Getting right into it:
Much digital ink has been spilled already, given what happened with our election here in the "United" States.
It feels "tough" to understand just what is going to happen now. Is it "nothing"? It's hard to understand what to expect when your country's next top elected official has no political experience whatsoever. We do not know the extent to which promises made during the campaign were pandering for votes and/or were actually intended to remain on the docket post-election.
Moving from what is going to happen to what has already happened since. I joined in protesting here in Philadelphia. My specific reason for protesting was how we now have a President-elect having made fun of someone with a disability, mocking a reporter as shared here: http://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2015/11/26/donald-trump-mocks-reporter-with...
I am speechless like others are, not in the sense that we are unable to speak, but rather that I wonder what I could say that may resonate with me or another. What is there to say that feels significant-enough to counter the embarrassment I feel as an American given this result?
I have an invisible disability and I also take medicine for seizure-control. I stick with "Not My President" as a slogan, which was on the sign I wrote, as I cannot feel that he represents me nor the tens of millions of other Americans with disabilities, which the CDC reported as "53 million adults" in 2015.
-I tell myself that this was a failure of the Democratic party to get people excited enough for their candidate this time.
-I tell myself that this is an issue of cities (where people have to interact with others unlike them by necessity, and so must respect their rights as they ask for the same for themselves from others) and areas without such diversity, such that I can feel comfortable living in a city and not feeling like our country overall is regressionist, even if it may be. Dan Savage shared this thought.
-I tell myself that this was a fault of the media for creating a false equivalency between candidates, beating the "Clinton emails"-drum so much given a lack of issues to cover about her given the numerous issues during his campaign. "News for ratings" is so dangerous, as people get what they are willing to watch, rather than what we truly should get to know.
If someone punched you once, you'll be better able to know what that punch felt like, better able to describe it exactly, how that one punch hurt. If someone punched you repeatedly, it's harder to separate the individual punches to describe them individually, isn't it? That's what media coverage felt like to me, in how the candidates were being presented to us.
Hitting the floor repeatedly doesn't cause the floor to sink, but my country did sink to the floor this time with this election. I truly hope that this is not a new normal for our elections.
Enabling myself and others, I decided that the best thing to do would be to donate to environmental causes. I have signed up to donate on a monthly-basis to the Environmental Defense Fund, at a great time to do so seeing as donations were being "...matched $2-for-$1 for the next 12 months by the High Meadows Foundation, tripling your impact all year long".
As I tell others, laws can change back and forth across time, but we cannot rewind the clock when it comes to environmental damage. I don't expect our President-elect to favor regulations beneficial to our environment's health. So, I encourage others to do what they can to help our environment.
Here is the EDF's FB page: http://support.edf.org/site/R?i=OjukICTboAS09A5cHslFqg
With that, please take care of yourself, Dear Reader, and be well.
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