Well, … Okay.
Here we are.
Most of America made choices that I think are beyond foolish, possibly into dangerous territory. The government for the next four years will be able to do pretty much whatever it wants, without any checks or balances, and the put a megalomaniacal, sexual-assaulting, blowhard liar at the helm whose only true interest is in. Way. To. Go.
Last night, every time I closed my eyes, I kept having visions of what happens now, and it was nightmarish. I can’t say I slept much. By any measure, it’s going to be an alarming, unpredictable, and potentially horrifying four years. I just hope it won’t be worse than that.
But as I was laying there awake, heart racing and stomach sunken to the floor, I thought to myself: This doesn’t change who I am. It doesn’t change who we, Americans, can be as a people. Yes, we may have put ourselves back who knows how many decades, because people can and do make very stupid choices at times.
But this is an opportunity to rise above the stupidity, to show that even if our government is making harmful and idiotic policies, we as individuals are not harmful or idiotic. This is a chance to show what it means to be a German hiding Jews in Nazi Germany. We can reach out to our neighbors who are vulnerable, and more likely to be impacted by all these crazy policies than those of us who are well off. Jesus called us to take care of the widows and orphans; well, if we’re too stupid to elect a government to do it, we can still act as individuals to help.
I don’t think I’m articulating this well. W what I’m trying to say is that one response is horror, shock, heartbreak, stunned astonishment, all leading to anger and disconnection. Another response is horror, shock, heartbreak, stunned astonishment, leading to compassionate caring for people most impacted by this disaster. I think that as Christians, Christ would call us to the latter.
I vote as I think Jesus would have, in favor of the marginalized and those unable to care for themselves. That’s why I so often vote for tax increases that impact us but benefit other people… oh, people who need mental health help, or low income housing, or whatever. But if the vote doesn’t go that way, my responsibility to help those less fortunate than myself isn’t abrogated. Instead, if anything, my responsibility is increased.
This is our chance to step up and show that we are bigger and better than this election. Even if things go totally sideways and we end up in decades-long collapse, we as individuals can continue making choices to support, love, and care for those who need it. No election changes who we are, and no election can that take away.