calamity of this election has confirmed an unimaginably deep
disturbance in our society. As always, the progress we have made
brought along with it a tailspin of backlash. In the endless cycle of
history, there is no choice but to press on immediately and
cohesively toward our goal of an inclusive society.
not going to write about the monsters poised to devour the United
States of America. I’m not going to predict the plans of the cabal
of exclusion, nor point out that we just chose to put into power our
very own ISIS-without-turbans.
will write about a dawning consciousness that it wasn’t only the
monster-elect himself we needed to fear, but the mob response to his
purposely seductive words. The combination of deliberately dangerous
words and poorly informed people can destroy our democracy.
read that the Republican campaign consulted with linguists to rouse
that sector of the population. Author Renee Bess writes, “It's hard
for me to believe that Trump knew, in an empirical way, what he was
doing. He might have simply stumbled upon ‘pay dirt’ when he gave
his first couple off the cuff speeches. He saw he was being
successful, so he decided to stick to his script.”
the man, I think Renee’s correct, and his handlers were canny
enough not to get in the way of the effective stampede of repetitive
scare words. His followers were all too glad someone wanted to
champion them, even someone the like of whom has never insulted the
nation by presuming to govern it. This walking ego of a power and
money hungry man with his misguided hair and exaggerated New York
accent spoke like an actor playing a huckster on the Coney Island
midway, a make-believe man of the people.
many others, when the election was called, I became too ill and
despondent to think. In her poem “Wild Geese,” Mary Oliver
comforts her readers. “You only have to let the soft animal of
your body / love what it loves.” I could only let myself burrow
deep and far from the fray.
like a scared rabbit, I thought, run for the hills! In our
burrow, my sweetheart and I talked of moving to Ireland, and of not
wanting to go anywhere at all.
finally got on line. Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director of Lambda
Literary, wrote to members, “Our LGBTQ books and the authors who
write them are part of the solution to ensure our community remains
strong. Readers and publishers are part of the solution as well. We
at Lambda Literary are going to continue doing this work stronger
than before... The next four years may be full of outrage – Lambda
Literary wants to be a source of light for our community.”
were the first words that raised my spirits. Maybe as high as a
candlewick. I’d been trying to write and could not stay awake. I
was nodding over my computer, periodically passing out.
someone posted these famous Toni Morrison lines: “This is precisely
the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no
place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak,
we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.”
received an email from our small town local chapter of the National
Organization for Women (NOW). Our tenacious chapter president is
reaping the rewards of her work. She wrote, “…the election has
sparked a huge interest in…NOW. We have had more than 20 people
contact us today expressing interest in joining NOW. Frankly, this is
totally unprecedented.” Perhaps aware women have declared this
election to be our final insult.
New York Times reported that, although the incoming
administration is acting to repeal it, “More than 100,000 Americans
rushed to buy insurance under [The Affordable Care Act] on Wednesday,
the biggest turnout yet during this year’s sign-up period.” This
stirring in the populace, could it be a sign that we – and our
legislators in DC – will fight to keep our health insurance from
being gutted to benefit already big pockets?
day after the election, that very next day, GM announced layoffs of
2,000 workers in two of the states that elected this new president.
Will the laid off voters make sure everyone they know votes in two
years? And get out the vote for active, hard-working, smart, caring
candidates like Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, and
said that history is cyclical. We need this cycle to be short-lived.
We are many; we are powerful. Never mind the demonstrations and the
memes. Support NOW, support Black Lives Matter, support The Audubon
Society, support Social Security Works, Standing Rock, LPAC, just get
out there and work – work together – to make Congress as blue as
the blue on our flag.
the words of Princess Leia from the first Star Wars film,
“Help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you're my only hope.” Obi Wan, of
course, is all of us.
Note: Lee Lynch is the author of over 13 books. Her latest, Rainbow
Gap, is available at
Bold Strokes Books.
You can reach
Lynch at LeeLynch@ontopmag.com]
2016 Lee Lynch.