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Valenti writes: "This morning, I'll have to tell Layla that Hillary Clinton lost, that a woman won't be president. Even more difficult, I'll have to tell her that Donald Trump won. The man she knows as a bully who says terrible things about women, people with disabilities and immigrants - the man who brags about hurting people and separating families - will lead her nation."

A girl hugs a woman as she watches voting results last night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where Hillary Clinton held her election night event. (photo: John Moore/Getty)
A girl hugs a woman as she watches voting results last night at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, where Hillary Clinton held her election night event. (photo: John Moore/Getty)


How Do I Tell My Daughter That America Elected a Racist, Sexist Bully?

By Jessica Valenti, Guardian UK

09 November 16

 

My six-year-old fell asleep thinking Hillary Clinton would be the first female president. Now I have to explain to her why Donald Trump was chosen instead

ast night, seated between my 68-year-old mother and six-year-old daughter, I expected to watch the first woman get elected president of the United States. We bought champagne and cake, and promised Layla that she could stay up as late as she wanted to watch. My daughter fell asleep on the couch, still wearing a shirt emblazoned with the word “feminist” and an “I voted” sticker.

This morning, I’ll have to tell Layla that Hillary Clinton< lost, that a woman won’t be president. Even more difficult, I’ll have to tell her that Donald Trump won. The man she knows as a bully who says terrible things about women, people with disabilities and immigrants – the man who brags about hurting people and separating families – will lead her nation.

Last night my heart broke for my country, this morning it breaks for her.

She woke up in a changed America today – one where a liar and a racist, a xenophobe and a serial harasser of women, will lead us. She woke up in a place that flatly rejected progress, a country where a man can admit to sexually assaulting women and win millions of votes because, not in spite, of it.

I have always been worried about the things I will pass down to my daughter; the burdens she inherits simply by living in a sexist world are the things I fear the most.

How will I explain to her about how many women have been hurt, badly, because of the sexism that surrounds them? How I will I keep her from being afraid that her fate to suffer the same is inevitable?

My mother got married when she was 17 and grew up during a time when birth control was illegal; she would be in her 20s before she could apply for credit without a man co-signing her application. I was born in 1978, five years after abortion was legalized. I was in high school when marital rape was finally outlawed.

I used to take solace in the idea that things were getting better. Things would be different for my daughter. I don’t have that hope any more. Not today, anyway.

Last night we let Layla sleep in our bed – more a comfort for us then her, I think. And before I closed my eyes I whispered to her that I was sorry. I was so very sorry, because I underestimated how sexist and racist this country really is. I let the powerful feminist moment of the last few years trick me into believing things had changed.

It was a seductive lie, but still so very false.

The truth is that this shameful election result was backlash, pure and simple – a reaction to women’s growing rights, racial progress and a cultural shift that no longer centers straight white men. They were votes based on fear, bigotry and ugliness.

There is no sugar-coating that reality. Not even for my six year-old.

I know that I’ll find the right words to relay the gravity of the election to my daughter without scaring her. I have confidence in that. Her father and I will tell her that sometimes people make bad decisions, and that the wrong people are chosen to lead. We’ll remind her of lessons she’s learned in school about times in her country’s history when we’ve done the wrong thing – horrible things. We’ll remind her of how good people organized and fought, loved each other and believed things could change.

We’ll tell her that we will have to be the good people who fight now. And soon, when we’ve had a chance to grieve and gather ourselves, we’ll remind our daughter that part of the reason this man was elected is because of how powerful we actually are. That our power scared him and others who are not ready to change and grow.

And that we owe it to ourselves and our country not to let fear stop us now. Not ever.

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+21 # Activista 2016-11-09 13:19
Yes - there is so much hate in the USA and the hate-master Trump now will be president.
Such a contrast - living in liberal state like WA - compared to "Republican" deep South.
228 Clinton 270 electoral votes to win
Trump has 279
But Clinton could win the popular vote:
59,626,051 (47.7%) popular votes for Clinton
59,427,650 (47.5%) popular votes for Trump

THINK - you Clinton haters who did not vote for Democrats - you killed Iran diplomacy, you killed environment, you killed public medical care, you killed college for the Middle Class ..
 
