Well, it just is if you are a human being who values other human beings.
Today this nation hands the reins of power over to a wholly unqualified, intellectually incurious, middle school level maturity, reality TV personality. It is one of the more shameful days in our nation's history that is already riddled with shameful days.
We have failed. Not just our country, but the world who, despite our many hubris laden follies, still looks to us for guidance, inspiration, hope.
Basically, we have allowed our beacon to go out. The lighthouse of this nation shall stand dark for four years as a cabinet of science deniers, educational failures, and professional grifters drag us along as they indulge their inadequacies, pat each other on the ass as they hurt the populace, and laugh at us as we cannot do anything about it.
Well, they think we cannot do anything.
But we can.
We start with the bone deep knowledge that we ARE better than what is being broadcast today to the world. From that place we must stick together, we must march together, we must protest loud, long, unrelentingly. We must bravely have one another's backs. We must call, email, call again, show up at town halls, and when there is an election, we must run for office. We must be a constant reminder to those who now occupy the halls of government that WE, the majority of the people, did not vote for this.
We did not vote for misogyny. We did not vote for xenophobia. We did not vote for racism. We did not vote for LGBTQIA people to be treated as less. We did not vote for a spray tanned, emotional cripple to indulge his narcissism at every turn. We did not vote for a theocrazy theocracy.
We did not vote to "Make America Great Again" because we are educated enough to know we were already making strides in that direction. We know our shameful history. We value knowledge, facts, data. We know we are not a "disaster" as Trump and his minions bellow.
And Trump is already shaking. This self serving reprobate who exists on ego and applause knows deep down that he did not win. He knows his guilt, he sees the crowds amassing around the country, he sees the pushback, he hears the dissent, he reads the embarrassing articles, tweets, and missives that are everywhere. He knows deep down that he is a fraud, and what's worse for him? He knows WE know it.
He knows we are better than today.
We are strong. We are smart. We are humanitarian. We care about each other. All things he cannot relate to. We care about protecting those who have been marginalized. We see inequities and demand they be righted. We acknowledge privilege, in all the various forms we wear it - skin color, gender, wealth, education. We acknowledge it and strive to get beyond it so we may better relate, understand, HELP those who do not have such an easy ride through life.
As Trump is sworn in today, under an increasing dark cloud of guilt, complicity, and corruption, we must remind ourselves that we are better than today. We are better than those who think words like "snowflake" and "libtard" are slurs. Sorry, kids, but I will wear the label Libtard Snowflake proudly.
It means I care. It means that I educate myself. It means I will never believe I know enough. It means I stand with those who cannot stand on their own. It also means I know I am better than those who call me that. Yes, I typed it. I am better than racists, homophobes, misogynists, Islamophobes. I am also better than those who stood shoulder to shoulder with racists and haters of all stripes, accepting the ugliness, embracing it, voting it into power.
I am better than you. WE are better than you. Because in the end, we will save this country from you. Yes, we Libtard Snowflakes with our educations and big vocabularies and open hearts will save this nation. WE are patriots. We love this country, not with blinders on or through rose colored glasses, but we love this country knowing all that we have done wrong in the past, accepting all that we have inflicted, stolen, trampled. We love this country because our ideals are worth protecting. Not in some bullshitty "We're #1!" memey way, but with a love born of seeing where we have been, what we have accomplished, and what we still can be.
Those who throw those "cuck" "snowflake" "libtard" labels around are not patriots, as they like to call themselves. True patriots would have been standing up demanding a new election. Demanding a thorough, complete investigation before any inauguration was allowed to take place. Patriots would be outraged that a foreign power had its hands in our election process. True patriots see the long game, not just the short win.
No, these people are not patriots. They are patridiots.
They do not care that Trump was chosen, elevated, and today will be sworn in with a tsunami of guilt bearing down on him.
They only care that they think they won.
When the reality is, they have lost. Willingly, knowingly - they lost. And they have done it out of spite, ignorance, and their laughable pride in being mental wastelands. I have said it before, I will say it again - Sarah Palin made stupidity fashionable. And these people still wear it like a brain mullet. They don't read (no, People magazine does not count), think higher education is elitist, and have disdain for anyone who appreciates culture, arts, the world at large.
THEY are not better than today. THEY are the embodiment of today.
Our only hope is that we, the majority, stand together, stand tall, stand strong. We must make our voices heard at every turn. We must protect the advances we have made. Not just because it is right in principle, but because to allow protections and equality to be undone is to allow our fellow human beings to be hurt. To allow Palin's death panels to become a reality - no one will be able to afford cancer and care.
There is power in numbers. Maybe not when the polls are gerrymandered like some origami project gone awry, but when it comes to public pushback against our government officials and their heinous plots and plans - our voices matter.
And when 2018 rolls around and the polls reopen, we must look back and remember today, remember that we are better than what we watched take place, and begin the process of firmly grabbing the reins back from those who who do not understand the honor and obligation attached to the power.
Today is a shitshow. It is a national embarrassment. Just know that you are not alone, you matter, and that you ARE better than today.
Because together we will eventually show the world that we are all working for a better tomorrow.