I’m breaking my silence on where I stand politically!

Note:  Comments are turned off for this post. I, and almost all of my friends, have been in a very bad place since the events of 8 November. We’re heartbroken, and terrified for the future. I now regret having become so private and quiet about my lifelong, passionate left-wing views, and staying silent when Republican friends espoused views which are completely anathema to me.

I wanted to avoid political arguments and bridge-burning, but now I see I was giving silent consent and horribly misrepresenting and denying my lifelong values. Growing up poor and working-class is the primary thing which led me to these views. It just seemed a natural affiliation, given my life experiences and background.

Now, when my emotions are so raw, I don’t care to weather any potential attacks on myself or my political views on my own blog. I’m a left-wing Democrat with (mostly) strongly Socialist views, and that’s not up for debate or criticism. It just is, and always will be, though there are some issues I have a more conservative view on. I’d never force my views on anyone or tell someone s/he’s wrong for being a Republican. Respect runs both ways.

I truthfully really don’t like the idea of putting one label on myself about any issue, wish we would’ve listened when President Washington warned against the danger of political parties, and don’t like labels in general, but when it comes to politics, that’s the most accurate way I can think of to describe myself.

Had I been born into a family with more money, a man, in another part of the country, in another religion, neurotypical, etc., my political views might be very different. We all have to live our own truths, and I don’t begrudge anyone’s different life path. My life path, however, isn’t up for debate, and I won’t be told to “suck it up” or “get over it” when I, and so many of my friends, are dealing with such pain and grief.

Also, almost everyone in my local Jewish community, and many of my Jewish friends online, feel like we’re back in 1933 Germany, and many of them have said they’ll flee to Canada, Germany, or Israel. This isn’t paranoia or overactive imaginations, but a very real fear. I also will be getting my passport renewed as soon as possible.

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More apropos now than ever:

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Even so, one step from my grave,
I believe that cruelty, spite,
The powers of darkness will in time
Be crushed by the spirit of light.

(from “Nobel Prize,” by Boris Leonidovich Pasternak)

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The gates of Hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way;
But to return, and view the cheerful skies,
In this the task and mighty labor lies.

(from Virgil’s Aeneid, Book VI, Lines 126–129)

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First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

(One of several poetic versions of Pastor Martin Niemöller’s famous speech)

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