What Comes Next?

Moving forward after a big step backwards.

This was a very hard week. Clinton lost the presidential election (-ish), and Trump is now the president-elect. This is all sorts of bad.

In a normal election, I would be sad if the Democratic candidate lost to the Republican candidate. I would be sad knowing what laws and policies they would implement and how it would negatively impact the nation.

This wasn’t a normal election, though.

I am sad about the outcome, yes, but I’m also scared and worried. Trump’s entire campaign was built on hate and racism, and now it looks like his presidency and administration will only be more. People of color, immigrants, religious minorities, and ethnic minorities are terrified and have every reason to be. I’m Jewish and the country just elected an anti-Semitic, racist, bigoted clown to be president.

Yes, I’m scared, but I’m not giving up at all.

This is a loss, and this loss will stick with us for a long time, but we can bounce back. There are many reasons why Clinton lost, but I’m sure the Democrats will come back stronger next election (hopefully by the mid-terms, too).

But 4 years is a long time, and I don’t want to let the country go to shit without trying to stop it. So I took some good advice, and put my money where my mouth is. My wife and I have set up monthly donations to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. We have also made some one-time donations to the Southern Poverty Law Center, RAINN, and The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. These will not be the last donations we make.

The next four years will be difficult, but I want to do what I can to make it easier for those who need it most. I will be fighting Trump at every turn, and helping those who will when I cannot. This is only the start, and there is a long way to go.