On November 8th, 2016 our worst nightmare began. Incredibly, Donald Trump was suddenly and unexpectedly elected the President of the United States. For me, the reality of living in Trump’s America has been even worse than I imagined. For months after the election, many, many people wanted to know who was going to step in save us from this monster. It has been a terrifying and traumatic ordeal for millions of us.
During his campaign, Trump kept saying he was going to drain the swamp. Well, it turns out he was right. But not in the way he intended. Like a snake charmer, he brought out all of the stinking, nasty, corrupt people and organizations that were hiding in plain sight. Trump signaled to them that they were now welcome to come out in the open. To this day, I never cease to amazed and appalled at the sheer amount of horrible human beings that are in Trump’s inner circle. He brought the swamp creatures to the surface so that we could see them.
I am beginning to think that there is a divine purpose for Trump becoming President as painful as it has been. Donald Trump is the catalyst for ushering in a new era in the United States. Not the era he and his supporters intended–of the 1950’s White Supremacy, Father Knows best mentality where racism, sexual assault against women were widespread and socially acceptable.
No, he has helped usher in a new, enlightened and progressive era. As a result of the horrific mass shootings, the #NeverAgain movement sprung up spontaneously and I believe these young people are the future leaders of America. They are bright, articulate, and progressive. The NRA is now for the first time ever being seriously called on the carpet. People are seeing the NRA for what it really is. A radical, hateful and powerful organization that pays politicians millions of dollars every year to ensure that the ridiculously liberal gun laws won’t be seriously challenged, even after all of the horrific mass shootings.
Powerful men have been called out for being sexual abusers. One after another: Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, Harvey Weinstein, and Trump himself. As a result, the #MeToo movement sprung up and is becoming a powerful force against sexual assault and harassment. In a broader context, the Women’s movement has become large and powerful. There have been massive Women’s marches all over the country. More women are running for office than ever before.
We were forced to open our eyes and see the frightening numbers of racists in this country. On January 28th 2017, when Trump signed the executive order for the Muslim travel ban, thousands of Americans dropped what they were doing and made a beeline to the airports all over the country to defend our Muslim friends.
Donald Trump and his GOP enablers are probably about to go down in flames. Soon, they will be gone and Democrats will probably take control of the House and Senate in November. Big changes are happening now, and no one knows quite how it’s all going to play out once the dust settles.
What’s left after they are gone is us. Because of Trump, we now know that democracy is not a spectator sport. We actually have to work to defend Democracy and decency. We can no longer assume that Democracy will always rule. Large and powerful historical progressive movements have been born from this. WE are making America great again. WE are draining the swamp. We the People stood up for America at its most vulnerable time since the Civil War. No Knight in shining armor came riding in on a white horse to rescue us from this tyrannical, mentally unstable President. Even aside from Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation, we have done a pretty darn good job of resisting this evil ourselves. By resisting, marching, connecting on Social Media and organizing, voting, and staying engaged in the process no matter how difficult and exhausting. Somebody in the beginning said, “This is going to me a marathon, not a sprint.” That has proven to be true.
We are saving ourselves. Day after day, we fight back. We call our elected officials. We say hell no. We are Americans and we are not going to let Trump take our country away from us.