Today, Donald Trump becomes president of the United States of America. I’ve been in denial of this since Election Day, but today I can’t run from it anymore. So I won’t even try. Instead what I will do is choose to be optimistic, choose to be happy, and choose to keep fighting the good fight.
Yes, Donald Trump is president. But I find comfort in the fact that majority of voters did not support him. The most troubling part of November 8, 2016 for me was thinking that majority of Americans agreed with him not just on actual policy issues, but also about the way he speaks about/to others. So yes, I find comfort in the fact that while he rightfully won the Electoral College, majority of voters in the United States do not support this man for president. Hillary Clinton received like 2.9 million more votes. That’s the population of Kansas! His margin of victory is the third worst in presidential history.
Yes, Donald Trump is president, but puppies and bacon are still things that exist in our world. I have a piece or three of bacon every weekend and forget all my problems for those five minutes of guilt-free bliss. I can still do this with or without Trump as Commander-in-Chief. Hopefully.
Yes, Donald Trump is president, but we all have local elections coming up that can make a very real impact on our day to day lives. We all have the power to knock doors and make calls on behalf of candidates that stand up for our values and our families. Do you know who your mayor is? Do you know who your city council-members are? Your local representative? Your state senator? All of these people impact your day to day life, sometimes in ways more obvious than our federal government. (Think schools, police, roads, transportation, fire, water, sewer, trash, adoption services, hospitals, state universities, minimum wage, taxes, penalties for certain crimes, gun laws, health insurance, marijuana, Sunday liquor sales, rural broadband, unemployment, paid family leave, job training programs, and more…)
So if you’re a bit sassy about Trump being president, or even if you’re not, get involved. Do something about it. Stand up for what you believe in, on every level. Lobby your local elected officials on issues that are important to you and your family. Your voice is more powerful than you think.
Yes, Donald Trump is president, but the sun will rise tomorrow. The next opportunity you have to make a difference in who governs you is today, not November 3, 2020.
Do something. If you have any questions about how to get involved locally, let me know!