“A less destructive but still negative consequence of politics-as-business is the institutionalization of perverse incentives. “Politics as showbiz for ugly people” used to be a funny truth; now it’s frequently a repellent one. Gratuitous provocateurs and flat-out crazy people get more coverage than sensible, thoughtful, earnest policy makers. Vacuous cleverness trumps boring sincerity.”
-Mary Matalin,* co-author of “Love and War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home”
I stayed up till 4:30 Wednesday morning in utter shock as I saw my country elect Donald Trump. I awoke this afternoon with fingers crossed, hoping I had just had a bad dream.
Nope. It happened.
It’s real guys. Trump will be inaugurated in January and will become the 45th President of the United States.
So now what? What can we do? Well, I’m giving myself a day or so to grieve and reflect. And I made a list of what we can do to build up our communities post election……
1. Show love to everyone. No matter if you disagree or not. No matter what your beliefs.
2. Be kind.
3.Eat some ice cream and take a rest. No need for a bowl, just grab a spoon. Then take a breath and a rest.
4. Plant flowers in your yard or your neighbors yard or local park. Literally make the world a more beautiful place.
5. Listen to your friends who are on the fringes. Let their words wash over you and lend an ear to their hurt. Ask them how you can help them heal.
6. Turn off the TV and internet. Go into a quiet space and pray or meditate.
This list is in no way complete, just a few things I thought could help us all heal.
*Matalin was a registered Republican and worked as the personal assistant to George W. Bush while he was in the White House. She recently switched parties from the GOP to Libertarian after Trump’s nomination.