And then there was HOPE

364 days ago (this is written Tuesday night)….Trump was elected President.

Today, several major upsets happened in Virginia, New Jersey, Montana, Georgia….and suddenly, I have hope.

As someone I follow on Twitter wrote:

“This past year felt like a dystopian nightmare, where the country I’ve believed in my entire life no longer felt like the country we’ve become. Today is first day, in a long while, that I feel US is not the place I feared it had become.”

Congressman Ted Lieu from nearby Los Angeles wrote:

 “Dear @NRA: Governor-elect Northam has an “F” rating from you. Virginia voters just elected him in a bigly way. Have a good evening.”

Another wrote:

“GOP reps. You had a year to stand up to a Prez who praises Nazi, Confederates & White Nationalists. You cowards will get what you deserve.”

Perhaps my favorite post:

“Thoughts and prayers to all the Republican politicians who lost their seats today. We won’t do anything to prevent it from happening again.”

Another wrote:

“We are the majority. We always were the majority. Remember that.”

And another wrote:

“Dear Republicans- You’re fucked. Love, America”

The Republican who wrote the bill to end trans-gender bathrooms, was defeated by a Democratic trans-gender woman. I kid not.

 A Democratic Sikh was elected Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey.

One year after Trump’s victory, Virginia elected:
First transgender delegate in the country
First out-lesbian delegate in the state
First Asian American woman delegate in the state
First two Latina delegates in the state
First Democratic Socialist candidate in the state

Montana’s capital elects the state’s first black mayor, a progressive who came to the US decades ago as a refugee from Liberia. Beating an incumbent who was slow to remove a confederate statue.

Democrat Chris Hurst, a former TV news anchor whose girlfriend was murdered on live TV in 2015, won his race for Virginia’s House of Delegates on a platform to reduce gun violence.

Democrats won shocking victories in two special elections for Athens-area (Georgia) state House seats on Tuesday, winning the conservative-leaning seats in spite of well-funded opposition from Republicans.

Andrea Jenkins won her bid for Minneapolis City Council, becoming the first out Black trans woman elected to public office in America!

 There is still MUCH work to be done. But #TheResistance has officially had their first victories. We are starting to be heard. This country is not a lost cause.

But this is just the beginning of restoring sanity and fairness and respect for our fellow human beings in this country.  It will take non-stop, relentless work between now and 2020.  Each election, no matter where in the country, no matter when, must be a focus.  Getting the vote out must be a focus.  Working on unity and a positive message, must be a focus.

But we have proven to ourselves that it CAN be done.  All is not lost.  More indictments, arrests, NRA, or impeachment aside, we can still wrestle our country out of the hands of Trump and his ilk.

Will it get dirtier and uglier?  Sure it will.  They aren’t going to go away easily. (well, except those 11 Republicans that have already announced that they won’t seek re-election.  The list is growing…)   They will try to twist this any way they can, and they will lay false narratives at our feet.   But we have to stick together, be steadfast, and keep our message of hope alive.  But now we see we CAN do this!  We have hope.  That changes EVERYTHING.

From George Takei:

“Who knew Trump’s “wall” would start in Virginia? It’s a human barrier, a formidable wall of mobilized, passionate voters, linked in common cause to repudiate Trumpism, racism, and the politics of fear and division. The people have spoken, Donald. And we’re coming for you.”

“We are the majority. We always were the majority. Remember that.” 

41 thoughts on “And then there was HOPE

  1. Blondie's Journal

    I recently started to follow your blog after seeing some of your thoughtful comments on another. You have never visited my blog and I find blogging to be a thoughtful two-way street. But I came back again to comment as you have echoed my thoughts so profoundly. Keep doing so…we need people like you to express what so many hesitate or ignore to do in social media.

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  2. Blondie's Journal

    I recently started to follow your blog after seeing some of your thoughtful comments on another. You have never visited my blog and I find blogging to be a thoughtful two-way street. But I came back again to comment as you have echoed my thoughts so profoundly. Keep doing so…we need people like you to express what so many hesitate or ignore to do in social media.

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  3. Silver Willow

    Blondie, welcome, and oh my gosh, thank you so much! I am definitely adding your blog to my list and on my way over now. You are so very kind. I can't wait to get to know you! Again, thank you!

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  4. Olga Hebert

    I managed to completely avoid all news coverage for the entire day yesterday, but I realized as I read your post that I was actually holding my breath all day. Your post gave me such a tremendous sigh of relief. Tears came to my eyes, I am so happy.

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  5. Margaret (Peggy or Peg too)

    Yes, in my state of VA we moved the button to blue.
    I am so proud. It was so cold yesterday and it was downpour of hard rain all day. I feared this would affect turn out. But at lunchtime I went to vote. It was full of people with umbrellas and I was hopeful. So many of these folks you mentioned, transgender, first Asian (Vietnamese) governor etc. are here in this state of VA. I am thrilled that this pissed off the dumptruck. Now if we could just make him mute it may help.

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  6. Marcia

    Great post and yes there is a glimmer of hope. I went to bed last night and thought I forgot to check the news. I was afraid of what would happen in VA so I didn't get up to check because I didn't want to be awake all night being upset. I asked my husband this morning and he said it was a blow out against Republicans. Did my heart good to hear that. The Republicans need to stand up to this bully for everyone's sake.

    Here's a fear – Trump is going to Philippines where dictator there has used the police to kill people without trials. My fear? Trump will get ideas and he may have already since he is using ICE as his force.

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  7. Lynda

    I love this!! I watched the results too and hope this is the beginning of the end of the Trump reign. It's funny, I've never followed US politics until now but this is bigger than just the United States of America. This idiot affects us all and I am looking forward to his demise.

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  8. tammy j

    there IS hope!
    this brought tears to my eyes.
    “Who knew Trump’s “wall” would start in Virginia? It’s a human barrier, a formidable wall of mobilized, passionate voters, linked in common cause to repudiate Trumpism, racism, and the politics of fear and division. The people have spoken, Donald. And we’re coming for you.”

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  9. Silver Willow

    I firmly believe that couldn't escalate here any more than it already has. (and it's not just ICE.) No, there are limits to how far Trump can sink us…these elections proved that.

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  10. Silver Willow

    I NEVER listen to him live. I just read unbiased sites instead. It's like a DVR speeding through commercials. Unsavory, so I won't waste a nano-second of my time on it. 🙂

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  11. DJan

    Yes, I feel hopeful once again. Thank you so much for this well written post, SW. I am still feeling the love from Tuesday, and it all started with the Women's March! 🙂

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  12. Catalyst

    Don't forget the Democrat winner in the Washington Senate race that flipped control of the state legislature and made the entire West Coast solidly blue!

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