Thoughts on the Presidential Election, and What to do Next (If you’re on the Internet this affects you!)

This has been a particularly hard time for me and for millions of other Americans; we had an election and while Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Trump won the electoral votes to become President of the United States. I would have liked the election to be about issues, but instead it became about values, and it got really ugly. I personally don’t want to live in a country that thrives on hatred and division and because of that I am grappling with some big decisions.

Throughout the election process, I tried to stick to the issues. I did not condone or participate in any name calling, and I cringed every time I saw someone calling other people names on either side and still do. I did not unfriend anyone because of their beliefs during the election, but I did unfriend anyone who was vile and I did report to Facebook anyone who crossed the line into calling for violence. Fortunately, there were only a few of those. And, I tried to listen and understand the other side. Ultimately, it became clear to me that people believe what they believe, and then find the evidence to support their beliefs and you just aren’t going to be in alignment with everyone.

After the election, like many others, I was stunned. I was sad. I cried. I got depressed. I got scared. I went in and out in waves and still do, but to a lesser degree now. I thought there was something wrong with me, that I was taking “too long” because people were saying “get over it”, “be positive”, and “move on”. But,I also read pieces that spoke to me and made me realize that a lot of people were going through similar feelings and that, in fact, I realized that just being positive and moving on actually be dangerous.

Now, I’ve often heard that it is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Well, I couldn’t stop reacting to it, and I was feeling absolutely sick, so I knew I had to do deal with it. But, I was conflicted. I didn’t want to unfriend people. I always thought of myself as an open-minded fair person, but I was having a hard time reconciling that with cutting people out of my life. Finally, I came to the conclusion that my sanity and my health were more important and it had to be okay for me to do what I felt I had to do. And so, I started removing people from my life on Facebook and to my surprise, I felt relieved and empowered!

Now, I still have friends who didn’t vote the way I did, but they didn’t offend or blame, and there are some that I don’t even know what they think about the election and I’m glad I don’t know.
But here’s the bottom line, this election has changed me. I cannot do nothing. I have to get involved and stay involved. We all do. You can’t just vote every four years and think the rest will take care of itself, it won’t. I have seen families ripped apart and marriages ended over this election. It’s heartbreaking. I just hope that our country is not torn apart by it. I lived through the 60’s, the Vietnam war and the civil right movement and I know this is going to be a another very tumultuous period in our history, because we will not let the rights of our citizens be taken away and we will not lose our country.

Ben Franklin was once asked if we had a Republic or a Monarchy and he replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it”. Our job now, will be to keep it.

The good thing is there are millions of people who are committed to keeping it, regardless of who they voted for. Already, groups are forming to fight anything that undermines our current laws and form of government. We are giving millions of dollars in small donations and supporting the cause to stop this from happening and keeping our Republic. And if that doesn’t move you, maybe this will… Net Neutrality is on the line.

Net Neutrality preserves our right to communicate freely on the Internet. Without Net Neutrality, cable and ph one companies could carve the Internet into two lanes: a slow one and a fast one.And ISP’s could charge a fee for preferential treatment and those who cannot pay would be left behind; small businesses could be put out of business. An to make matters even worse, ISP’s could slow down it’s competition’s content or block political opinions it disagreed with. So, if you think this won’t impact you, think again!

So, I hope you will join us.

What you can do:

Call your Representative
Call your Senators
Call the President now and after January 21st.
Pay and Subscribe to your local paper and stay informed!
(They need to exist as they are the ones breaking the big stories and their newsrooms are being cut.)

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