 
+21 # PaineRad 2016-11-09 18:50
Explain why a vote not for Clinton is a vote for Trump while a vote not for Trump is not a vote for Clinton.
 
 
-8 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-10 01:06
Write us again when you finish high school.
 
 
+21 # fletch1165 2016-11-09 20:28
Activista, Clinton in her AIPAC speech promised to unravel the Iran deal. No one is a bigger hawk for Israel than Hillary. She said she would never use diplomacy with Iran. What are you smoking? You can freely admit now, if you live in California.

Hillary said "there will never be a public option", just two months ago. Bill Frisk's brother, the former GOP majority WHIP made $6 billion off of Obamacare according to Forbes magazine. What public medical do you refer?

Hillary promised free college, but was a Goldman Sach's employee. YOu really believed her? LMAO. She claimed to "lead the fight for 15 too, and then said she thought $12 was enough." A public and private position for every damned thing.

Hillary expanded fracking overseas, did nothing about Porter ranch in California, the worse pollution site on the planet, and nothing at all about Flint lead poisoning. Where was she on the pipeline on the Indian Reservation in these deciding weeks? NOT A WORD. So much for saving the environment. What BS you spread.
 
 
+4 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-11-10 11:40
All of that lying and conniving is why she lost. Her lying was so transparent. Of course I figure if we are getting a Republican, the Republican party might as well own it all.

At least Trump seemed to be against war which I could not say about Clinton.
 
 
+22 # davehaze 2016-11-09 21:37
Activista,

Still calling us names! Blame the progressive left! Blame Jill Stein! Next blame Ralph Nader!

If Clinton hadn't run as a moderate Republican on economic issues and a rabid hawk on international issues, if she wasn't about to kiss Kissingers ring, if she didn't appear so effing duplicitous, if it didn't turn our stomachs to think Bill would be farting up the Rose Room, maybe she would have picked up a few more votes.

Cast some blame in the right direction: Hillary, the DNC, their friends the media, and Republican-lite Obama.
 
 
-10 # Activista 2016-11-09 22:01
"and Republican-lite Obama" - Obama accomplished ALL major domestic and foreign changes (Iran, Cuba diplomacy) possible in his second term.
And now you have Republicans Rule House and Senate for First Time in 8 Years. Republicans captured total control of Congress on Tuesday, riding a wave of voter discontent to take the Senate for the first time in eight years and expand its majority in the House, according to NBC News projections.
 
 
+14 # davehaze 2016-11-10 00:39
Why was there a wave of voter discontent if not for 8 years of the Dems not giving them change they could believe in? As promised.
 
 
-8 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-10 01:26
The Republicans wanted Single Payer Health Care and Obama vetoed it.
 
 
+4 # davehaze 2016-11-10 09:37
Jimrocket The Republican health care plan was a single sheet of blank paper.
 
 
+2 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-10 14:32
I was being sarcastic. The Rs blocked everything they could. It's so ironic that so-called Obamacare is actually a right-wing idea out of the Heritage Institute and implemented - and then denounced - by Mitt Romney.
 
 
+3 # kyzipster 2016-11-10 12:14
I see much of this discontent as apathy. We experienced the same thing after 8 years of Bill Clinton, how soon voters forgot the Reagan/Bush years. How soon they forgot the Bush Jr years in this election, memories will be coming back quickly I suspect.

This isn't a defense of the Dem establishment and neoliberalism, the Dems need to change and that's part of the problem in this election but only one part of the problem. The Obama years were far better than the Bush years imo, despite the historic obstruction from Republicans. Too similar for my taste for sure but Obama did some good.
 
 
-3 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:18
I don't blame Ralph Nader for this debacle. I do blame him for 2000, especially since he said publicly that if he couldn't win he'd prefer a Bush victory to "teach the Democrats a lesson about ignoring their progressive base"--and he said it when it was obvious he didn't have a prayer of winning.
 
 
+6 # Anonymot 2016-11-10 06:55
Once your brain works through the painful fog you'll find there's a great opportunity waiting for you and your daughter. Read Naomi Klein's brilliant article of this morning. EVERYONE SHOULD, EVERYONE:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/09/rise-of-the-davos-class-sealed-americas-fate#comment-87265363
 
 
+6 # laborequalswealth 2016-11-10 11:03
Thanks for the link to an excellent article! Klein, as usual, is spot on.
 
