Sasha, I can almost understand why you would write something like this a few days after the election. If it was pure raging anger and lashing out, I might disagree with it, but at least I would understand it. But to double and triple down on it almost a month after the election, as you have done here, is just hubris.
Divisiveness is what got us into this mess, and pointing fingers ad nauseum is not going to get us out of it. Every time I see these post-mortem “analyses” that cherry-pick one or two reasons why the election turned out as it did, I just think of bakers explaining which ingredients were responsible for the cake. “It was the flour and the sugar!”, asserts one. “No, no, no, it was the butter and the eggs!”, argues the second. “You’re both crazy — that cake never would have happened if it wasn’t for the baking powder and the cream!”, shouts the third.
The truth is, there are many ingredients involved in baking a cake, just as there are in baking an election. They all contribute to the way it turns out. And yes, you can all be right. It was the Alt-Right, and the Bernie extremists, and the Jill Stein voters, and the Trump lies, and Hillary’s lack of charisma, and the Fox bubble, and the FBI, and the Rust Belt blue collar workers, and the closet racists, and the misogynists, and white privilege, and Wikileaks, and the DNC, and the electoral college system, etc. etc. etc.
We can argue our opinions about which cherry-picked ingredient was “THE REASON” it happened until we’re blue in the face and never agree, but the fact is, they were ALL relevant to some extent, and they ALL contributed to the final product — a giant Trump Upside Down Cake.
If you want an example of a productive response to this election, take a look at how the City of San Francisco responded. This is the type of response to which we should aspire.
[The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Response to the Election of Donald Trump]
Resolution responding to the election of Donald Trump and reaffirming San Francisco’s commitment to the values of inclusivity, respect, and dignity.
WHEREAS, On November 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected to become the 45th President of the United States; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That no matter the threats made by President-elect Trump, San Francisco will remain a Sanctuary City; we will not turn our back on the men and women from other countries who help make this city great, and who represent over one third of our population; this is the Golden Gate-we build bridges, not walls; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we will never back down on women’s rights, whether in healthcare, the workplace, or any other area threatened by a man who treats women as obstacles to be demeaned or objects to be assaulted; just as important, we will ensure our young girls grow up with role models who show them they can be or do anything; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That there will be no conversion therapy, no withdrawal of rights in San Francisco; we began hosting gay weddings twelve years ago, and we are not stopping now; to all the LGBTQ people all over the country who feel scared, bullied, or alone; you matter; you are seen; you are loved; and San Francisco will never stop fighting for you; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we still believe in this nation’s founding principle of religious freedom; we do not ban people for their faith; the only lists we keep are on invitations to come pray together; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That Black Lives Matter in San Francisco, even if they may not in the White House; guided by President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, we will continue reforming our police department and rebuilding trust between police and communities of color so all citizens feel safe in their neighborhoods; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That climate change is not a hoax, or a plot by the Chinese; in this city, surrounded by water on three sides, science matters; we will continue our work on CleanPower, Zero Waste, and everything else we are doing to protect future generations; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we have been providing universal health care in this city for nearly a decade, and if the new administration follows through on its callous promise to revoke health insurance from 20 million people, San Franciscans will be protected; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we are the birthplace of the United Nations, a city made stronger by the thousands of international visitors we welcome every day; we will remain committed to internationalism and to our friends and allies around the world-whether the administration in Washington is or not; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That San Francisco will remain a Transit First city and will continue building Muni and BART systems we can all rely upon, whether this administration follows through on its platform to eliminate federal transit funding or not; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That California is the sixth largest economy in the world; the Bay Area is the innovation capital of the country; we will not be bullied by threats to revoke our federal funding, nor will we sacrifice our values or members of our community for your dollar; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That we condemn all hate crimes and hate speech perpetrated in this election’s wake; that although the United States will soon have a President who has demonstrated a lack of respect for the values we hold in the highest regard in San Francisco, it cannot change who we are, and it will never change our values; we argue, we campaign, we debate vigorously within San Francisco, but on these points we are 100% united; we will fight discrimination and recklessness in all its forms; we are one City; and we will move forward together.