The What List
The world is losing its collective mind. The left and right are at each others throats, with no room for compromise, no room for compassion. In America, I see liberals lashing out in anger and fear on one side, while conservatives gloat, shame, and attack with fervor in the belief that our new President-Elect would condone such behavior.
It has to stop. We have to find a common ground and we have to quit pointing the finger at everyone who doesn’t think like “us” with such fervent animosity. No, Clinton Supporter, my vote for Gary Johnson did not put Donald Trump in the White House, nor did any other American do so by voting for an alternative to the Two Party Political Stranglehold.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, but she lost Middle America. She lost where it counted. Donald Trump, a horrible and deplorable human being, won because he spoke to the people who were afraid the most and he told them what they wanted to hear.
He rallied the disenfranchised while far too many democrats stayed home.
Bernie Sanders would have won this election in an epically lopsided victory because he could have done something that Hillary Clinton could never do — offer hope for a better tomorrow. Donald Trump offered that, in a sleazy, back alley way, and enough Americans bought into it, because they are sick of their crappy low paying jobs, of asinine trade agreements, and their fear of ‘the other’.
Hillary was the same old song and dance. Trump, for all his misogynistic and racially divisive rhetoric, promised change. Now, DNC, tell me, do you still think it was wise to collude with Clinton to screw Sanders out of the nomination?
But none of that is relevant now. Now we, as a Nation, are faced with a decision. Do we burn it all down and start over? Do we peacefully protest and work toward righting this ship in the next election? Do we roll up our sleeves and get to work, on both sides of the political fence, to mend the hurt, to be kind to one another, and to put the extremists on both sides in their proper place?
We have to stand together against hate, against misogyny and racism, against the disregard for human decency. That sword cuts both ways.
We are at a tipping point, my friends. We can give into hate or we can reach inside ourselves and kindle the fading embers of love and hope.
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What I’m writing:The election threw a monkey wrench in this week’s plans, so this weekend I am finalizing my ‘sekret project’ pitch to the powers that be. If time permits I’ll also be working on OCCULT DETECTIVE: The Roleplaying Game.
What I’m doing: Playing D&D tonight with the Next Gen group and D&D with the OGs tomorrow via roll20. Monday is the ‘Super Moon’ and I have some esoteric ideas for how I plan to embrace that event.
What I’m reading: The Secret History of Twin Peaks by Mark Frost, Robert E. Howard’s Conan RPG Core Book by Modiphius, and, with the Water Street Book Club, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.
What I’m watching: Westworld is still the best thing on TV. We’re still enjoying Timeless, the DC shows on CW, and I’m all in on The Exorcist. As a family, we’re also also working our way through Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I continue to be enchanted by Critical Role and am catching up on Josh Gates’ Expedition Unknown.
What I’m listening to: Musically it’s all about Wardruna’s Runaljod – Ragnarok right now. In terms of podcasts it doesn’t get better than Gordon White’s Rune Soup and The Horror Show with Brian Keene and Dave Thomas. I’m also giving Kelli Owen’s Buttercup of Doom a listen.
What I’m anticipating: The easy answer is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Star Wars: Rogue One, but there is a small part of me that wants to answer revolution, civil war, and götterdämmerung. It’s scary out there, people.
What I’m obsessing over: You mean besides post-election drama? Well, silly, that’s an easy one — Doctor Strange.
What’s next on The Occult Detective: Not sure if I’ll have a chance to blog over the weekend, but next week promises a fresh installment of The Occult Detective’s Last Writes with… Pop in Monday to see how the unsinkable princess Alethea Kontis faces her eternal rest.