 
+3 # kyzipster 2016-11-10 11:53
I live in the South, the world I inhabit looks nothing like a Trump rally, not even close.

I lived in No California and the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is an almost exact reflection of my home state in the South, along with a horrific racist history that has resulted in a 2% African American population today. Washington was similar,but not with the racist history, not to that extent.

It's gotten more progressive in the 16 years since I was there, I visited over the summer, but you might be surprised at the progressive vibe in many southern cities, where I live is very similar to Portland in the 1990s. Lonely Planet even said we may be the next Portland in a positive review.

I'm not defending the South, at all, and I'm appreciative of the West Coast but we have an urban/rural divide. It's reflected in this election as always. Almost every urban area votes 'blue', every rural area 'red'. Even in the South, even on the West Coast. What usually determines a state going 'blue' is giant urban areas. We have very small cities here. New England is the exception, solid blue.

I have no problem with your post at all, just adding a little clarity. Many of us are just as disillusioned in the South. I don't know how we deal with this divide and it's felt much more strongly where I live because Republicans control state government. Probably why I'm insistent that there can be big differences between the two main parties. How could this be denied with all of the evidence?
 
 
+1 # zillafied 2016-11-09 13:35
"How Do I Tell My Daughter That America Elected a Racist, Sexist Bully?"

Simple! You'll just explain to your daughter that Bill Clinton was, in your opinion, the best choice you could make.
 
 
+11 # EternalTruth 2016-11-09 20:53
Take a clue from CA. The only way to handle this reality: Pot. Lots and lots of pot.
 
 
+16 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-11-09 13:48
Tell her that the other candidate is a corrupt criminal who just happens to be a woman.

Charlesortel.com

https://mobile.twitter.com/wikileaks/
 
 
0 # skylinefirepest 2016-11-09 19:49
Right on the head, MsAnna, right on the head. I personally don't think trump is a racist but I definitely do hold the belief that hillary was a money hungry ho who had no interest in the country other than what she could milk out of the position. I had some liberals ask if she was a criminal then why wasn't she in jail...I told the smartasses that the obumma doj wouldn't go for it even though American servicemen who have done much less are in jail. Her "position" in life apparently lets her get away with pretty much everything. If comey had a pair then her "intent" wouldn't have even be considered. Try running down the road at seventy and telling the cop that you didn't "intend" to speed and see where that get's you. I would simply tell my daughter that hillary was not the best candidate because of her lack of integrity and let it go at that.
 
 
-1 # Majikman 2016-11-09 19:49
Tell her that a real republican wins over a fake democrat any day of the week.
 
 
+1 # Eljefe 2016-11-11 13:07
And tell her that Trump was not supposed to win. The DNC planned it that way.
 
 
+27 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-11-09 13:52
Tell her the Democratic Party betrayed the people of this country by nominating her and forcing Bernie Sanders into a non aggression pact! What did they promise him or threaten him with?
 
 
+5 # zillafied 2016-11-09 14:05
Quoting MsAnnaNOLA:
Tell her the Democratic Party betrayed the people of this country by nominating her and forcing Bernie Sanders into a non aggression pact! What did they promise him or threaten him with?


The same thing that they promised or threatened Hillary with. Would she not comply/compromi se? Whyy such a late call in NH,MI,PA,MN?
 
 
+15 # dbrize 2016-11-09 14:26
Well it's always about the children isn't it?

Funny thing is it's near impossible for me to believe that Pub Moms and Dads love their little boys and girls less than Ms Valenti and her husband love their own.

It's a stretch for me to believe that the 25 million or so women that voted for Trump did so because they don't love their daughters.

And of course some day Valenti's little girl may grow up to ask her Mommy why, "why Mommy, did Hillary Clinton stay married to a philandering husband like Bill? Did she have to?"

That too would require an interesting discussion I've no doubt.

Claims of moral superiority are so easily made.
 
