Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Reflections: Trump Wins the Presidency

This is worse than any conspiracy theory I had imagined.
We should have believed the message sent by the GOP primaries.
Those of us who have been living in comfort and security and ignoring our neighbors for whom life has been growing more and more precarious for decades have no one to blame but ourselves for the rise of a demagogue.
We have been repeatedly told that the middle class is dying and that the numbers were with those for whom the system has stopped working, but we looked away wrapped in our sense of smug superiority to "the rubes out in fly-over country."
Well, guess what? They still have their pitchforks. And they have spoken.
We have learned that need and anger in the present and fear for the future trumps identity politics. Now the anger is ours; the fear is ours; but we don't have the numbers: Hoist on our own petard.
And finally: Thanks a lot, Debbie Wasserman Schultz.