Why I’m marching on Saturday

This Saturday women across North America (and around the world) are taking part in the Women’s March on Washington, in response to Donald Trump being elected president. I’ll be a part of the march here in Saskatoon, and I can’t wait.

Flare Magazine did a feature called “Why I’m Marching”: 32 Women on Why The Women’s March,” and the piece’s author contacted me to explain why I’m participating. Here’s what I said:

Today’s the inauguration of Donald Trump, so the days of denial that all this is happening will be over as of 11:28am EST.  To commemorate the occasion, I’m wearing all my Hillary swag to school, and will do my best to avoid using Trump’s words as every example of what NOT to say when communicating.

Post-election thoughts: Or, what a difference 8 years makes

Last night was a HUGE night for Democrats, and I would argue, a significant night for human rights.  Obama was reelected for another term, which means the infamous ‘Obamacare’ isn’t going away any time soon — so people who are in need of assistance with health care can still count on that (and now that I’m mostly-Canadian, I see access to health care as a human right).

Other big human rights wins from last night:

So, all in all, a good night! That said, I think there are many people back home who aren’t as giddy as I am after watching the President accept another term in office:

So this last half of my post is to whoever is out there in my life who reads my blog, and counts himself or herself as a Romney supporter: I know how you feel — why? Because I felt something similar only 8 years ago.

One thing about having this blog for as long as I have? In some ways, it’s a living record of who I am. Granted, in the last few years since becoming a mama, and working full-time, I haven’t been quite as active one here — but going back into the archives of this blog can be a pretty cool exercise in remembering who I was, years ago.

I dug back into the November archives and found this entry I wrote right after the 2004 presidential election was called for George W. Bush. Here are some excerpts from what I wrote:

Dejected. Deflated. Despondent.

[…]

I cannot believe Bush won. Cannot. believe.

I’m terrified.

Not only is he in charge of the Executive branch, but there’s majorities in the House and Senate now. With 3-4 justices retiring within the next term (possibly) — I’m picturing an even more police state than there is now.

[…] UPDATE: Well. Ohio could still be up in the air. Who knows?

Sound familiar?  Replace the odd word or two, and you’ll hear similar murmurings from GOP friends (eh-hem, well, those of them who haven’t unfriended you — I lost a friend last night who didn’t like what I was posting on Facebook, apparently).

Thing is, I know what you’re going through!  I was in just the same place as you are, only 8 years ago.

It’s kind of fascinating, in a way.

Anyway, dear GOP friend (or father) of mine, I hope that you’ll soon get over your feelings of dejectedness. And I mean it, sincerely. I know what it feels like, and it’s just no fun.  Hang in there, and hopefully, with time, we can progress to feeling more like this:

(found via Facebook)

 

It’s the most wonderful (political) season of the year

Watch:

I’m fascinated. And, horrified.

I would like to think that if someone were to put a camera in my face and ask me these questions regarding the candidate that I support, I would have an actual answer for them.

The cynic in my keeps thinking that the main reason why these people are so anti-Obama has more to do with the color of his skin than the positions he takes on the issues.

I’m looking forward to November 7th, when I  have the right person back in office for the second term.

What he said:

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Jack Layton, July 18, 1950 – August 22, 2011

 

Sad today, because Canada lost one of its best politicans — and someone who I would have loved to have voted for.

Go read his last letter to Canadians, and you’ll see why.