A year ago today (well, in just a couple of hours), things were pretty messed up. I went to bed hardly able to sleep because I was so angry at this country and what it allowed to do to itself. Last November was an emotional roller coaster.
Needless to say, Trump has not disappointed me in his ineptitude and nonsense since he was elected. I still can't stand the orange turd, probably more now than a year ago, and believe he is the BIGGEST EMBARRASSMENT this country has ever produced.
Things have changed in the last year, and I think the yoga helps! But seriously, today I am feeling better. I went to vote last night and it was just a local election, no big offices were up for election, just local Comptroller, Town Council, Clerks, etc. It was the biggest turnout I've seen since I've moved here and I think I've been to all of the local elections where it's just me and Mike showing up. I thought that was awesome!
My Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds were full of people showing off their "Voted" stickers (I didn't get a sticker *kicksrocks*). I was following the gubernatorial results in New Jersey and Virginia where they voted out Republican incumbents for Democrats. There were other elections where long time Republicans were voted out. Not that I'm all "Wooooo Go Dems!!!" but it's nice to see a year later that a shift is happening and maybe the pendulum is already swinging back or at least evening itself out. Hoping the backlash against Trump and his cronies continue to knock them out one by one.
Democrats have a really long way to go, they need a good PR company to come in and help them rebrand themselves because right now, other than being "Anti-Trump" they really don't have much else going for them. Being anti-Trump can only last so far before people want some real substance, and they feel like that substance was lost while Obama was President, all flash, no substance.
There are some great stories that came out of last night, such as Danica Roem in Virginia and Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis. Both are the first openly Transgender women to win public office. Not only that, but Roem in VA defeated Robert Marshall, an anti-LGBT jerk who had no problem referring to himself as "Chief Homophobe" and drafting a bathroom bill similar to the one passed in North Carolina (it didn't).
There's also the moving story of Chris Hurst, who went into politics after his girlfriend was killed on live television, went on to defeat a pro-NRA incumbent. And Hoboken, NJ just voted for their first Sikh Mayor, Ravi Bhalla who was labeled a terrorist by what can only be ignorant idiots. The moral of the story is, I love it when people come together and give ignorance and hate a big "Fuck you!"
A trans woman beat the guy who introduced the bathroom bill. A gun victim's boyfriend beat a delegate with an "A" grade from the NRA. A civil rights lawyer who sued the police department just became the top prosecutor in Philadelphia.— Charlotte Alter (@CharlotteAlter) November 8, 2017
Something's happening here, folks.
And last, to end this on a funny note, check out the funny meme's "Me on Election Day 2016 vs Me on Election Day 2017":
me on election day 2016 vs. me on election day 2017 pic.twitter.com/6cr71JH3DA— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 7, 2017