. Should we remind you of the number of people who are about to lose healthcare? Thank you for being so committed to your ideals. We’re going to need that kind of dedication to live through this mess you helped create. Bless your hearts.
And finally, the Trump supporters are still angry, if not more so, as evidenced by the reports from around the country of threats of violence made to people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and anyone that hasn’t frantically scraped all the human rights and Hillary stickers off their cars. And while that was expected, win or lose, the newfound legitimacy of their violence evoking leader in the highest office of our land is frighteningly empowering to the Trumpers. And that, that is what is so different for me as a woman, as a liberal, as a part of the LGBTQ community, as a person with family and friends of all races, nationalities, and religions, as a student of history and autocrats, as a caring, environmentally aware, socially conscious, peace-seeking human being waking up today in America. While most of what is happening around me isn't any different than I had imagined it would be, the gut wrenching fear elicited by the results of a democratic election in my country is new. I had no idea how that felt. Now I do.