Usually I write letters to others, but this one is to myself. I think a little self-reflection is needed after this election.
It happened. I know you still can’t believe it happened, but it happened. How did it happen? Nothing about it makes sense. Hillary had the boring policies, she won the debates, “you’re the puppet”, the convention was on point, the ceiling was shattering, she had a strong ad game, and she had Katy Perry.
She had KATY fucking PERRY. We were roaring. You were roaring. And you roared like a champ.
Today Trump went to the White House.
No amount of protesting, crying, bargaining, tweeting, status updating or ranting is going to change the outcome of this election.
So now what?
1. Let them have their moment. You had yours when Obama won. If we are being honest for a moment, it was pretty obnoxious how much of a moment you had. Take a calming breath and just let them have their moment. Type all the responses on Facebook you want and then just hit delete and don’t post. Let them be happy. Life goes on without you responding to every Pro-Trump post on Facebook.
2. IGNORE ALL PETITIONS. As much as you would like to believe that signing that petition from moveon.org is going to make all of this go away, it’s a waste of time. Channel your energy into more productive things. A petition does not bring down a President.
3. Have some hard conversations about what went wrong. That doesn’t mean pointing the finger at “them”, but turning it around and figuring out exactly what went wrong with us. Is this party as diverse and inclusive as it claims to be? Why aren’t there new leaders emerging? Why does this party have trouble connecting with rural and suburban voters? What are some core issues that the party is missing the mark on?
4. Get involved. Get involved. Get involved. I am not 100% sure what is in store for the country in the next four years, but get involved and stay involved. Writing a blog and poking fun at politicians is the fun part, but if you’re really as upset about this election as you claim to be, then you need to take MORE action. You know that the real change happens at the local level.
5. Keep it in perspective. You have lived for YEARS as a liberal in conservative Kansas. You have survived, kept your sense of humor and spoke out for what you believe in. You have Sam, tax cut disaster, Brownback to thank for the years of training in responding to conservative social and economic policies that have destroyed this state. You are not alone. There are thousands and thousands of us in the Midwest that are used to this. We just have to ramp it up to the national level for a while – and really start to roar.
Yours for surviving President Trump,