#Election2016: One Month Later

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

A month ago, I went to my old junior high school in Brooklyn to vote for Hillary Clinton, who was all but certain to become the first female President in the history of the United States roughly 12 hours later. But then all hell broke loose.

A man who was dangerously unqualified for the Presidency and whose campaign started as an attention-grab that got out of control, was elected president. And in the hours before, when it became clear Donald Trump would win, I was beside myself.

I ordered food when the returns started coming in and by the time it got there, I was physically unable to eat it. I was that sickened by what was going on. I planned to celebrate the night with a few drinks, but could only sip water. Eventually, with a huge couch and bed feet away, I instead found myself lying face-first on my wood floor, talking with my roommate while trying to understand what had just happened.

This election was never a liberal vs. conservative thing. Instead, it was one side railing against a woefully unprepared, lying, hateful, racist, misogynist. And a month after that disgraceful human being became President-elect, he has done nothing to allay the fears people had prior to the election.

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Trump looked like a deer in the headlights while meeting with President Obama, has continued his war with the media, has kept tweeting as if he’s a child unable to control himself (most recently in a feud with Saturday Night Live) and has selected or nominated a host of questionable people — with his pick for Education Secretary among the most worrisome.

Meanwhile, starting with the night of the election, we’ve seen peaceful protests against Trump in all of the major cities in America. We’ve witnessed the bewilderment emanating from other countries, and have watched as some people have started wearing safety pins as a sign of solidarity with those who will be the most at risk under Trump’s coming presidency.

During the midterm election in two years, those of us who were against Trump will have the ability to take back two of the three branches of the government. And if we all actually get our asses out and vote — unlike during the recent general election — that’s exactly what will happen.

Until then, we need to keep our heads up and march forward.

There is no time machine to get in and no recount coming. This is happening. But instead of focusing on why it happened, those among us who were so virulently against a potential Trump Presidency need to keep fighting against the kind of divisive rhetoric and hateful agenda that led him to the White House.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog. 

Reactions to Fidel Castro’s Death

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

By now, we’ve all heard that the former, somewhat notorious Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro passed away at age 90, overnight from Friday into Saturday according to a statement from his brother.

I’ve seen a mix of reactions circulating the news as well as social media– some from notable U.S. officials, some from notable world leaders, some from Cuban citizens and of course, one from our President-Elect…

Here are a few highlights:

  • President Obama indicated that his “prayers are with the Cuban people” during this time, and “sent condolences” to Castro’s family
  • Florida Senator and former Republican Presidential candidate Marco Rubio called out President Obama for his failure to mention Castro’s victims
  • Castro’s Cuban-American opposition declared in a statement made on Saturday that “The Tyrant is Dead”
  • The citizens of Little Havana in Miami celebrated Castro’s death in their streets on Saturday afternoon
  • Vladimir Putin mourned Castro and called him a “sincere and reliable friend of Russia”
  • Some Cuban citizens are mourning the loss of their “hometown revolutionary”
  • And finally, Donald Trump tweeted the following: “Fidel Castro is Dead!”

So, how should we feel? A notable world leader is dead – but should we overlook his number of victims and seemingly tyrannical edicts during his tenure as Cuba’s leader? Should we extend sympathy to Cuba as our President has, or should we rejoice in the streets over the news that a “tyrant” is no longer a threat?

While I don’t have one blanket answer to all of those questions, I know one thing for certain: we need to demonstrate kindness toward citizens both mourning Castro and celebrating his demise. Cuban citizens who were loyal to Castro have lost a leader, and those dancing in the streets in Little Havana have good reason for jubilation, possibly as a result of Castro killing family members or tearing families apart. Both sides have reason for their reactions.

As far as the likes of Putin and Trump…I’ll leave that to you to decide.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.