Post-Election Ponderings & Reflections

It’s a week after Election Day and one of the closest races we’ve seen with the highest voter turn out on record. Biden has been declared as the projected winner and President-Elect.

But in reflecting and thinking about the 2016 and the 2020 Presidential Election I have some ponderings and want to “put them down to paper”. To be transparent some are logically driven some emotionally driven. But, here we go:

  1. Is the frustration and rage I have, as I witness the large support for Trump and his antics, the same frustration and rage that his supports have felt before they found their champion in Trump?
  2. Is there validity in the idea that the real driving force behind the Trump support is that he has opened the opportunity for people to be openly racist, sexist, transphobic, anti-semetic, homophobic, etc or provide more of an ability to let it go, under the guise of patriotism?
  3. Saying Donald Trump is a racist, sexist and transphobic/homophobic individual is not an opinion. Just because he has passed legislation for minoritized identities, does not relieve him of what comes out of his mouth and through his actions. Disagree
  4. How do some individuals balance voting for the rights of the unborn and pro-life/anti-abortion with voting against the rights of the living LGBT people of the nation?
  5. People who hold majority identities do not know what people of marginalized identities go through in order to navigate our American systems. 
  6. Celebrating that a bi-racial, interracially married woman has become Vice President-Elect does not mean that I am not critical. It means that I acknowledge the imperfect navigating she has had to do and for the nation to do to get to this point, all the while hoping that this step will lessen the burden of such navigating in the future.
  7. There is a genuine fear for the loss of religious liberty that I did not realize permeates this nation.
  8. Under no circumstance or situation do I like having a person tell me to not celebrate a person of color or woman attaining the Vice Presidency due to their own personal definition and expectations for how that person should attain the position especially when its someone holding majority identities.
  9. There is nothing wrong with me expecting that the President of the United States approach the office with respect. I’m fine with challenges and lawsuits, it’s the right of the people and the President to do so. But do it in a way that still respects the United States of America. Twitter tantrums are (should) be beneath how we need to approach this process.
  10. The Conservatives/Republican party has just as intense political agenda as the Liberal/Democratic party. One key difference to me is policy/procedures for individuals vs. individual humanity.
  11. “There is a season” And right now it’s ok to celebrate. There is also a season to get shit done, and that begins 20 January 2021.

Not sure if anything makes sense, and still working through a lot of these, but as usual, it helps me to write things down. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Until next time,

Peace, Love and Pandas!

Published by Brian

I am currently the Assistant Director of Student Life for Registered Student Organizations and Late-Night Programming at Michigan State University. After earning my B.A. from the University of Michigan-Flint, I entered the Student Affairs profession. After a few years in the field, I returned to school and earned my M.A. in Educational Leadership-Higher Education Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. In my spare time I blog about my thoughts and musings on current issues in higher education, student affairs, digital worlds, identity development and general life inspirations and observations. I also volunteer a lot for my fraternity and multiple regional and national professional associations.

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