Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores
Photographer Patricia Gulick

Saturday, November 12, 2016

11/9/16 RMB Election Day November 8, 2016

11/9/16 RMB Election Day November 8, 2016

Dear Rita Mae Brown,
After I voted the morning of November 8th, with a friend, we talked about the remote possibility of the end result that eventually occurred. 

Threats, violence, and discrimination are far more cherished to many than peaceful alternatives. There is a reason we have bullies in our society. He who hits hardest, who boasts loudest, and who dominates wherever possible, will ultimately gain followers. Like the wake of large boat, some are drawn in without a second thought. While others make that choice willingly. They stand for what suits their needs best, building the momentum, swaying the uncertain into compliance. 

Watch what amuses and enthralls people, the movies, the video games, and the politics of life. Every superhero movie produced must out-explode and out-crash and out-demolish its predecessor. Upset with our current government, there are those ready to demolish it, rather than build on the good and improve the rest. 

I woke on November 9th with the thought of “what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger.” The next four years will be a time of strengthening. 

Peace, respect for human lives, for diversity, and kindness, these are qualities living within us all, not enough to have affected this vote, but perhaps enough to pull us through the next four years with as little damage as possible to the progress we have made. 

As remote as I thought this outcome would be, I also see an outcome of progress towards a healthy, peaceful nation under this regime an even further impossibility. This time, I pray I am wrong.

Onward and upward,