 
+25 # savagem13 2016-11-09 14:42
You tell her that the other candidate was a psychopathic monster who would have had us embroiled in a war with Russia before the floors were swept at her inauguration. And you tell her that Americans are still too brainwashed to realize that they had a decent, peace-loving, earth-respectin g choice in Jill Stein--who ALSO could have been the first woman president. How's that? That's what I told my daughter, anyway.
 
 
+3 # WaaDoo 2016-11-09 19:00
Ah, Jessica,

You could explain to your lovely little girl about the process of Democracy and the will of the people.

However, since you chose the "classic Leftist" method of using angry personal epithets, try this explanation.

The people decided that they did not want a traitor who abandoned the troops, perjured herself before Congress, destroyed evidence of an investigation, obstructed justice, and blatantly violated the laws governing her office as Sec. of State and risked the security of an entire nation. How's that !?
 
 
+29 # PaineRad 2016-11-09 19:01
"How Do I Tell My Daughter That America Elected a Racist, Sexist Bully?"

Explain that BIG MONEY can buy anything it wants so long as we let it. Stop letting it. Follow the lead of WA with I-735 and CA with prop 59.

Quit sulking in the corner. This planet needs committed, engaged progressives now more than ever. We need to break out of our self-defined silos. Bernie proved how much a lot us of with limited means can achieve when we act together.

We need to create new media outlets that give voice to ideas that ears that have only heard Rushbo, O'Really, Insannity and Savage never hear. We have to be prepared to ask questions to spur thoughtful reflection instead of condescending put downs. We have to listen to the rightfully angry voters with honest concern instead of denigrating superiority.

We have to take on the job of citizens. We have to accept the responsibility of preparing the groundwork for a healthy future for our kids. This is no job for spectators and whiners. Citizenship, people!
 
 
+11 # MindDoc 2016-11-09 21:42
Quoting PaineRad:
"How Do I Tell My Daughter That America Elected a Racist, Sexist Bully?"

We need to create new media outlets that give voice to ideas that ears that have only heard Rushbo, O'Really...[etc]... We have to be prepared to ask questions to spur thoughtful reflection instead of condescending put downs.


I second this call for a more civil and mindful future. The optimist in me says that education and free/open media - with some 4th-estate like entity which actually values facts & journalistic integrity - may go far, if we can get past arguing what 'education' or 'news' entails, or should. As for the dilemma of many parents who feel a "teachable" and prideful moment has evaporated, a 'positive spin' might be, depending on age & experience of the child, simplified to explain the process of democratic election and how in a diverse democracy, people differ in needs and situations. And it was close. Sometimes - as Trump's own theme music ironically says - "you can't always get what you want." Wins will come. Not to minimize how difficult a time parents may experience now, as adults and parents. To say nothing of friends & family.

Honesty is good, mindfulness too. Meaning, we need to embrace this, from Plato: "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

But the cynic in me agrees with this: "America is the first country to have gone from barbarism to decadence without the usual intervening period of civilization." - Oscar Wilde
 
 
+18 # tigerlillie 2016-11-09 19:02
A beautiful, heartfelt message from a mainstream news commentator I had never heard of, because we don't watch tv.

My daughter also woke up this morning, wanting to know who won the election. She is 17, and within 60 seconds of being told who won, she was making constructive plans, to renew our passports and save our money.

Understand that in good conscience I could not vote for Hillary Clinton, and I hope that this is the end of the Clinton dynasty and the Clinton machine.

But it still breaks my heart that this country has elected an overt racist, mysoginistic bigot for president.

One of my daughter's friends at school drank bleach last night after it became apparent that Trump would win. Needless to say, he is in the hospital today, rather than at school. Almost any high school kid with an ounce of intelligence and sensitivity knows that their future is down the drain with the election of a anti-science, anti-education president.

What do we tell our kids that are on the cusp of high school graduation, anyway? We are left with the basics: Don't be a bully, don't be a bigot, do your homework, and prepare the best you can for the future. I am frightened too, but I will do whatever it takes to secure a decent future for you.
 
 
+12 # Ralph 2016-11-09 20:58
What a nightmare. My children are grown adults and we look at this nation with great dismay. I can't imagine how hard it is to raise a child in this predatory environment. Trump the role model. These are bad times and they are getting worse.
 
