I can barely be bothered to read infantile posts that people who consider themselves adults have been posting on my Facebook feed for the past 24 hours, but I’ve seen enough to detect a common theme.
When you read the opinions of “liberals” as to what America has become following Trump’s election, one would be forgiven for thinking they are describing what America has become under Obama.
Take this, for example:
We’re angry because our candidate’s losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a huge segment of its population, and that’s just the truth.
If a McCain supporter had said that in 2008 he would have been proven absolutely correct.
Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. Those whose voices have been silenced will be further quieted. Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. Those who feared they were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.
Again, this is what Trump’s supporters must have felt in 2008 and 2012.
It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
Black lives matter? Christian bakers?
It’s about religion being weaponized.
A weaponized religion. Think about that for a second.
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
Yes, Obama and Hillary supporters are unfailingly polite. That’s why Twitter is such a pleasure to read. And I wonder what Sarah Palin thinks about how they view women?
It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
None of which could apply to Obama’s years in office, of course. No, America has only become like this in the past 24 hours.
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.
That ship sailed a long time ago, I’m afraid.
And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance—it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside.
Indeed. This is precisely what prompted many reasonable people to vote for Trump, in a desperate attempt to turn the ship around before it’s too late.
We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.
Was that taken from a Trump campaign speech?
This is not about a difference of political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over. It’s about a fundamental difference in how we view the worth of all people—not just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do.
Liberals are saying they value those with different opinions?! Seriously?
If only these people were capable of looking in the mirror they might begin to understand why they lost. Instead we get this:
And this is why we grieve.
You may be at it a while.