Every where I go it seems people are still in shock about the direction it seems our country is going. I attended an art event last night and it was no surprise that there was a lot of talk about "T" among the artist and patrons attending. I saw a few safety pins being worn something that started in Britain after their vote to leave the European union.
Just as I mentioned before that when you travel in the same circles with people like yourself you have a sense that your on the right side and that most people agree with you. As a democrat who was raised in a devoutly conservative fundamentalist home it has taken me a long time to find my place in the spiritual as well as the political world.
There was never hate in my home my mother instilled the "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" this was really our creed. I never heard my parents criticize each other or anyone else. It was clear that we were republican because the democrats were godless and we just needed to pray for them.
It was the south and the 60's and 70's and in our religion we believed that we had the only ticket to heaven. When I married a catholic I might as well have married the devil himself. He did turn out to be the devil. But it turned out that living with devil forced me to stand up for myself and grow spiritually in ways I couldn't imagine. I can thank him for being the person I am today. A last note about my mother she single handily rallied the church wives to get out and vote. This was was pretty radical for the housewives of her time.
After speaking with my sister this week it is clear our parents gave us the ability to step away from our emotions and try to understand where other people might be coming from. It isn't easy when it seems they are so wrong and we are so right. She felt that the democrats should have come up with a less polarizing candidate. I said that train left the station a long time ago when she lost to Obama.
I have a eastern sense of belief about life in general but I understand the fear that motivates a lot of people. The fear that if we are inclusive and that if we accept people that are different from us we don't have the same clear sense that we are absolutely right in our own personal beliefs.
I also think that democrats just like republicans and want to dismiss the other half of the country as nuts. I think the election was driven by fear and the country was ripe for someone who was willing to bi-pass the usual status quo of both sides and just be his own outrageous self. Reality TV.
I do think this is a wake up call for us democrats it is my experience that as individuals we aren't that visible. In general we are introverts and don't put bumper stickers on our cars or even signs in our yards. Maybe it is time to get more involved maybe this will motivate us to do something different.
I know from my own personal experience that the worst things in my life (the devil) can actually get me moving in a more self-empowered way. Instead of sitting around in shock wondering how we got here. Moments of reflection are good but then the next step is action.