As an American blogger (particularly an expat one) , I’m required to post about the election this week.
Am I scared? Some.
Am I angry? A bit.
Am I disappointed ? Yes.
Am I surprised? Not really.
I mean, after the initial shock, I sighed and shook my head. America has always had an unfortunate undercurrent of all the -isms . . . Racism, sexism, exceptionalism , and a number of phobias and bigotry. I’m a big girl and I can acknowledge our downfalls as a nation.
At first I thought that these election results meant that these horrible things had reached a majority and were socially acceptable now. I was even worried about my own safety when I return home this summer. But then I talked to some people who voted for trump. They didn’t vote for him because they agree with him, they did it because they hate Hillary and the current system. So instead of being directly terrible, some people just lack empathy and are a bit ignorant to the concerns of the minority.
It’s better than being hateful. . ?
So I have hope still that my country won’t fall into total disrepair. Will there be setbacks? I think so. But hopefully we won’t crash and burn.
Now it’s up to the rest of us to kick into high gear, write our representatives , and keep up to date on every bit of legislation that comes across the executive desk. Make our voices heard. We are not a nation of jerks . We are just angry.
I am American, hear me roar.