An American Nightmare

November 8th, 2016.  A day I will never forget.

It's the day that Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to the host of The Apprentice.  It causes me revulsion to even think of his name, let alone write it.

Pretty apt.

Pretty apt.

The President-elect is a notorious xenophobe, misogynist, racist, sexual predator, impulsive child, bully, and pathological liar who played the very system he was running against in order to win.  He used an archaic system, the Electoral College, one that he himself denounced in 2012 on the eve of Barack Obama's election to a second term, to his advantage and swiped the win from the rightful next Commander-In-Chief; someone we would call Madame President for the first time in history.  A man with absolutely no political experience, and who is notorious for avoiding the law because he's rich.  This man is now the leader of the free world.

I feel betrayed.  I feel hurt.  I feel heartbroken.  I feel dismissed.  I feel absolutely fucking terrified.

I feel this way not only because the rightful President was robbed of her rightful position by this pissant.  I feel this way because of the way he was elected, because of the types of people who voted for him.  White people.  Scared white people.  Scared, uneducated white people.  55 million of them deciding the fate of our country.  55 million scared white people deciding who gets protected under the Constitution and who doesn't.  Deciding that an entire gender of people, one who makes up OVER HALF THE NATION, deserves to continue to be marginalized and disrespected, denied their rights and treated as "other".

I feel this way on behalf of the millions of LGBTQ, POC, and Muslim people who now have so many more reasons to be afraid for both their lives and their livelihoods.  The hatred that has spawned and flourished in our country has completely disguised the idea that all are created equal.  We've entered an Orwellian nightmare, and we have no one to blame but ourselves.

The idea of America as it stands right now is a complete sham.  The world fears what will happen now that Orange Ball Of Hate is about to take office.  I'm not sure I ever believed in the American Dream; I sure as hell don't now.  Coming from nothing, fighting and working your way to the top, coming to this great country from far away looking for opportunity, no more.  Now, people will spit in your face the moment you set foot on American soil.  They'll deny you your rights based on your religion, your sexuality, your gender, or your race.  They won't judge the content of your character; the surface is all that matters to America now.

We are not a democracy.  The people did not decide this election.  If we had, Hillary Clinton would have won in a landslide.  She received 200,000 (update: more than 2 million) more votes than he did and still lost.  The media is partially to blame, for covering hours upon hours of uninterrupted rallies, where he spewed hateful vitriol about anybody he could think of and incited violence among those who supported him and those who disagreed.

We have to take matters into our own hands.  We need to protect those who need protecting, keep funding the institutions that provide beneficial services and the ability to exercise the right to choose what happens to your own body, even when it doesn't jive with the fucking religious beliefs of those in charge.  We need to stand strong and fight this blind hatred that has consumed our country and that has now reached a terrifying apex.

Om shanti.