I think it can be said without stepping on too many toes, that half the population of the United States is bitterly disappointed in the outcome of the election for President. Actually a better description of my reaction is shock. But this is the way of democracy. Mr. Trump will be our President for the next 4 years.
I wish him well. I want him to succeed because as President Obama stated, Mr. Trump's success will be our success. I won't do anything in this blog, in person or on social media to tear down our President - now or in the future. Respect for the opinions of a significant portion of our population must be allowed in a civilized democratic society.
In the wake of this election, however, we are left with a lot of uncertainty - and for many fear. In a very divided nation as we appear to be, there must be a place where we can reach a common ground. I am not talking about policy or politics, nationally or regionally or even locally. The common ground I speak of must be found individually between people - one relationship at a time.
That is where the safety pin movement comes into play.
|I got this flag safety pin in the wake of 911.|
The safety pin movement is based on just a single undecorated safety pin.
But I couldn't help bringing out my 911 pin for this effort.
Please take the time to read the article about this movement and its origins. Participate - show your support for the rights of all people.
One paragraph in this article pretty much sums up the focus:
"Now there's a burgeoning effort in the United States for people to start wearing the safety pin ... in the face of post-election attacks and harassment. Having to adopt a symbol of anti-violence and anti-bigotry is not exactly what any of us thought we'd be doing in the wake of a presidential election taking place in 2016, but it could be one small way to signal that you're an ally (regardless of who you voted for) to someone who probably didn't think they'd be in this vitriolic and volatile situation either."
I am still upset about the result of this election - but this one small step forward makes me feel better. And looking for other ways to make things better ... not matter how small ... it is worth the effort.