Voices in my Head
I’m Busy for the Next Four Trump Years
Don’t bother me. I’m going to be very busy for the next four Trump years. The day after the day after produced a revelation. I was no longer surprised or mad (for about 10 seconds), I was now committed to a plan of action for the next four Trump years.
The Next Four Trump Years Begin Here
I went back to college to finally get my degree this fall. It was a bucket list goal at first. After more than 45 years of jumping in and out of journalism as a career, I decided I wanted to get a piece of paper validating what I’ve been doing most of my professional life. However, there is now an even greater purpose and urgency after Tuesday’s election, I’m ready to spend the next four Trump years doing something. Not screaming or stewing in my anger, but really doing something. I will now be armed with PalacioMagazine.com, college and the degree, all powerful weapons.
At my Wednesday evening English class, I realized there’s a lot of work to do. There was the young white OC girl who voted for Trump because he’s going to bring back jobs and deal with all those “illegal aliens.” The former military servicewoman wondered why all those women came out of the woodwork to accuse Trump of assaulting them. Don’t forget that videotape where he made disgusting remarks. “That’s how all men talk in private.” The young man, who is a business major, believed that America needed a businessman with a history of corporate bankruptcies, failed businesses and questionable ethics to turn the people’s business around. The young man, who is eighteen, didn’t vote because he’s not ready to vote because he just doesn’t know enough (Tell that to the 18-year old Marine who died in Fallujah Iraq or Kandahar, Afghanistan).
I heard, last night, the familiar stories of voters and nonvoters. They hear one message and they didn’t bother to hear or read another message. “I didn’t vote because my vote wouldn’t count and it’s only one vote.” But, this is not about those stories. It’s about the next four Trump years of my asking hard questions, learning tough answers and sharing those answers with an even tougher crowd, the next generation of leaders and voters.
No Mandate for the Next Four Trump Years
I’ve been reading, with amusement, pleas from well-meaning people for all of us to set aside our differences in the spirit of American Kumbaya: easy for them to say. According to the United States Election Project, 57% of eligible voters turned out in the 2016 election. 131,741,500 eligible people voted, about 1.5 million more than 2012. However, according to an article in Heavy.com, over 231 million Americans are eligible to vote. According to their analysis and quoting the AP and the New York Times, Clinton received 60,071,781 votes (47.7%) while Trump received 59,791,135 votes (47.5%). Not exactly a landslide or mandate. Razor thin percentages were everywhere.
This Trump victory is important for PalacioMagazine.com and me for the following reasons. Read Trump’s First 100 Days manifesto, investigate the people who are his advisors (Hint: further right than most of you), and carefully understand why so many people are scared to death about what all this means. Yes, it’s easy for you to say that, for the good of the country, we need to all come together. But, the history of this country is one of conflicts between classes, religion, and race. Look it up. This is one of those periods. And I will live in it for the next four Trump years.
The Committed Next Four Trump Years
I’ve watched and heard what Trump has had to say about a lot of people. I’ve heard his surrogates and his supporters speak (well, more like scream) angry, vile, disgusting, venomous spittle flowing as sewage through our political discourse and I don’t forget. No, there were threats against groups of people and individuals. From Muslim bans to Mexicans building walls to sexist insults hurled at women, I don’t forget. I see it for what it is and it isn’t pretty. It’s the cult of the right and some of us refuse to go there. You might want to close your eyes and say, “Oh, he was just kidding” or “Come on, it was just campaign talk.” Oh, I thought you liked him because he told like it was real.
For the next four Trump years, I commit PalacioMagazine.com to working with progressive groups and individuals to build a wall, a political wall, to prevent the Trumpers from threatening us. Through the power of advocacy journalism, we will fight against the threats to commit violence against us, engage policies that threaten our communities, our health and environment, the future of our youth, and our right to live in peace.
I’ve lived through George Wallace, Nixon, Reagan and Bush W., but this is the wildest I’ve ever seen an election season. No, I will not calm down but I will calmly raise my voice. I will not reach across the aisle and shake hands with the person who hurls vicious words at other Americans. I will give them my words, my actions and my commitment to make the next four Trump years the only years he spends in the White House.