Next Monday, the Electoral College will meet to cast their votes, though the votes won’t be counted until Congress meets on January 6th. That is also the last day for anyone in the House or Senate to object to the results of the Electoral College vote.
It feels like some of us are in the bottom portion of an hourglass, feeling the grains falling on our heads and wondering if someone will come along to flip the glass in time, or will we be buried and suffocated under an avalanche of sand.
As I said weeks ago, this election is not like any other election in recent history. Americans elected a group of individuals (since when you’re voting for a President, you are also voting for all the people who come with said President from his Vice President to his advisors to his cabinet) that are not for ideas but against groups of people. This isn’t the usual case where there are multiple paths forward and all have their pros and cons. There are few people who will experience pros with this administration. There are many more people who will experience cons.
When we can actively point out the groups that will be discriminated against under the proposed policies, the fors don’t matter when, in order to put them into action, they go hand-in-hand with againsts.
I wish everyone understood what it feels like to be in the lower bulb of the hourglass and be on receiving end of discrimination. I don’t want other people to have to actually experience it — it’s awful to feel fear — but I can see from the way people voted that they don’t understand what life is like down here. If they did, they would never make a decision that could possibly lead to people being in the lower bulb.
I am grateful to the people who have not experienced the fear that goes hand-in-hand with discrimination but were able to imagine how horrible it would be to have people shout a racial slur at you or how it feels to walk up to your shul and see it covered in swastikas and hate slogans and voted accordingly; especially to people who wanted a third-party candidate and chose to vote for Hillary Clinton not because they were for Hillary but because they were against hate and were going to do everything within their power to stop this situation from happening.
Hate isn’t just words. Hate isn’t just images. They are proof of an ideology; its manifestation in visible or auditory form. And history has shown us time and time again the results of that hate-filled ideology.
So we wait for next Monday and then we wait all the way until January 6th to find out if anyone is going to flip this hourglass or if some of us are going to drown.