Because silence also communicates something, I will say a few words about What Just Happened.
This is the first time I have ever felt even remotely involved in an election, & the first time I have felt shocked by the outcome. In the months leading up to this, I believed Trump’s role was to scare people into voting for Hillary so it wouldn’t be too obvious when they shuttled her into power. (The elections are always rigged & always have been; the people who create the system do not have to play by the rules of the system they create; they would be fools to do so.) But then, in the last couple of weeks, I began to suspect that Trump was actually the man who’d been chosen for the job. Then, at the final hour, when things started to come out about Clinton-pedophilia, etc., as well as the links via Podesta to what may be a grand UFO disclosure scam (something Hillary promised some while back), I was pretty sure it was going to be Hillary after all.
Congruent with this, I went from secretly, though only mildly, hoping Trump would win, simply because it would piss off all the people who were pissing me off (mostly in my Faceborg feed) by endorsing Hillary. As it got closer to the day, I realized that, if Trump won, these people would become even more obnoxious, since their fears would be confirmed and they would feel as though they hadn’t been strident or hysterical enough. (They might also blame people like me for Trump.) Add to that the fact that they would never get to see Hillary dash all of their illusions with her presidency and continue believing in her as their savior, albeit failed.
It seems like we have all been duped, including those of us who were sure the Hillary-heads were being duped into thinking Trump could win. (They were, but not in the way we thought.) When I heard that Trump won while I was waiting for my morning bowel movement today, the first word I said was “Crap.” I’d had a sense of what to expect if Hillary won (the big UFO rapture hoax), but now Trump has, what? Probably the same only with a different cast and crew, as if Michael Winner got to direct it rather than Katheryn Bigelow.
Meanwhile, I am interested to discover any evidence that Trump was being groomed for this, and how far back. My bet is that, like Reagan, he was singled out for this role a long time ago (maybe even as a child, if I know how these things work), and that part of the “sting” was making it seem like he came out of nowhere, that he didn’t have any real chance of winning, and that he was useful mostly as a colorful foil for the neoliberal clique.
Now he’s in. Now we get to see what, if any, difference it makes to US policies, policies which were already going to be changing radically and exponentially in these high-crisis times (which means it will be hard to tell). It’s worth keeping in mind that politicians rarely ever make good on the promises they use to secure people’s votes, and that it’s quite likely Trump will “disappoint” his haters, as much as his supporters. And also, never to forget, please, that he jetsetted to the same “mystery island” of unspeakable pleasures as Bill, Hillary, and Barack, and that they will doubtless all continue to party on together there, as the end times roll.
What counts now isn’t who won but how people deal with it; it’s over now but the repercussions aren’t. Some people are in shock (I am, though it is unrelated to the election; something else happened); if a shock is too severe, it can destabilize and even cause sickness, madness, or death.
Placing our attention on those we care about and/or who are under our care; being open, loving, supportive, and always finding and following the compassionate response. That’s the only thing that matters now, and the only thing that will ever change anything.
Every crisis is an opportunity to let go and drop beneath all the patterns of fear, anger, frustration, & despair, and into the love that we are.