December 19, 2016. As electors and protestors alike eagerly anticipated the results of the final smack down in the 2016 Presidential election, around the world in a matter of hours the following occurred:
- The Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was assassinated at an art exhibition in Turkey – the killer shouted “remember Aleppo” as he attacked. The shooting occurred a day before diplomats from Turkey, Iran and Russia are scheduled to meet in Moscow to discuss the situation in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.
- Three people were shot near an Islamic center in Zurich, Switzerland in what has been described by news reports as being an “on-going situation.”
- A bus ran into Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. Current reports indicate that 12 people are dead, and at least 50 have been injured with more details still being released from the chaos unfolding in that city.
All of this happened yesterday–while despite the efforts of protesters to encourage electors to become “faithless” and retaliate against the presidency of Donald Trump, not surprisingly, the political apprentice received 304 votes (270 are needed to secure the Presidency) from electors around the nation yesterday. Although this was a slim victory, it does not change the outcome that Donald J. Trump will be the next President of these United States.
The votes will be officially counted when Congress is back in session in early January (with Vice President Joe Biden presiding over the count), and then this nation will be mere weeks away from inauguration day…and a whole lot of uncertainty about our future.
A favorite sitcom of mine had this to say about coincidence: “The universe is so rarely lazy.” How true of yesterday. As the last opportunity faded away to stop a racist, misogynistic, bigoted, homophobic Twitter troll and puppet to the cruel around the world, three separate violent attacks have occurred.
I’ve heard over and over again that 2016 has been a year of such disappointment and destruction, that everyone cannot wait for the New Year to begin. But do we really think things are about to get better?
If yesterday is indication, violence and hatred are about to become more commonplace going forward, and we have already begun to become numb to the tactics and rhetoric of the President-elect. Members of Congress had the opportunity to buck tradition and fight, but they didn’t.
What does that say about us? Has fear of fighting a tyrannical figure already set in? I hope not. If anything, what has happened around the world yesterday demonstrates that by doing nothing, violence is inevitable.
Where then, is the risk of demanding that the bar for ourselves and the way we treat one another is set higher? And let’s remember that it was Islam and Christianity that were attacked, with violence ensuing in a Christmas market and an Islamic center. The universe is literally demonstrating in no uncertain terms that we have entered an era when no group is safe from harm; our efforts at nationalism and isolationism from our difference have led us here.
Let’s rise together, not just as a nation, but as a global community and dare to question any political institution and figure who threatens to divide and oppress us. In times of great uncertainty and danger, it has always been like minded individuals who have made change. We have so much to gain by coming together.
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