My friends, in the days, weeks, and months after November 8th I was in shock at what had happened but I refused to believe why. You are (in some cases were) my friends, and I would not have become friends with people I felt were, well, bad people.
I refused to believe…
You believed the her email nonsense.
You bought into the MAGA buzzwords.
You wanted to take healthcare away from families, children.
You thought healthcare is a privilege instead of a right.
You were racist, harbored racist thoughts, or would overlook someone being a racist.
You thought a multiple bankruptcies, multiple bailouts, brand name only charlatan was a good businessman.
You would dismiss misogyny and likely sexual assault.
You would be blatantly anti-immigrant.
You would support breaking families apart.
You hated the LGBT community.
You supported making the 1% and the .1% richer while doing nothing for society.
You could dismiss an overwhelming amount of evidence of election tampering by a foreign entity.
You would dismiss an overwhelming amount of evidence this administration and all around them had colluded with a foreign entity.
You would accept a president spending $70M and counting on golf trips his first year in office.
You would accept a president violating the Emoluments Clause daily.
You would accept blatant nepotism in the White House.
You would allow our nation to be embarrassed daily by a president incapable of forming complete, coherent sentences.
You would continue to support the proven false idea that more guns in the hands of more people with more ammunition make us safer.
You would allow the appointment of cabinet members so clearly corrupt and bent on destroying the departments they were assigned to lead.
You would defend white supremacists.
You would defend a mass murderer.
You would allow the suffering of our own citizens at the hands of our government.
You could look at me, your “friend”, and say the things many of you have because I do not agree with what is happening in our country.
I refused to believe so much not because I was mad at you, but I was mad at myself. How could I have missed so much about the people I had chosen to care for and allow into my small circle of friends. Today, many months later, I have let that go. You are, do, or believe each of the things I’ve listed above, or perhaps worse, you don’t care enough for them to represent a deal-breaker to you. Your continued support of the disaster unfolding in our nation represents flaws within your own acceptance of yourself and the inevitable change happening in our world.
Today, I allow myself to believe all this and it’s OK to say goodbye to our friendship. If you realize someday you can fight to make the world a better, more equal, more accepting place, I’ll be here. Until then, I believe you are wrong.