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2020 and the Election

My husband, David, posted this yesterday on his Facebook. I felt it needed a broader posting which is why I am posting it here.

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So, four years ago, I woke up on the morning after the election filled with apprehension, confusion, disappointment and despair. But, in spite of not agreeing with their choice, I actually kind of understood where Trump voters were coming from. The Democrats had nominated their least likable candidate in years, there was a significant frustration with how things worked (or didn’t) in Washington, and I think a lot of them looked at Trump as a kind of political experiment. An inexperienced fox to throw into the DC chicken house. So they did.

This morning, my feelings are different. Today, I am overcome with a soul-crushing sadness. Not because Trump has been re-elected (as I write this the ballots are still being counted). But because half of this great country voted for him again. This time, the Democrats had nominated the least offensive, most middle-of-the-road candidate they could have. This time, we have a clear understanding of just what kind of president Trump will be. The travelling shit-circus that these past four years have been, with its cruelty, and narcissism, and stupidity, and incompetence, has provided ample evidence of what is in store for the next four, if Trump should win.

And yet, half the country voted for him. Again.

At this point, historically, I think I would have been tempted to add “in spite of the shit-circus”. But this morning I know better. His followers don’t vote for him “in spite” of what he is and the wreckage he creates. They don’t overlook his hatred and his evil because they think he’ll keep their taxes down. They voted for him because they like it. They like the hate, the meanness, the fury. The want the cruelty, the pettiness, the mocking. They don’t vote for him “in spite” of all that. They love him BECAUSE of all that.

And that is what has completely devastated me this morning. I have woken up with the realization that half of the country that I love so much, is made up of such people. I had no clue. I honestly thought most Americans were like me.

So here I am, a stranger in a strange land. And I have no idea how to get home, because I am not even sure where that is anymore…

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This summarizes my feelings as well. Much love to all of you.

Blessings always.

Jerry Ann

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Sunday

Traveling to NW Arkansas for a memorial service, and it has been thirteen years since Carmen was here.

This was a wonderful moment in our travels yesterday. Twelve hours in a car, to attend a service for essentially my little brother has been difficult to say the least.

He would be turning 50 the 24th of this month. Far to young to be gone. Tony was fun, engaging, strong minded, mean, and loving. I will miss him something fierce.

We were out of touch for about fifteen years, but have been talking every couple of weeks recently.

Life is short. I am grateful I knew him and that he was a part of my life.

See you on the other side cowboy. I love you.

Blessings.

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Gangster

Kindness is So Gangster!I went to visit Carmen in Tallahassee this weekend. We had a great time putting together finishing touches on her apartment, shopped and had some great food.

We had brunch/lunch at Jeri’s Midtown Cafe before I headed back home on Sunday. The service was impeccable, and the food was fresh and flavorful.  Their servers wore these shirts stating kindness statements, but this one really spoke to me.

Kindness is So Gangster!  Embracing this…as I have begun to love this phrase.

Happy Monday!  Go Gangster!!

Blessings.

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Sunday Thoughts

I have some friends that are going through times of uncertainty. I say that it will get better as it did for me but they are still unsure.

God takes us through something, I believe, to help those that go through it later. He brings you into their lives to show that His grace is enough.

Circumstances might be different, but the pain and healing are the same.

Looking back on my life, I never thought that I would be one to encourage others.

I am feeling blessed with my past (as difficult as it has been), because of who He has placed in my path. It is my choice if I assist, encourage or help. He places those that might need me to help…I feel anyway.

Blessings.