Betrayal is a hard pill to swallow. It’s especially difficult when the value system you believed in is shattered. And when you know that half of this country does not support the tenants of decency and compassion you believe are humane, it shakes you at your core. You’re left wondering what to believe in.
If so many Americans can allow someone who is so morally bereft to succeed to office, who are we? How can we possibly feel safe in what we’ve become and where he will lead us? The only saving grace is that Hillary actually won the majority of votes.
Trump says he’ll make America great again and protect us from our enemies. He does not grasp that he and his mysoginist, homophobic, bigoted, xenophobic ways are the undoing of everything that made America great. In his ignorance, he likens greatness to fierceness because he doesn’t grasp that when you destroy the values this country represents, you no longer have anything worth fighting for.
We felt honored to live in a country we could be proud of. Our pride was stripped away by our own countrymen on November 8th. ISIS doesn’t need to fire a single shot to defeat us. Our own countrymen have undermined our humanity and launched us on the path to be just like the rest of the self-centered extremists of the world. They grabbed a ride on the coattails of the schoolyard bully like a gang of thug wannabees.
Donald Trump can’t bring this country together because this is not about burying hatchets over a difference of opinion. We are not angry. We are scared. We’re afraid for ourselves. We’re afraid for our children. We’re even afraid for the people who let this happen. They simply didn’t know any better. And much as we can forgive them, we can’t stop being afraid of them or for them. Their values are not consistent with the values we thought America stood for. We don’t know who they are. And so, we can’t embrace them as brethren.
People can agree to disagree about their opinions. They can’t agree to disagree about their fears.