Message to the world

Dear world,

We haven’t given you much reason to have confidence in us. We – or a minority of us – have just elected a protofascist, nationalist, racist, sexist, xenophobic, isolationist narcissist with the attention span of a fruitfly to arguably the most powerful position on earth. We have turned our backs on facts and science and love and decency, and shamefully given in to fear, hate, selfishness, ignorance, and monstrously unforgivable short-sightedness.

Nobody could fault you for just building a wall around US and leaving us to eat each other, while you continue to go forwards. Many of you have your own protofascist shit to deal with – there’s an upswing of it lately, and Islamic terrorists murdering innocent civilians in countries that have welcomed them aren’t fucking helping, guys – but still, we have taken a giant step back from the Enlightenment, and we have a long and painful road ahead of us.

All I ask is that you remember that America is bitterly divided, and there are more of US then there are of THEM. Because of our idiotic electoral college that gives more weight to the votes in former slave states, our orange-skinned short-fingered vulgarian has ascended to the White House despite losing the popular vote by millions of votes. That’s our bad, and it shouldn’t have even been that close, but still, Trump and his people are A MINORITY of Americans. Far less than half of us support him. The rest would still be decent world citizens who believe in truth, fairness for all people, the rule of law, and equal opportunities and rights for ALL human beings on the planet, not just those we think are similar to us.

Millions and millions of people took to the streets around the world today to protest the current state of affairs; I was among them, as I hope many of you were too. This video shows a tiny slice of what happened. Take heart and believe. Believe in the Enlightenment. Believe in progress, and moving AWAY FROM hate, fear, and selfishness, even though they have temporarily triumphed. We know you can’t solve our problems, other than by continuing to be better on your own and leaving us in the dust. Don’t wait for us. Just remember that most of us are with you, despite the loud and ugly voices of the minority that has taken power here. Our voices will never be as loud, but there are more of us than there are of them.

Wish us luck. We’re going to need a lot more than that, but I don’t know what it is just yet.