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I had been very down the last couple of days, then this morning I realized that as an artist it’s my duty to use my creative voice as a resistance to this tyranny that’s about to try to establish itself in an effort to move this country backward. I am feeling quite optimistic that the artists will switch into high gear in a way that Republicans won’t be able to stop.
I hope so
Incidentally, I do agree with Robin in the sense that I don’t want a total schism or divide between people. I am not here advocating total Republican hate or redneck bashing (well, maybe just a little bit), no but seriously, I am not even American, I am a British person living in Japan, but I know how much influence this potential dictator is going to have on the whole world (Japanese people are in a real panic about it all) and though you might think I am overreacting here, I actually do not. What I worry about are infringements on freedom of expression: T is already threatening to try and make it easier to sue journalists, for example, which means this is a distinct possibility. I don’t want civil war or total Them vs Us, but at the same time, when things are unacceptable we have to talk about them. And I do believe that the justifiable indignation that people feel over a monster like that being elected the president of the USA really will fuel some brilliant creativity. Just wait for music to get better, for example – it will. As will film, fashion, the word, even perfume. Oppression and repression and suppression lead to expression. And I was never very cowardly in that regard!
I needed to read this today. Thank you.
It needed to be said! Glad it may have been of some help…
I once knew a high school bully who went off to university and got exposed to John Coltrane and Jack Kerouac and was never the same again. So I’m going to have hope and believe that the next 4 years will be like university, where creative voices of the resistance will drown out and reform the hate and intolerance of at least one person.
A nice way of looking at it. A way to preserve sanity and one’s soul.
I am American and I still cannot get a handle on the result of this election. I am a loving and tolerant person, but knowing Americans voted in Despicable Donald to be our President has sickened, angered and scared me. I don’t even want to talk to the so-called friends and acquaintances who post their exuberance of his election on their Facebook page. I cannot fathom how any woman, black, hispanic, or LBGT could ever have voted for him…and yet I do know several women who did (but not the other categories). Since the election, I have woken up every morning thinking it was a bad dream, but instead it is my worst nightmare. I despised this orange man long before now, but never in my wildest nightmares would I have expected this to happen.
I despised him from the offset too, but definitely did expect this to happen, or at least thought that it definitely could, because I felt his power, and I know how simplistically ‘the man on the street’ often looks at things. The difficulty now is going to be not only having him looming in your head. I don’t want him in there, but he is hard to exorcise.
I have been feeling physically sick since he was elected!!! But since I’ve been hearing about the Million Woman March on Washington scheduled for Jan 21, I m motivated to participate in it. This helps me to feel like I m doing something to express my opposition to everything he stands for. Kathy
Kathy, I have signed up for the march as well. March or no march, it won’t change anything.
True. But it might at least make Trump think twice about using misogynist language in the future..
Still in shock here…!
My hope is that this result leads to a stronger democratic party, as well as a new generation of young people galvanised towards effective, compassionate activism. I’d have voted for Sanders had I been in the US. I’m sick of the ugly greedy foreign wars posing as regime change or democracy, and the blatant inequality that leads to even plutocrats suggesting something’s got to give.
Here in relatively peaceful Edinburgh I went for a walk following the US election results, and encountered a group of students protesting Trump. It was positive in tone – music and laughter – but then they gathered on Calton Hill and heard each others testament of intolerance – times they’d been beaten or abused due to their gender, sexuality, religion or race. It was very moving, they demonstrated how you can hate what society has become without hating humanity.
Here we are nearly at Christmas, and I still cannot believe what is happening to us, those of us who do not want this man or his ideas. I feel I’m living in a nightmare, like our country is being held hostage. I am sitting here weeping because I needed to see this sort of response–rage, disdain, insubordination–from someone outside of my country. It helps to feel someone sees what is happening, sees us. I am so afraid.
I still can’t believe it either. And in cohorts with the Russians to fuck over the environment for more oil…….
Still, I do believe that America has a VERY strong sense of its rights and laws and free speech and I do think that there will be very strong movements against anything that decent people find unacceptable. I guess the only thing to do is to align ourselves with them, keep expressing whatever we want to express, but also keep a private, inner, life that has nothing to do with any of it. There is only so much political crap that a person can psychologically tolerate.
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