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November 10th, 2016

Musings on the Election #2

Not really musing; more conveying my current state of mind...

I've gotten roughly seven total hours of sleep the last two nights and have resorted to some rather unhealthy comfort eating. Thankfully, I was able to spend a few hours last night with a good, like-minded friend, which helped in a number of ways, including a rather huge one: it got me off of the Internet and Facebook for a while and forced me to engage with the real world.

Having said that, it's clear it will take me a while to work past my shock and horror at Trump becoming the President-elect. It's a small comfort to know that Clinton won the popular vote, but that's not going to change what is going to happen over the next four years -- two, if we are somehow extraordinarily lucky and the Democrats win one of the houses in the mid-term elections. I don't know whether I will ever really recover from that shock and horror, however. In the past couple days, I have frequently encountered the sentiment that there were plenty of Trump voters who didn't actually agree with his racist, homophobic, xenophobic, and sexist comments over the past 18 months and that these voters just really wanted someone who looked like he was going to help them (a belief I'll tackle at another time, though just before the election Keith Olbermann nailed everything that can be said about that.) I don't care if you are a "good person"; if you voted for Trump, you are, at a minimum, implicitly stating that you are willing to allow that kind of language and discourse in this country. Good people don't do that. As a result, you helped unleash the assholes who are happy, willing, and able to do this kind of thing.

But, I digress. This is about my current state of mind.

I don't even want to anticipate what my mindset will be come January, as we approach Inauguration Day. Right now, though, I think that I can best relate where I am via Legos. See, for those of you not on Facebook or don't have me friended there, a few years ago I started a new Christmas tradition of my own: the War on Christmas Lego Diorama. Each year, I've created a new one, and each in turn has included more figures and required more space. I've had so much fun creating them that this year I created my first Halloween version of the diorama. I actually started contemplating this year's a few months ago, and over the past couple weeks, I've settled on the concept and most of the figures and set constructions that I will be incorporating.

Thanks to the election, my joy and anticipation over this year's Christmas diorama disappeared as violently and with as much force as air escaping from a balloon immediately released after the knot was removed. Nonetheless, I still want to do this. I still need to do this. I will do this. Before the election, I couldn't have imagined that I would have to make creating this diorama some kind of grim determination. Before the election, I felt joyfully compelled to plan and undertake this of project. After the election, it's an act of creating and rediscovering joy. I saddens me that I find myself in such a state.

Anyway, this turned out to be a much longer post than I originally intended. More to come.

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