Post-election Feelings

I didn’t vote for Donald Trump. I feel like I want to declare this to the world. Not that it matters of course. He’s in and that’s that. And I’m going to be honest when I say I’m agitated and annoyed by all the demonstrations, the flag burning and protests. He’s in because half of the people who were willing to come out and vote, well they voted for him.

I won’t protest him, but I didn’t vote for him either.

Where I’m at right now is choosing hope. I’m choosing to believe, until I’m given evidence to the contrary, that perhaps he’ll rise to the challenge. Maybe this man who was elected to lead our country, well maybe he’ll figure out how to do that. Up until now he’s been a caricature of a human being — brash, rude, unkind, downright scary. I didn’t choose this, this doesn’t represent my beliefs or what I want in a political candidate.

And that hurts. Because I have people I really love who are scared and frustrated and hurting at the results of this election. A lot of our country is upset, scared that rights will be taken away, scared about what the future holds. A lot of bad stuff was said about a lot of people.

The worst part of all of this is how I’m lumped in with a group of Trump-supporters who come across as uncaring, unfeeling, rude, brash and unkind. I don’t want to be associated with this group. I don’t want to be a part of joking about a wall being built (it won’t be built). I don’t want to be a part of telling people to go back where they came from.

I want to be a part of a political group that loves people — that is pro-life, ALL LIFE, that cares for the poor, that cares for the businessman, that offers healthcare without it killing doctors in private practice.

Mostly, I want to be identified with people who spend their time doing good instead of putting other people down. I’m tired of the divisiveness. I’m upset that I’m lumped in with this group, but there doesn’t seem to be another place for me to go.

Comments

  1. Mary Kate Dempsey says:

    Rachel, THANK YOU for saying this. It pretty much sums up exactly my feelings on this election and all the fallout. I’ve seen ugliness on all sides, but the most painful has been watching people whom I truly love behaving so horribly that it has brought me to actual tears. As Catholics — heck, as HUMAN BEINGS — we are better than this!

    You are not alone in this and I am sure glad to be “lumped in” with someone as fine as you.

  2. Adrian Gallacher says:

    I feel for you. Looking in from the outside (from the UK), I think most Catholics don’t feel at home in most political parties or with candidates. It’s always a matter of ‘I voted for….but….’
    With Donald Trump, I didn’t believe he would do, not just half, but a fraction of the things he was saying he was going to do. Now, even this morning, we are listening to him and finding that post-Election Donald Trump doesn’t agree with pre-Election Donald Trump.
    That’s reassuring. But maybe the biggest problem is that it may be a green light for any candidate to say whatever they want because, once you’re elected, you’re a ‘different’ person. Farewell integrity. But perhaps it will hasten the appearance of candidates in future who are known to do as they say. People will vote for integrity because otherwise it’s a lottery. God is good and God is Goodness and maybe the Goodness in a person is what people will search and vote for. My Goodness, do we need you now!!

  3. Yours is the most loving, sensible response to the election that I’ve read. Thank you.

  4. Exactly. Thanks for writing this.

  5. Thank you for writing. I checked in because I was hoping you could put into words what so many of us are feeling. Here is to doing good – for living like Jesus, finding examples from the Saints, being compassionate, and praying for guidance and the strength to do hard things.

  6. Catherine Carlson says:

    I echo your thoughts exactly. It was a blessing to find Evan McMullin in the last days of the race and have a real conservative option to vote for. He claims to want to lead a new conservative movement and I take him at his word.

  7. I really like your blog and have followed for many years and will continue to do so moving forward. That said, I disagree with much of what you said.

    I think our current president is responsible for much of the division in our country. He has divided the country to a degree that I’ve never experienced in 41 years of life. He has mocked the average citizen in middle of the country citizen claiming “they bitterly cling to their guns and religion”. He has divided our nation along racial lines and the black lives movement is a fruit of this division (in my opinion). We have watched the middle class disappear during his tenure and these outrageous “Obamacare ” premiums have pushed many over the edge financially.

    Hillary and her campaign doesn’t think think much of the Catholic church, thank you Wikileaks. She also supports partial birth abortion and one can only imagine which Supreme Court justices she would put on the bench.
    I’m struggling to relate to those who are hurt and scared over this election. I’m not sure what they frightened of, honestly. I’ve been frightened over the past few years also, it was troubling to see Ferguson, MO burning. It’s been frightening to watch thousands March because a democratically held election didn’t go their way. It’s even more frightening that our country has raised a generation of spoiled little children that need safe spaces If they are triggered by speech they don’t agree with.

    I wish Donald Trump wouldn’t have been so rude or brash either and I certainly don’t think he’s the optimal candidate. But when you get right down to it: we had two choices and voting third party, if you’re right leaning, is a vote for Mrs. Clinton. I know where she stands on life, healthcare and the economy. Our country is one in marked decline, morally, economically and religious liberty was at risk. That’s why I voted for Trump. I think he will restore the middle class, advocate pro-life causes (whether he believes them or not) and find a tenable solution to the health care dilemma.
    I’ve never posted on this blog or any other for that matter. I chose to write this because I’ve seen so much angst and negativity regarding the election and wanted to share a different pint of view.

    Respectfully

    Todd

    • Todd, I totally agree with you. My family has been depressed for the past eight years, and for the first time, we feel hope. It is such a great feeling. I also agree with Kate’s post. Thank you both for writing. First-time commenter here, too.

  8. I want to be part of that political group that you describe also Rachel. Almost everyone I spoke to felt the same. And no matter who voted for whom (forgive my grammar? I’m not going to look that up) I also agree we should move forward with hope and optimism.
    On a side note I miss your blog posts!!!

  9. There were a lot of people really praying hard for this election. Novenas, Rosaries, fasting, candles lit, etc. There is no doubt in my mind God’s hand was in this election – Praise be to Him! As my immigrant friend from the Philippines put it when she voted for Trump, “I was not voting for sainthood”. God can work through imperfect people, he does it day in, day out! Keep praying for Trump, we all know he has his faults. Then again Hillary could use some prayers too, that woman…oh how Our Lord has spared us!
    Without our Catholic leaders saying WHO to vote for, they sure lead us in what Catholics stand for so we all would be in the same direction.
    I very much appreciated Todd’s comment.
    Peace

  10. Thanks for this, friend. Thanks for putting yourself out there.
    Love from Columbus!