Beware the Jabberwock

Like everyone else in the free world today, the US election results are all I can think of this morning. “Gobsmacked” seems as appropriate a word as I can think of for what I am feeling. I am aghast’ that such a paradoxical fool has been dubbed the winner. In my humble opinion nobody really won in this election, such is the folly of the people who voted with their guts instead of their brains.

To my American friends, I am truly sorry. Sorry that you woke up to a world in disbelief and in utter horror at the results of your election. I am sorry that today and in the days to come you will probably feel belittled and defensive and scared about what will become of your great nation. I am sorry that you all felt so compelled to vote in this troll of a man because you thought it was the way to a better future, in spite of himself. I was a librarian for some time and have always loved literature and last night, when I could not stand to watch the reporting on television any longer, I tried to sleep. When I closed my eyes, this passage haunted me:

 

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!”
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
I am the mother of two girls, both of them working incredibly hard to achieve their dreams in Professions that have traditionally been male dominated. They are pushing that glass ceiling, they are both fully aware that it will be a fight. Both of them have faced sexist remarks, derogatory comments because of their gender and the unacceptable lewdness of senior men in positions of power whom they feel they must endure, at least for now. I fear for them and their trust that someday this sexism and objectification of women will end. I don’t believe that Hilary lost because she was a woman, I think she lost because she was a woman vilified in the news and with too much negative history, be it real or fabricated or paid for. She was clearly not the right candidate, male or female. She did stand up today and encourage women to keep fighting, for that I applaud her. I pray that the right woman will emerge out of this debacle.
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I have come to know and love a wonderful, kind and brilliant young man who happens to be gay, and I fear for him and the damage this Presidency could bring to the LGBQT community. He has his whole life ahead of him and he has much to give this world and deserves only respect and love in return. I fear that the opportunities for equality and inclusion will be lessened after today and will take years to recover.
I was busy in personal crisis management mode this morning, trying to assure my daughter that ” this too shall pass.” That the world hasn’t lost its humanity, that there are still many wonderful, good and kind people out there. I reminded her that throughout this campaign we have also seen a tremendous number of rich, white powerful men admit abject disgust with the Trump campaign as well, members of his own party who refused to support him. They will have a voice. We have seen women grow stronger in their public shaming of misogynistic behaviours, they will have a stronger voice. We can no longer live our lives in bubbles and pretend the rest of the world and it’s problems are not our own. So I’m going to counsel my girls, my gay friends and black friends and brown friends and everyone else who is affected by ignorance and fear, please don’t get mad, it’s time to get even. Keep working hard and slogging through the occasional quagmire of political rhetoric and bullshit. Keep smiling and hold your heads high and don’t sink to their levels. Believe in the future, trust that there are enough level-headed people still in power that cool heads will prevail. Anything is possible it seems…

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