Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving...

I've always viewed Thanksgiving as a happy segue to the end of the year and while I will enjoy sharing food and time with dear friends at their home, the sense of buoyancy is noticeably missing. Lack of sleep and stress certainly play a role there, but there is something more and it is very frightening: A feeling of trepidation that I've been unable to shake.

This country is morphing into a place I no longer recognize as a safe place to call home. Having lived through the eighties and known people who died as a direct result of government policies, having marched both in Washington and my State capitol, written letters to politicians and officials of every stripe, campaigned and spoken out at every available opportunity, I am devastated to see the potential undoing of all of that.

When legislators speak about gutting Social Security and Medicare as well as our safety net for the poor, the direct consequence of those actions mean that some of us will die, and having reached a point in my life at which I no longer earn and put in, but withdraw Social Security and use Medicare, my life and well being are under threat. I am also disabled and have been mocked in public, female and have been reduced to body parts by a man who should never come near a position of leadership let alone the presidency of this country. As a Jew, I am frightened not of my Muslim neighbors but our coming fascist, white supremacist, racist leadership.

When friends glibly say that they will fight, I wonder how because it seems that what is more likely to happen is that people will hunker down, shrink into the background and not make waves. It will be interesting to see the tipping point between fear and frustration.

Tomorrow, I will hope that the solace of good friends is enough because beyond the myths that people tell themselves about this being a great country, friends are all that remain.

7 comments:

Birdie said...

I have no words. This is a dark time. My mom always said that living was a pendulum and will swing back to good. I have to believe that. I encourage you to keep blogging about what is happening specifically to you through this change in government.

Wisewebwoman said...

"Friends are all that remain." Yes e. Hold that thought. And happy Thanksgiving.
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Martha said...

I hope it all turns out well. There are a lot of good people. I like to think that they will rise to the top.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Jenny Woolf said...

I think many Americans are still in a state of shock. In the UK we all felt something similar. Your recent loss will also be weighing on you. I hope your Thanksgiving is good and warm.

HBF said...

Only time will tell but I wonder, in this day and age, how many people would come out from behind their screens to defend their neighbors? I certainly hope it doesn't come to that.

Happy Thanksgiving and gratitude from me to you :o)

Secret Agent Woman said...

I keep looking for rays of hope. I believe there are so many good people out there who want to make things better, but the rise of the idiocracy terrifies me.

Steve Reed said...

I think right-thinking people WANT to fight but are uncertain what can be done. As I've written, I don't really see an option except to accept the situation and oppose policy changes as they arise (not to mention cases of racism and other -isms). What alternative is there? I feel a lot like I did when George W. Bush announced his intention to invade Iraq. I knew it was going to be disastrous but there was literally nothing to be done. Once an election is held, so many things are out of our hands.