 
+8 # Patriot 2016-11-09 23:31
Tigerlillie, be sure to tell your daughter--and this goes for lots of adults, too--that running away never solved anything. The kid who drank bleach was a fool; I am horrified by his injury, but furious that there apparently were no sensible adults nearby to help him understand what has happened, and to encourage him to learn and work and strive for the country he wants--not cop out.

The future is down the drain only if we go back to doing what we've done since just after WWII: immerse ourselves in consumerism and our own, petty little lives, instead of being alert and watchful about what goes on in our communities, our states, and our nation--and in the rest of the world, which is filled with people who have all the same dreams and desires that we do, and work to achieve them more frequently and with more determination than we do.

We're the luckiest people on the planet, having been born into a free country. But we've squandered it by failing to safeguard it. Now we must struggle to regain it. It must be more imortant than our social lives, than having the latest (whatever) that's for sale, than being too busy, or too bored, to pay attention to how our government is run and who's running it.

We've dug this hole ourselves, for several decades. Now we need to put down our shovels and climb out of it, and stop waitig for someone ELSE to rescue us. We'll have to rescue ourselves.

And we can't do that by leaving the country.
 
 
+12 # djnova50 2016-11-09 19:07
Tell your daughter to quit crying and be prepared to work. This is something she would have to do anyway if Clinton had been elected.
 
 
+10 # Citizen Mike 2016-11-09 19:22
Tell her that sometimes evil wins.
 
 
+3 # Observer 47 2016-11-09 20:07
And equally, evil lost.
 
 
-2 # Jim Rocket 2016-11-10 01:34
Let's see how you feel when Justice Ted Nugent is sitting on the Supreme Court.
 
 
+8 # MidwesTom 2016-11-09 19:35
Tell her the American people revolted against the corrupt Ruling Class, and like Grant, many leaders of revolutions are not gentlemen.
 
 
-7 # Ralph 2016-11-09 21:01
Just like the civil war. Some revolt. Got your KKK hoodie on when you posted that?
 
 
-2 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:21
Quoting MidwesTom:
Tell her the American people revolted against the corrupt Ruling Class, and like Grant, many leaders of revolutions are not gentlemen.

Yes. Sometimes they're crazed murderers.
 
 
+11 # fletch1165 2016-11-09 20:11
YOu can tell them its your fault for sitting on your ass and doing nothing when the neocon Hillary and her brown shirts cheated the legitimate nominee Bernie Sanders from his landslide.
 
 
+13 # margpark 2016-11-09 20:16
I have a granddaughter who is a victim of rape and she is unconsolable that we have elected a man who thinks it is funny to grope women.
 
 
+12 # Ralph 2016-11-09 21:02
What a disgrace this nation has become.
 
 
+10 # Patriot 2016-11-09 23:35
Then use your commonsense and decades of experience in living to help her find some perspective, and to arm her to fight for what is important to her. And reassure her that others are doing the same, determined not to let her, and other victims, and many other innocents, be further victimized.

It is up to you and the other adults around your dear granddaughter to arm her against victimhood's perils, and to help her try to become strong and brave. Godspeed.
 
 
+13 # paulkinzelman 2016-11-09 20:29
Trump has succeeded in upending the RNC, and now that he beat HRC, he's upended the DNC as well - something that Bernie almost did but they managed to rig the primary against him. The real question is whether either party will be willing to look into the mirror to understand the popularity of Trump and that they are irrelevant to most people, thus they voted for the outsider - same as the brits voting for brexit.
 
 
+15 # paulkinzelman 2016-11-09 21:22
If Hillary had won, the DNC would have justification for claiming they are perfectly fine. Now that H lost, the DNC will hopefully realize how they helped Trump win - by rigging the primaries against Bernie.
 
 
-4 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:23
Quoting paulkinzelman:
If Hillary had won, the DNC would have justification for claiming they are perfectly fine. Now that H lost, the DNC will hopefully realize how they helped Trump win - by rigging the primaries against Bernie.

Oh, for God's sake. Trump would have red-baited Bernie Sanders into the ground. Senator "I'm a Socialist" would have been crucified in the general election.
 
 
+17 # tr4302@gmail.com 2016-11-09 20:39
The democrats cut their own throats by anointing Clinton and ignoring more qualified candidates both men and women. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsteen Gillibrand to name a few. Wake up and smell the coffee
!
 
 
+8 # Patriot 2016-11-09 23:36
Nobody ever mentions Martin O'Malley. He was my second choice after Sanders. We did not HAVE to have Clinton; she was strictly the choice of the DNC.
 
 
+10 # angelfish 2016-11-09 20:53
NEVER underestimate the Stupidity and Insanity of the American Electorate. I'm on my way Out of this Sh*thole, but I grieve for the young people left to deal with Trump and his Legacy of Misogyny, Bigotry, Ignorance and Ethnic Cleansing that is SURE to come when he takes Office. IF he's Indicted, Tried and Convicterd for his upcoming Thievery and Rape cases, Pence will be NO better. All you need do is look at Trumps sons who, unfortunatey, are as Ignorant and Self-Absorbed as he is, and remember,"As ye sow, so Also shall ye REAP"!
 
 
+1 # Activista 2016-11-09 22:15
I share your fear/opinion. The American Democracy could end. And two authoritarians/ oligarchs - Trump and Putin (money and power) could destroy everything.
We will have something like Berlin Wall on Mexican border - shooting/arrest ing young people who can see the World. I cry for them - it is me.
 
 
+6 # Patriot 2016-11-09 23:40
Running away is NOT the solution: It is cowardly and selfish.

I suppose you'll want to come back fast enough if those of us who remain can succeed in righting our upturned nation. and,meanwhile, what will you contribute to the unfortunate nation that takes you in? Comparisons between their ways of doing things and ours?

You're not satisfied here, yet won't lift a hand to try to make changes. What sort of citizen--contri butor or participant--wi ll you be anywhere else?

Go and be damned to you!
 
 
+2 # angelfish 2016-11-10 00:29
Quoting Patriot:
Running away is NOT the solution: It is cowardly and selfish.

I suppose you'll want to come back fast enough is those of us who remain can succeed in righting our upturned nation. and,meanwhile, what will you contribute to the unfortunate nation that takes you in? Comparisons between their ways of doing things and ours?

You're not satisfied here, yet won't lift a hand to try to make changes. What sort of citizen--contributor or participant--will you be anywhere else?

Go and be damned to you!

FYI: I wasn't talking about abandoning America, I'm on the Threshold of Death and won't mind going at ALL!
 
 
+8 # Ralph 2016-11-09 21:06
It's post election and I was thinking the alt-right trolls would go away. Guess not.
 
 
+7 # Observer 47 2016-11-09 21:14
The country has been reduced to absurdity. Both major-party candidates were so repulsive, there was nothing to choose between them. Corporate-owned media convinced voters that there were ONLY two choices. All of this set the stage for what happened. The pundits for the NY Times, et. al., are wringing their hands in anguish that our country could be SO racist, bigoted, misogynist as to elect Trump. And footage from his rallies shows that some of his supporters do fit that description. But the fact remains that some people looked at Hillary's saber-rattling, history of corruption, insider elitism, and support of her husband's behavior and political acts. They had it drummed into them that it had to be Clinton or Trump, and chose the evil they HADN'T watched in Washington for 25 years. The more unknown evil simply triumphed over the well-known one. I think it's a mistake to assume that everyone who voted for Trump is a racist, bigoted misogynist, any more than every Hillary supporter necessarily espouses her neo-con, regime change policies.

Full disclosure: I voted for Jill Stein, but I can understand how a lot of people felt locked into the duopoly.
 
 
-6 # Activista 2016-11-09 22:27
Full disclosure: I voted for Jill Stein, but I can understand how a lot of people felt locked into the duopoly."
and what did you accomplish? Dictator Trump.
 
 
+3 # Patriot 2016-11-09 23:42
You're leaving, so what does YOUR opinion matter?
 
 
+3 # Observer 47 2016-11-10 09:41
Ah, there it is: the perennial BS about how a vote for a third-party candidate is a vote for ________ (insert name of candidate you don't like). It has never been accurate before, and it isn't now. Jill Stein's 1% of the popular vote would not have affected the electoral results.

