Well...what can I say, other than you reap what you sow... and that's what the citizens of the good ole U.S of A have to deal with now after the results of last night's election. We now have the 45th President.
I'd like to say, "Thank God or Goddess that I am Canadian and wash my hands of the whole thing...but I can't!
The ramifications of this insane decision will affect us all!
Still, I refuse to succumb to depression or become a doomsayer. We all still have a choice in the matter. We do not have to go gentle in to that good night as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas once said. We can rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
No, I don't mean storm down to Washington and burn the capitol like in the War of 1812. No, I don't mean storm down there and assassinate the ignorant racist misogynist jerk that has risen to power. Our own government and we have to keep an eye on what is going on down there for sure, We cannot let ourselves be blindsided by another Hitler.
Do not lose hope entirely in the US government. Yes, I know that is extremely hard but there are safeguards in place to prevent some of the new President's more radical campaign promises from being fullfilled. Many are so unrealistic that the process involved to make them happen cannot really forge ahead to their ridiculous goals.
It is a terrifying and unnerving time being the USA's closest northern neighbour. There are things that we as individuals can do to mitigate this situation to a small degree at least and, yes, I know some of you will claim that it is not enough but, in the end, it is something we all can do should we choose to.
For every minority, woman, member of the LBTG community out there, and any one else outraged by the hate rhetoric that He Who will Be Unnamed and his followers have unleashed during this campaign, reach out to anyone you know in America and let them know they are not alone and that you support them...that there is love and compassion in abundance out there still. Use social media to continue to spread the message of tolerance and support and express your outrage at every inhuman atrocity that emerges forth from that deadly rhetoric the President Elect used in his campaign.
Most importantly, for those of you who are not one of the aforementioned groups above, do all of the above, and let those who are know that all white males in North America are not disenfranchised entitled misogynist racists. Stand up for these people who are being threatened by the ignorant populace that brought this man into power! Stand up for the rights of those threatened by this regime with words and, most importantly, actions and the way you conduct your own life! You cannot change other people's attitudes or their beliefs but you might be able to show them a different way and then they can choose to change themselves.
Show them the light within you!
iAgain, It is up to us, as the white males who do not believe they are disenfranchised and entitled and are not racist or misogynist to join with those threatened by such beliefs and stand with them, support them and fight for and with them when neccessary!
Make a difference by being the good men you can be!
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke