Literally NOT a Test

Once again, I was pondering the question of why people don’t vote. And suddenly it occurred to me that people equate voting with that other thing that we all hate: tests. I bet they look at that ballot with the little bubbles next to the candidates’ names and it makes them think of Continue reading “Literally NOT a Test”

Our Crazy Electoral College

People are still mad about that Electoral College thing. And okay, I do get it: if it hadn’t been for that antiquated and arguably unfair system, which was created as an incentive to get smaller and less-populous agricultural states to ratify the Constitution, Donald Trump would not now be our president. Because, despite what he tells himself, he did NOT actually win the popular vote.Continue reading “Our Crazy Electoral College”

My Fear and the (New) American Way

I’ve been told that a good way to help with anxiety is to identify in detail the thing you are most concerned will happen. This is the Worst-Case Scenario approach, and the theory is that sometimes specifically identifying what we fear can help us realize that our anxiety may be unfounded. So I challenged myself to name the thing that I am most afraid of regarding a Trump Presidency.

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Progressives: From Grief to Action

I think half of America is currently experiencing one of the five stages of grief right now.

The first, DENIAL: You can be sure a lot of Americans went to bed on the night of November 8th certain that by the time they woke up Wednesday morning, everything would be sorted out and Donald Trump would NOT be our president-elect. No way, no how.Continue reading “Progressives: From Grief to Action”

The Stink of Racism

“I’m not a racist.” I keep hearing that.

I’m not a racist. I voted for Trump because of the Supreme Court, or because he is against abortions. Or because he’s an outsider, because he promised to drain the swamp, bring back our jobs, shake things up, make us great again. I voted for him because Hillary is corrupt, evil, not nice, married to Bill. Benghazi. Emails. Killary. But I’m not a racist.Continue reading “The Stink of Racism”

To the [Too Many] Women Who Voted For Trump: You Broke My Heart

The thing that breaks my heart the most is the women. It’s like a punch in the gut that 42% of women voted for that man. That includes a whopping 53% of white women; Continue reading “To the [Too Many] Women Who Voted For Trump: You Broke My Heart”