November 10th, 2016

green little review

Poem for Thursday and South Mountain

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There's not going to be much in here for a few days because I have nothing to contribute that isn't rage or -- well, I was going to say despair, but really it's more rage. I had a Facebook friend whining today that someone defriended her purely because she voted for Trump and she thinks it's really mean that someone would defriend her over politics -- what if her friend is Mexican and facing deportation, or of being allowed to stay but never being able to have relatives visit? what if her friend is black and facing police aggression? what if her friend is Muslim and facing persecution as a potential terrorist? what if her friend has been sexually assaulted and now has a president who thinks women ask for it? what if her friend is Jewish and terrified from those Trump ads about a global Jewish banking conspiracy? what if her friend is gay and now has a vice president who not only wants to take away his right to marry but to put him in jail?

And the people who voted third party on the grounds that voting one's conscience is the most important thing, I think we need to have a conversation about "conscience" vs. "privilege." Sure, there are issues with Clinton as a candidate and as a policymaker. Sure, on paper the Greens and Libertarians offer things the big parties have sold out to special interests. If you can afford to throw out the status quo for revolution, you likely aren't inhabiting one of the bodies that will be flung to the front lines of the war. You aren't a minority or a woman or an immigrant or someone who desperately needs health care or someone with a disability that our new president-elect will dismissively mock. Yeah, as I said, still really angry. I tried to distract myself watching The Crown (yep, British prime ministers had issues too) and later Blindspot and Designated Survivor (both too close to home). And I took calming walks to enjoy the autumn. Fall around South Mountain:

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