So...I guess my four sleepless years begin now.
I won't lie. It's been a rough past couple of days for me. I spent most of yesterday trying not to cry. I am politically terrified in a way I have never been before.
This isn't just about party lines, either. I am a lifelong Democrat because my beliefs generally align with the party's platform. But while I wouldn't have relished the idea of any Republican president, I wouldn't feel as shocked or sad about one with actual political experience. I voted enthusiastically for Obama in the past two presidential elections, but at the same time, I acknowledge that both John McCain and Mitt Romney would have brought valuable experience and insight to the table.
For those of us with misgivings about Trump--and I suspect that this group may even include some people who voted for him--the big question is where we go from here. How do we respect the outcome of our democratic process while simultaneously working to protect what is important to us?
Inspired by my sister's good example, I decided to start off by making a couple of charitable donations. What unnerves me the most about Trump is his willingness to fan the flames of ethnic and religious bigotry. Accordingly, I made a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
I also made a donation to the Karam Foundation which helps both Syrians inside Syria and refugees. I studied in Syria between 2004 and 2005, and I sometimes like to say that the country is tattooed on my heart. The situation there has been a source of heartbreak to me and many others since 2011. From Trump's statements during the campaign, I doubt the US will take in any additional Syrian refugees over the course of the next four years. To me, that made it particularly important to support an organization that is helping the people who are caught in this terrible conflict through no fault of their own.
Aside from charitable donations, though, I'm short on ideas. If anyone has any thoughts on where to go from here, I would love to hear/read them. As always, I will be hoping the best for our country.