“We have met the enemy and he is us.” – Pogo Possum, 1971.
Pogo was right.
Yesterday, despite pleas and warnings from non-Americans to “don’t fuck this up,” America did. How we did that, and why we did that will be fodder for a million articles and historians for decades to come.
But this morning, many of us are feeling anxiety, fear, and anger. I recognize that fear for the future of this country and international relations because I felt the same way back in 1972 when Nixon was elected. He was gone within two years after the public woke up to his abuses of power and violations of the rule of law.
Will the country wake up within the next year and will Trump and Congress suffer a tremendous backlash, or will the alt-right and rural members of our society be pleased by what he does as President? Will those of us who opposed him vociferously find something good about his presidency and will we be pleasantly surprised? Only time will tell, I guess.
But this morning, the sun still came up, and my dog is still curled up next to me demanding that I pay attention to her. The world didn’t end last night.
So those of us who worked for, fought for, and put our lives on the line for civil liberties and human rights need to take a breath, and then dig deep down and find the strength to stand up and continue working towards a better society for all of us.