The winter beach
Midterm elections. The day after the day after. First off let me say, I am neither a Democrat nor a Republican. I have voted in every single Presidential election since I was 21 and I voted my conscience. In recent months, we (the Writer and I) signed petitions, wrote letters, made phone calls, put out signs, talked to neighbors, read, and listened to as many Americans as we could. We voted. We nervously watched the results.
I want to have hope for this country. I want to understand women willing to vote for men who disparage women, men who have insulted and assaulted them, their daughters, mothers, friends. I want to understand those who feel it is moral and right to lie when it suits their cause. I want to understand those who believe the right to own murder weapons is more important than the rights of children to be safe in school, worshippers in churches, shoppers in malls. I want to understand why some feel so threatened by brown people, families seeking asylum, transgender men/women. I have been trying, I really have.
The hope I have today isn't huge but it's a little more than I had a couple days ago. I am relieved that my health insurance is probably safe for another two years with the new majority in the House, and maybe my Social Security, too. It's good that with the new majority in the House, some balance of power will be restored. I'm glad to know two Somali Muslim women -- one from Minnesota where I volunteered in this immigrant population -- are among the new representatives elected. I am pleased that first Native American woman was also elected to the House (I just learned there were two!). Isn't it about time?
How are you feeling after the midterm elections?