I do not agree with Hillary Clinton that we need to cooperate with our new president-elect. I had to think about this because I do not want to see our country fail. I want to see our country prosper. But I don’t want to see our people in pain and failing. I do not want our president-elect to fulfill certain campaign promises made.
If Muslims are going to be rounded up and deported simply for being Muslim, or if American Muslims are going to be attacked simply for being Muslim, then I do not want any part of that.
If people of color (all colors that are not white) are going to be attacked simply for not being white, I want no part of it.
If the anti-Semitism that I’ve been seeing thus far continues to grow , I want no part of it, and as a Jew, I am personally frightened by it.
If the LGBTQ community continues to feel frightened because of the increasing hatred against them, and if my friends and family find their marriages annulled or revoked by new federal legislation overturning Obergefell v. Hodges, I want no part of it.
If millions of people, myself included, lose their health insurance because of the dismantling of Obamacare, I want no part of it.
I will be a vocal opposition.
Make no mistake, I am not going to be a party to a “party of NO” or condone a “party of NO” like we’ve seen with our Congress over the last 8 years. The obstructionism that was the last 8 years was appalling. For example, if our president-elect and our Congress can agree on things like fixing our failing (falling apart) infrastructure, I’m all for it. This isn’t about my candidate losing the election per se. It’s about Donald Trump’s campaign of hate becoming legislation. I will not stand for racist, fascist, or bigot-tinged legislature of any type and will continue to speak loudly against any such action. I don’t care if 1/2 of America is for it, if it’s wrong, I don’t want any part of it. I’m not going to hold hands and sing Kumbaya with anyone that is for any such legislation.
As the Dixie Chicks said years ago, “I’m not ready to make nice”. I will be part of an opposition that will hold our president-elect, and our Congress, to promises that they will be representative of our entire country. I am watching our local Virginia delegates to insure they represent all of us and will be vocal if they don’t.
While I respect the office of President, Donald Trump? Not so much. He’s more than a mere asshole. Unfortunately , his hate-filled, misogynistic , bigoted, racist rhetoric thus far makes it so that I doubt I will ever respect the man. Leopards don’t change their spots and putting the mantle of “President ” on him won’t change his hate filled heart.
Additionally , I take back anything I’ve said about wanting the Electoral College to remain intact. There have been 5 times in our country’s history that the vote and the Electoral College were not in-sync and the last two have occurred in the last 16 years. This year because Hillary Clinton has won the popular vote; and in 2000 when Al Gore actually had over 500, 000 more votes than George W. Bush but still lost the election because of the College. According to the Washington Post, a vote to abolish the College, and send the vote to the states, failed in the Senate by just 2 votes back in 1934. Yes it will take a constitutional amendment but I think that it will be worth it to become “one person, one vote” and make the USA a true democracy.