The Village News & Views March 15, 2017
Wednesday Get Over the Hump Free for All
Good morning fellow Village people!
It’s Day 55 of the Resistance and the election is far, far behind us. Perception is a weird thing, and in this new America it often feels like one day is a week and every week is a month. So much tension, so many assaults on our sensibilities, Muslim bans, destruction of health care, Russian collaboration… the list unfortunately goes on.
So I realize I should “be over it”. However, it seems I may not be. In fact, my mind wants to argue that there is some illogic to “being over it”, that something valuable and important may be lost if I just give in and get over it.
March 15th is of course the Ides of March. I remember as a little girl demanding to know what Ides were and why Ceasar was supposed to fear them. Shakespeare has never been my particular thing but I always did love Marc Antony’s speech in Act 3, Scene 2, and have parodied it a time or two, however badly.
It appears I haven’t quite gotten that out of my system yet either.
Patient friends, I promise tweets and a cat meme or two at the end. Meanwhile…
Yo, Village – blank verse by momentarygrace
Yo Village, including but not limited to my friends
Hope you don’t mind if I borrow a bit of your time
I’d say your ears, but I’m writing not speaking, so your eyes at bare minimum…
I’m here to put something in the ground.
What, you may ask, or if you’re feeling grisly, maybe who…
Simple: the idea that choosing the most qualified candidate ever to run for President of the United States, was wrong.
The evil that she’s supposed to have done seems like it’s gonna live forever. Right-wing memes, Left-wing memes, all kinds of lies and half truths and implications and suppositions that it seems like everybody is so damn sure about…
Except it’s not everybody. Plenty of us know better. Plenty of us paid attention. Plenty of us voted for her without holding our noses even a tiny little bit.
But she wasn’t inspiring! Or so say those who think they know something.
I know better. I was inspired. I know other folks who were very inspired.
Our hopes and dreams are worth something, by the way, even though popular opinion might suggest otherwise.
But yes, the memes were out there, and yes, she wasn’t perfect…
Of course nobody is perfect, no man, no white man, black man, not even Barack Obama, whom I love more than really good gumbo, is perfect.
But it’s mostly the bigots and racists who feel the need to comment on that. Most folks don’t consider it necessary, so why was it necessary to mention it every single damn time someone wrote an article or prefaced an interview?
One of those mysteries of the ages I guess. Now, if you say it, say it softly – misogyny – and be ready for the back-spatter.
So, not perfect, and yeah, it seems as though she’s paid for that, hasn’t she? Of course in my humble opinion or IMHO as we say on the interwebs, the ones who are paying are those she would have helped and protected, the men and women of color, the LGBTQ community, the hard working immigrants, but what the hell.
Over here we got Bernie Sanders and a lot of other folks who think they know something about something, and for sure, they mean well, and that’s what matters, right? I mean they’re all honorable folks, aren’t they? No axes to grind or anything…
Well, I’m the one who’s talking and I’m just here to say this: I like her.
I respect her. I trust her. I’m even a little bit intimidated by her, I mean, damn, she calls me to my higher self, if you know what I’m saying.
She shows up, she works hard, she was on the campaign trail with frickin’ pneumonia, and people dancin’ around and anything, but she didn’t get mad, she didn’t stay down, she just kept working.
I liked it when I heard that she didn’t just talk, but she listened, to the Mothers of the Movement, who had lost so much, so cruelly.
I liked it when she gave Khizr and Ghazala Khan a moment on her platform, and a chance to speak directly to that guy who has been so disrespectful, before during and after.
A lot of people came that day and the next, some to sing her praises, but many to talk about what they believed in and thought the people of our country needed.
But Bernie said she gave some speeches. And Bernie knows about speeches, right?
Tax returns not so much, but he can talk about speeches…
You know, a lot of people said she was ambitious – hungry for power, even! Of course every time she’d been in the spotlight, she’d have to fend off the most disgusting attacks, but hey, if you’re power hungry, who cares about that, right?
But she always seemed to have time to listen, to so many people. She had time to hear what was bothering them, and what they needed.
She admitted to looking at cat gifs when the ugly and rough talk got her down maybe just a little, I guess since she admitted that, I’m supposed to think she’s weak.
Ambition is supposed to be tough. Right? And self centered…
But you know, they said she was ‘corporate’ and la la la Goldman Sachs and so on, and they’re honorable, aren’t they?
Isn’t Bernie? And the media pundits? They mean well, right?
Well, time can’t be made to move backwards and there aren’t any do-overs so even though the future that could have been so bright is still sharp and present for some of us, I guess we can’t dwell on that.
But I’ll tell you what. Just because someone tells me to shut up about it, and wants to take a crap on my thoughts about the subject and my deep convictions and what I know to be true in may heart, well that does not mean I have to take those hopes and dreams and tear them up into pieces or grind them to dust.
Nor do I have to bury them in the ground.
Maybe this chapter has ended but the book is not closed and the fat lady ain’t sung yet and by all that’s unholy, I should know, being both a fat lady and a singer myself.
Pink hats are wondrous things but I have a banner and a standard that is a whole lot more solid to me.
What would Hillary do?
So no, I won’t shut up about it. Get used to that. You have your touchstone and I will have mine, thank you very much.
It keeps me on my feet, damn it all.
Just give me a moment to freshen up the image in my mind of all we could have had and all we could have done.
Just need a minute. Then I’ll put on my pink pussy hat and pick up my sign, sign some letters, send a few tweets.
But when we get where we are going, however long it takes, you best be prepared to understand who pointed the way.
Now just be quiet for a bit.
From the Twitter-verse:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 7, 2017
Let resistance plus persistence equal progress…here was my message to Democrats today.https://t.co/7HpG7dDF6H
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 24, 2017
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 18, 2017
What I'm thinking about today:
And a vet who fought with those now excluded:https://t.co/4LhNIT8xVo
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 31, 2017
— hRc☽ (@weIshwitchh) March 14, 2017
Thread of women I deeply admire and look up to.These women happen to be the defining feminists of our generation pic.twitter.com/UtwH4KeHnb
— RihCoconut (@RihCoconutt) March 13, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) March 14, 2017
Gentle reminder that Hillary told y'all this shit was gonna be a DISASTER and DISGRACE….
— Propane Jane™ (@docrocktex26) January 31, 2017
You broke it, you bought it. https://t.co/OSq1mvcTye
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 14, 2017
For people who don't get it: Trumps reported income for 2005 shows he has been lying about his net worth for years.
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) March 15, 2017
— Wonkette (@Wonkette) March 14, 2017
— Andrew Isaac Burrill (@burrilliance) March 14, 2017
There were many cats and then there was Kevin. And Kevin was not like the other cats. pic.twitter.com/xDXq6lQB3h
— Cat of The Day (@CatotDay) March 15, 2017
Thank you for your patience. Love and peace, Village! Enjoy your Wednesday gathering.
We are #StrongerTogether
We are #TheResistance and #WePersist
All are welcome!