No, Activista, what I got out of my vote for Jill Stein is a clear conscience. I voted for a person who wants peace and wants to save the planet, instead of a racist buffoon or a saber-rattling corporate shill. I will say, however, that as appalling as The Donald is, I'm a little more optimistic about avoiding WWIII than I was three days ago.
 
 
+3 # madresabia 2016-11-10 15:55
Right. As it turns out, analysts say, of the 2000 election, that had Ralph Nader not run, Gore would have lost by a larger margin. So how does that compute? I, too, voted for Jill Stein and I feel very good about having done so. As you said, my conscience is also clear knowing that I voted for someone with integrity, someone who believes everyone, yes, EVERYONE, has a right to free education and free health insurance; someone who believes that the best way to end wars is to starve the military (and militaristic regimes) of their arms. And, yes, I do believe that Trump will talk to Putin.
 
 
-2 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:27
I don't know which analysts you're quoting, especially since Gore didn't lose the popular vote by ANY margin--he WON the nationwide popular vote and was cheated of the presidency by GOP fraud, a partisan Supreme Court majority, an electoral college originally established to strengthen Southern states politically so that they could stave off the abolition of slavery--and the Nader vote.
 
 
+5 # laborequalswealth 2016-11-10 11:22
Coulda written this one myself! You express exactly how I saw this election.

My husband, two friends and I went from SF to Philly to protest the DNC. The protesters were corralled in FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT PARK. The delegates were ensconced in WELLS FARGO CENTER.

The plutocracy-cont rolled DNC wasn't even trying to hide it's neocon philosophy. Then they wonder why people were disgusted.
 
 
+17 # Old Uncle Dave 2016-11-09 22:08
At least war with Russia is now less likely.
 
 
+5 # laborequalswealth 2016-11-10 11:24
That and the TPP is, I hope, dead dead dead.

The home front will be a horror, but we may have dodged WW III and the corporate world take over via the TPP.
 
 
-3 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:29
Oh, please, Hillary was plotting to start
World War III and St. Donald saved us all? Pull the other one.
 
 
+14 # futhark 2016-11-09 22:10
Tell the truth. Tell all people young and old that they can and should aspire to a better world, where people will treat each other with tolerance, compassion and respect, will seek to promote peace and justice, and will support politicians who will advance programs to do these thing and will work fairly for a sustainable prosperity whose benefits will be widely shared.

The Trump phenomenon is largely a manifestation of anger by people who feel that they have been bypassed or ripped off by a changing economy and have had their previous social advantages reduced as values have changed. Teach that there must be a better way than an economic system that is a free-for-all, with only the elite few reaping the benefits. Teach that the science of climate change is verifiable and that will be ignored at the peril of the entire biosphere.
 
 
+6 # janie1893 2016-11-10 01:39
That the US is in this current mess is the fault of every single American who has the right to vote. The bad guys are not "them". It is you. Wake up and take responsibility and do something to change it all.
 
 
-5 # OrlandoDFree 2016-11-10 02:24
Boys get away with EVERYTHING!
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2016-11-10 03:31
Tell you daughter that a bunch of people in industrial states were put in a position of having to vote for the racist or of voting against their own economic interests. Tell her that the Democratic Party establishment did not think their problems were important and deserted them. The racist was the only one who offered them any hope.
 
 
-5 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:36
Of kickin' all them uppity darkies back into the cotton fields where God meant them to be. Of kickin' out all them dirty brown-skinned greasers who do jobs no decent whahte man would touch, and buildin' a wall to keep 'em from comin' back. Of keepin' out them damn Moose-limbs who've got terrorism in their blood. Hope indeed.
 
