Many of my facebook and twitter ‘friends’ are reposting articles written from the purported perspective of the stereotypical Trump supporter. You know most of their adjectives …
rural, religious, unemployed, employed but insecure, limited education, limited transferable skills, religious, middle American, white, male, real-men loving women with similar adjectives, outsiders, now former outsiders, residents of fly-over country, racist
Many of these articles or opinions are lambasting ‘us’ for ‘them’ having to vote for “a Donald Trump”. Their adjectives for ‘us’ … those who supported Hillary Clinton you probably also know …
urban, irreligious, or contemptuous of religion, wealthy, over-educated, well-employed, stably employed, elite, coastal, insiders, now out-siders, multicultural
So in blaming us for them voting for and electing Trump we are apprised of their revenge vote to show us their contempt … for us.
So yes, the religious right has elected the penultimate east coast, irreligious, serial adulteror, all money is green, insider to be the President of the United States. Well done, my vindictive countrymen and women.
And thank you for helping me understand less than ever about the American psyche because …
I supported Hillary Clinton. I am from a rural, working class family in middle America. I determined early in life that if I wanted options in my life, I needed an education. I needed an education and skills so that I could always support myself and to help me grasp the world at large. I worked my way through college and a few scholarships and stipends helped with that.
My husband and I met and married while still in college. He also is from a working class family in middle America.
We finished college, had our daughter, and he, an Army ROTC scholarship recipient, went into the Army during the Viet Nam era. During his military career, I worked in various professional level jobs as we traveled from one Army posting to another. During those years I continued to work on graduate level degrees until finally receiving a law degree.
After my husband’s retirement from the Army he also updated his graduate level education and, while building a career in the IT field, he continually upgraded his certifications and education, often at our own expense so he could stay flexible and current in his professional role. This helped him survive many corporate reorganizations and downsizings.
I have been self-employed for almost all of my legal career and had to face the ups and downs of a small business in changing economic times.
While we do live in Virginia, I would not consider us coastal. We live in a bucolic, mostly rural and somewhat agricultural county. We are certainly not urban, nor elite.
The only adjective described by the ‘them’ that I proudly wear is that of irreligious. I am a proud atheist, but I don’t think anyone who knows me would label me as immoral or unworthy of respect.
So, ‘them’, throw any mud you wish. I accept responsibility for my place in life, in the world. I choose not to blame others for my choices. I certainly don’t blame you for the fact that I am not wealthy, worldly, or elite.