I’m not sure about you, but I’m exhausted! This past week has been a roller coaster ride watching the US presidential election. For the most part, it had me sitting on pins and needles. I doubt I was alone. Based on the shit show we’ve observed from Donald Trump over the past four years, we shouldn’t be surprised at the way this election played out. It was sooo frustrating to watch. I could only imagine how our friends south of the border were feeling.
I’ll be honest; it wasn’t hard getting sucked into the drama, finding myself channel surfing at any opportune moment, searching for the latest election update. There were so many sources to read about and watch, but it was NBC’s Chuck Todd’s enthusiasm who won me over. I loved the oversized map, and his hypothetical math, changing the results from state to state, calculating the odds of electoral votes. I don’t pretend to understand all the workings of US politics and to be clear, I don’t live there, but I find it interesting as it is informative. The good news is, I’ve learned more from this election than any other previously, and I’m Canadian! Let there be no mistake, Canada has it’s own share of difficult moments too, but that’s a conversation for another time. A lot was riding on this US election. It was history in the making on all counts for the United States with the world watching. Joe Biden is the new president-elect, and Trump is having none of it! WTF! Can someone please put this man in handcuffs, and silence him once and for all! Oops! That was my inside voice.
“Democracy is not a state. It is an act.” John Lewis
Republican Senator, John McCain lived by the motto “country first”. I can agree, sometimes it’s not about the party but the person. Asking yourself, do they represent me and my beliefs? I know there are staunch voters on both sides, but in this instance, for me, it was apparent, the narcissistic, spray-tanned, fried chicken eating, combover bully in this election needed to go. That’s just my opinion. So yes, I’m a concerned neighbour north of the border, hoping that my neighbour gets it right, which in the end will affect both of our countries. Donald Trump needs to do what’s best for the country right now, not what’s right for the party—showing the world while there’s still time by leaving with dignity and grace.
But while I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities. And to the children of our country, regardless of your gender, our country has sent you a clear message: Kamala Harris
It’s been a very long time and very refreshing to hear the speeches from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Their words were confident, optimistic and very presidential. I noticed their tone immediately, moving me in a way I didn’t expect, as an outsider. Donald Trump’s presidency affected all of us. There wasn’t a dinner conversation or a book club meeting or a coffee date where his name didn’t come up followed by an eye-roll.
“For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight. I’ve lost a couple of times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress, we have to stop treating our opponents as our enemies. They are not our enemies. They are Americans. They are Americans.” Joe Biden
I’ll wrap up my vent with a quick homage to SNL and their sensationalized skits on Trump, and his reality presidency. Who didn’t enjoy?! There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, and the material kept on coming! Unfortunately, the team at SNL will have to find new material once Trump leaves the White House, or not? He will keep us entertained one way or another; he can’t help himself. In the meantime, both Jim Carrey and Maya Rudolph have nailed their new president – elect characters seamlessly. There will be more to come, this I know for sure!
It’s the end of an error!