 
+3 # madresabia 2016-11-10 15:47
Your question "How Do I Tell My Daughter That America Elected a Racist, Sexist Bully?" Start by telling her that it was the neo-liberals who by (1) choosing such a flawed candidate (Clinton), (2) created the boogey-man (Trump). You have been living in a bubble if you did not see how much baggage Clinton was carrying. John Pilger writes that "In a village in Afghanistan, inhabited by the poorest of the poor, I filmed Orifa, kneeling at the graves of her husband, Gul Ahmed, a carpet weaver, seven other members of her family, including six children, and two children who were killed in the adjacent house. A 'precision' 500-pound bomb fell directly on their small mud, stone and straw house, leaving a crater 50 feet wide." (That was a USA bomb, of course.) Hillary Clinton is a firm believer in our multiple invasions. So, if a few people get blasted to eternity, that is just collateral damage. For Clinton, the US's terror campaign using drones to kill women, men and children are all part of her "All's fair in love and war" mentality (these are not people, they are abstract entities). You see, as xenophobic, as misogynist, as racist, as anti-immigrant, etc. as Trump may be his big sin is that he just talks without really knowing what he talking about. Conversely, Clinton has a very bloody resume. There was really no choice. The lesser of 2 evils is still evil. Many held their noses while voting for HRC who they believed was the lesser evil.
 
 
-2 # ericlipps 2016-11-10 16:32
WAAAA! Trump got elected because Clinton was a mean ol' witch and cheated St. Bernard of Brooklyn out of the presidential nomination God meant him to have!

And do you really want someone who "just talks without really knowing what he is talking about" anywhere near this country's nuclear launch codes? Is stopping Hillary Clinton really worth that risk?
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2016-11-10 17:53
hahaha Just saw a Tavis Smiley interview. He had a message for his 'white liberal friends':

This is NOT the end of the world. When you're used to always winning, an election loss can feel like the end of everything, but black people sometimes have to tell their kids there's no food in the refrigerator. Get some perspective and get back to work.

Wonderful. He said the Democratic Party needs to reject the Clintonian centrist triangulation bs and move left. YES!

Progressives, get on the phones. Call your representatives . Tell them we want progressive leadership, a progressive agenda. Tell them we want them to work for Sanders.

Chuck Schumer has endorsed Bernie's pick for the DNC, Rep. Keith Ellison. Good START.
 
 
+2 # draypoker 2016-11-10 18:56
There are other voting systems that could have produced a different result. Thus one could vote 1 (first preference) for say Jill Stein and 2 for another candidate. If people had a fairer array of choices they might not be forced to vote for such as Trump.
 
 
+1 # Patriot 2016-11-11 05:52
Marc, if you can't publish anything helpful or costructive, how about at least avoiding the inflammatory? What are you tryng to do, start a wildfire? Clinton LOST. Get over it. Move on. We can read this garbage anywhere; it's plastered on the front page of evry paper and being shouted from every TV and radio. What we're supposed to find here is the stuff we'd have to hunt for to find on our own.

I once knew a Marine Corps Sergeant Major who told me that when his guys got all down-at-the-mou th, he'd give them a few minutes to gripe (old saying: A Marine isn't happy unless he's bi--hing), then tell them, "All right, girls. Pick up your gear, get back on your feet, and let's get moving."

So, girls, let's get moving. Donald Trump hasn't done anything YET except pay the customary round of visits to the man he will be replacing and the heads of his party.

I posted on Godot the texts of Trump's victory speech, Clinton's concession speech, and Obama's chin-up speech. Take a look. Get a grip. Save your energy for something that might ACCOMPLISH somethng, instead of attacking each other and all of the recent candidates: The election is OVER. ake a break. Go outside before winter sets in. Rake some leaves. Play with your kids. Pat the pets. Kiss your spouse. Read a good book.
 
 
+1 # Patriot 2016-11-11 05:52
For now, Trump isn't the guy to worry about: We need to keep a very close eye on the Repubs, who porbably think they have a MANDATE for their idiotic programs. Concentrate on THEM--and don't forget to keep an eye on the unDemocrats, too--that's where the trouble will come from for the next two months. We'll get to Trump later. Hold your fire; your "enemy" isn't even on the field yet.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2016-11-11 09:15
Amen. And appreciated your post of the speeches.
 
 
+2 # jazzman633 2016-11-11 16:00
Bottom line: to the very end, Hillary could not articulate a reason why she wanted to be President, except that it was her turn, and the only upward career move left, and nobody wants to hear that. People weren't buying, because there was nothing to buy. "Stronger together" -- well, so is an ant colony.

"How fortunate for politicians that men do not think" (Hitler).
 

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