In the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, someone shared a Republican slogan with me: Let’s make the democrats cry again.
I actually found it kind of funny, and very much true. If Trump were to be re-elected, I would have cried again. In fact, when I woke up on Wednesday morning in the Netherlands and flipped open the New York Times coverage of the election, my heart fell. Trump seemed to have a running chance, after all of the damage he has done in the last four years to weaken, reverse or throw out policies that protect the environment, the hate and violence he instigated against Latinos, Blacks, women and the constant lies he fabricated during his presidency and spouted out as truth, after he eroded . . . I just realised I would have to write for days to list all of the harm he has done that I know about, much less all of the other things he’s done under the radar, so I’ll stop there.
When the election results were finally announced, I screamed and jumped and ‘whew-hewed’. There was alcohol involved. And expletives.
Blue Gin & Tonics for the Biden-Harris win
I felt this pressure that had been sulkily hanging over me for the last four years finally lift and it was as if the school bully had finally been kicked off the playground. You still know he’ll be there for a few more months, and might try to EFF things up before he goes, and that you still might run into him and his cronies in a dark alley outside the school yard, but at least we know he’s going.
It wasn’t until I heard Jo Biden speak that I actually got a little bit teary. Let’s make the democrats cry again takes on a new meaning here. I’m crying in happiness at hearing a compassionate, reasoned man sharing his approach to combatting the corona virus, to uniting the nation, to moving forward.
And this is where it gets interesting. The United States can no longer function as such a polarised nation. It doesn’t make sense for anyone. Because just as I feel very passionately about the principles of the democracy I believe the Democratic Party stands for, there are Republicans that have an entirely different view of what is good for our country. There must be a way to find a path that works for the whole nation. If not, we are just taking our turns on the seesaw, up and down every four years, or bracing for a civil war.
What what is our common ground? Do we want a positive future for our children? One where they have a good education, job prospects, freedom to express themselves and a healthy environment in which to live? I think so. I think that must be an indisputable common ground. It’s just a question of how we approach the same goal.
Goodbye Bully. Please learn the rules of how to play fair. The rules of a democratic vote. How to concede.
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This a fantastic rendering of the US election, and the components regarding the runners and their supporters and what we have to look forward to.
This reply of yours should be published nationally.
On Tue, Nov 10, 2020 at 2:01 AM kristininholland wrote:
> kristininholland posted: ” In the days leading up to the 2020 U.S. > Presidential Election, someone shared a Republican slogan with me: Let’s > make the democrats cry again. I actually found it kind of funny, and very > much true. If Trump were to be re-elected, I would have cried ag” >
Thank you. I’m glad it resonated with you!
Thank you fir this article Kristin. Being an American also living in the Netherlands for quite a few years.. I am amazed at the way the Dutch people have expressed how much they love the US but despised our president. They are now hopeful to again feel some connection to the home of the free and land of the brave! All my dutchie friends went out of their way to congratulate me on the Bully’s departure.
Thank you for your comment. I agree. It is remarkable how clearcut the anti-Trump sentiment is here. I appreciate it of course, but it doesn’t help me understand how close to half of your and my country voted for the man again. I was thanked on numerous occasions for ‘doing my part in getting rid of him.’ Our one vote is important, and thank God that mail in votes are deemed ‘legal’ votes, whether mailed from nearby or from afar.