|Me and Bill yesterday at our neighbors' house - she may have voted for Trump but she still welcomes these two old gay guys proving there is still hope for the future in spite of the Trump presidency|
Good morning folks on this wonderful Thanksgiving Day 2016!
Now I am tempted to say What do we have to be thankful about after this election? Well, as depressing as the results of the presidential election (I still can't get used to the term "President Trump"), I feel we have much to be thankful for.
Take for instance the photo at the beginning of this blog post. It was taken yesterday at our neighbors' home by a reverent Trump supporter (and a Obama/Hillary Hater). Yes, we can have our political differences but we can still be friends, at least with some of those "basket of irredeemable deplorables". Oh sure, I can't go back to where my father was born and spent the first nine years of his life in those western North Carolina Mountains bordering on Tennessee. That was and still is hillbilly country. Pristine white with primitive Baptist churches that preach the tenants of Christianity but totally exclude minorities of any kind, including this gay man. But I can live in our house in this neighborhood without fear of bodily harm, threats or bullying like I experienced the last time I visited my father's birthplace. That photo was taken by a Trump supporter. And you see we're smiling. Not because Trump was elected president but because Bill and I are still welcomed in our neighbors' house despite our political differences.
I have one very good blogger friend (he knows who he is) who (and this is putting it gently) not a fan of either Obama or Hillary. Quite frankly I wasn't a "fan" either but considering the alternative (Romney or Trump), I choose the more rational choice.
I'll admit it folks, this Thanksgiving I fear what our country is in for the next four years. I don't mean to go on a political rant here but we do have a totally unqualified person as president elect. Right now he's rewarding his cronies and sycophants with top government positions. He is blatantly flouting conflict of interest norms by continuing to run his personal business empire even as he struts around with his new found power. And here is the really sad part, the Republicans will do nothing to stop him as Trump blatantly ignores standards of decently in decorum that we in this country have always taken for granted.
Thus, as I sit here at my computer listening to my Bose radio this morning in my little corner of the world, on the eastern coast of the United States in Delaware, one of the states that voted for the Democratic candidate (although my county where I live did not vote for Hillary but voted for Trump), I will appreciate what I have. A comfortable home that is paid for. A loving and stable relationship with Bill (my life partner of fifty-two years in the photo). A few good friends who are still alive. Relative good health (my arthritis is catching up with me).
I have enough to eat.
I can pay all my bills.
I'm not in debt.
I'm not too ugly (yet, but I'm getting there, age does catch up with one)
Yes folks, I give thanks for this day and all the days I am privileged to live in the best country in the world. Even though the days ahead are fraught with danger with the impending Trump presidency, I still have hope that some politicians will not be intimidated nor so selfish that they will keep Trump and his deplorables in check.
Hope is all we have now.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving folks!