Please don’t tell me I shouldn’t be dressed in black because I’m in mourning on this 20th day of January 2017.
Please don’t read this if it will disturb your Trump sensibilities.
Please don’t tell me that I’m un-American if I don’t consider this man my President.
Please don’t tell me to rejoice in the peaceful transfer of power. Sorry, the transfer of power was powered by Russian hacks and unscrupulous people who created lies to denigrate Hillary Clinton. Fake news became a new industry fueled by the Internet. Outright lies were made up and spread around, bringing an income to these lowlifes. Peaceful transfer of power means nothing when it is tainted.
Please don’t tell me Kellyanne Conway should be admired. She is a model for a propaganda robot, effective but not admirable. She can be programmed to spin anything.
Please don’t tell me Trump was America’s choice. Almost 66 million people voted for Clinton compared to 63 million for him.
Please don’t tell me my dream of a united America working together is just that, a pipe dream. I don’t believe you.
Please don’t tell me Trump has the good of the country at heart.
Please don’t tell me Trump’s rhetoric didn’t unleash bigots to perpetrate acts of hate.
Please don’t tell me not to worry.
Please don’t tell me that gun rights are more important than lives.
Please don’t tell me I shouldn’t be suspicious when I can’t get on the Internet. I’m sure there is tracking of dissidents, which now has a broader definition. I’m sure my Google history can be traced.
Please don’t tell me I shouldn’t have lain awake half the night until I took a tranquilizer so I could get some sleep.
Please don’t tell me I’m stupid that I cried when I woke up here at 7:15 and knew that in Washington, D.C., Trump had been sworn in.
Please don’t tell me to put a smile on my face.
Please don’t tell me I shouldn’t feel as if I’m seeing the beginning of train wreck and that I’m powerless to do anything but watch.
Please don’t tell me that women in the land of the free shouldn’t have dominion over their own bodies.
Please don’t tell me that I shouldn’t be disturbed that the Republicans blocked Obama’s Supreme Court nomination.
Please don’t tell me the country hasn’t be hijacked by the conservative Republicans who believe they should be able to tell private citizens what they are allowed to do. States’ rights? B.S. And if you’re old? Forget it. Before the election, you were respected. Now, you’re on the way to being disenfranchised.
Please don’t tell me I should be feeling proud of America today. Sixty-three million voted for a man who felt it was okay to grab a woman’s genitals. They voted for a man who discarded beautiful wife, number one, for beautiful younger wife, number two, etc.
Please don’t try to make me drink the Cool Aid. I’m not swallowing the lies and mistruths no matter what. Business is booming and unemployment is down.
Please don’t re-write history and tell me things that are not true. I remember when George W Bush left office. America was teetering on the edge of disaster. Unemployment was so high. Banks closed their doors. The auto industry was in the pits. Friends lost their entire life savings at a time they thought they’d retire. Others went out of business or lost their homes. We took money out the bank and hid it under the mattress. Some people survived, others’ didn’t. Fact: Obama leaves a booming economy and low unemployment behind.
Please don’t tell me the majority of Americans voted for a man who’s proven he doesn’t keep his word. He’s a man who believes the world can be flimflammed as he’s done time and again in his business practices. But he lost by 3 million votes.
Please don’t laugh in my face and call me a stupid liberal who doesn’t get it. I am one of the 65, 844, 954 who voted for Hillary.
Please don’t tell me the group Black Lives Matter is misguided. They, I should say we, as I am a member, were just ahead of the curve. Black lives don’t matter and neither do Jewish, Muslim, Latino, LGBT or any life that doesn’t fit the narrow picture outlined by Richard Spencer, the alt right leader and his friends, the Tea Partiers. Oh, there I go being silly again. Unborn lives of any hue do matter to them. But let them got born—forget about it!
Please don’t tell me I’m ridiculous to want all Americans to have health care and a full belly.
Please don’t tell me not to worry about my grandchildren. If the hyperbole leads to war, two of them are at an age where they could be drafted. Also, all my grandchildren go to Public Schools and are receiving excellent educations. It looks like this could be in the past as one of the basics of American life is being threatened.
Please don’t tell me Trump wants to be a President for all Americans. Just his Cabinet picks point to the opposite.
Please don’t tell me that everything is going to be all right. I want to believe it, but I need some proof.
Please don’t tell me to give him a chance. I’ve been doing that. I haven’t seen him reach out to the four corners of America. I haven’t seen him surround himself with statesmen who are skilled in working with the system. His advisors are liars and bigots and ill prepared for the crucial work ahead.
Please don’t tell me to get a life and move on.
Please don’t tell me my nightmares are ridiculous.
And please, don’t mess with me today. For your own sake.
Right ON, Cyndi. Thank you for this great piece. Right there with you. I will be at the Million Woman March in Pershing Square tomorrow, rain or shine. Much love and hope we get together soon! xoxoxo Viveka
You speak for many of us. Thank you dear cousin. Continue to stand up and speak up. Love, Barb