Clearly, the American electorate spoke last night. And clearly, they decided that a liar, a misogynist, a xenophobe, a bigot, an idiot, a tax avoider, a demagogue, and a despicable human being who has bragged about sexual assaults on women was more palatable than having their first female President.
It's no secret that tangible, feasible, effective, and visible change is needed to bridge growing socio-economic and cultural divides in the Western world. But a growing xenophobia and fear of change warrants political action and enactment of democracy. It does not license what is supposedly a decent, resilient, honest, earnest, and respectful nation of over 300 million people to present a man without morals or conscience as their representative, their leader, their face to the world.
I'm deeply disappointed that both liberal and conservative voters failed to see past the fear stemming from many places, and sought to address this by granting access to the codes to authorise a nuclear attack to an imbecile. That's not the United States of America I got to know, growing up. Those are not the welcoming, decent, kind, selfless, and inspiring American people I met.
To those who believe in hope, in decency, in inclusion, in national pride, in equality, and in respect: We need to continue fighting for the important principles we believe in, with every fibre of our beings. Because, sometimes the easiest thing to do is not the right thing to do, but will be worth it for our generation and for our kids' and grandkids' generations. These social, cultural, political, and economic issues are deserving of our best.
Do not go gentle into that good night.