CNN was on in the background, the sound turned off. It didn’t matter, however, because the heat of the discussion came through in vivid colors all the same. It’s all bad, it’s all hot, it’s all gonna burn down.
With the sound off and other distractions around me, however, it was easy to find some kind of hope. People passed by the noise and hardly registered it all in the hotel lobby. Life went on. Life will go on, once this nonsense is all over in a month. What will go down then?
The short answer is that America will be the same, but America will never be the same. Trump and his people more or less promised us all along that they would burn it all down and they will. We live in a different nation now, one which will have to reboot somehow from the ashes of what is left of civil discourse. Following a strong repudiation of Trump this might not be a bad thing.
I know it’s always easy for a middle aged pale male to say this, but I feel like I have to say it anyway. No matter what happens, I’ll survive. No, there is no excuse for someone like Trump leading this nation and yes, people who don’t look like me will not survive as well as I will.
But Trump is going down in terrible flames and he will set everything alight that he can with him.
Where we will stand when this is over is that no one can deny that racism exists. No one can deny that sexism exists. No one can deny that white America is a fantasy based on a series of made-up “facts” that are used to justify what is really nothing more than a collection of feelings.
How we deal with the reality that closes in on us between November 8th and January 20th is another thing altogether. It will be up to Clinton to bring us back together somehow, and it will be up to the media to get the message out.
After what I’ve seen on CNN, the professionals will be eager to not hate their job anymore.
How will America change as a result of all this nonsense? The short answer should be that those of us who care, really care, should tune out about now and save up our energy. We know what’s going to happen and it’s not good for anyone to watch this crap. Just turn down the noise, walk past, and smile. There’s other work to be done.
After this is all over, the real work will start. That’s when we can tune back in – when the volume is down.
When that glorious day come we talk about how women are treated. We can talk about race for once and maybe do it with an open heart. We can get a good start now that it’s all out in the open.
Keep the faith. When everyone around you is losing theirs, please keep it for your brothers and sisters. They’ll need it. We’ll all need it.
And we’ll be ready to make good use of it.