and they will know us by the trail of frustration but there is a light in the distance

It’s easy to get frustrated. At least it is for me. Yesterday’s post was largely out of frustration. Not so much about pictures of ballots–though that’s all people reacted to!–but about the election in general. It’s been a vicious and caustic and divisive cycle that’s gone on for far too long.

Honestly, I’m tired of all of this. It’s exhausting. So much hate constantly being spewed out by everyone about everything. Usually everyone just blames the conservatives for being dicks–and they’ve never been more racist and sexist–but the progressive side has been worse than ever before. Snide, caustic, jingoistic, classist, and xenophobic. All adjectives they’d like to think don’t represent them.

Anyrate, the election is tomorrow so some of this will soon be behind us. We’ll be left holding a lot of this baggage for years to come. It’s very likely there will be violence tomorrow, and when Clinton runs away with the election, Trump and his thugs will call for some insane kinds of action. His supporters are already carrying guns and making jokes that aren’t jokes about using them on Clinton.

This is terrifying, mind. Like, you can hate Clinton all you want, but this level of hate goes beyond insanity.

But, for all the hate and pain and terror, there are things to be hopeful for. There have even been aspects of the election that have excited me.

I’ve seen more and more people invested in the political process then ever before. People I know care about the issues, care about the future of the country.

I’m fortunate to be part of the generation that’s working to civilize this country. Of course, if you read any major publication, they publish thousands of hot takes and thinkpieces about how my generation is the worst and ruining the country, but we’re the most inclusive generation. As much as people deride university students for wanting safe spaces, they’re making waves that will be pushed beyond the university borders. Workplaces will need to start accommodating people of various genders and sexualities and bodies with varying degrees of mobility.

It’s an interesting time to be alive and I’m excited to see how active people have become. Because the real work really begins when Clinton takes office. If you want progressive movement, you need to take action. Push her administration to fight for indigenous rights, for environmental protection, for worker’s rights, for equity for people of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds, of all genders and sexualities, for people of all striations of class.

So I encourage you to vote–though you likely don’t need to hear that from me. I don’t particularly care how you vote, but I think you should. And if you’re too disgusted with the various presidential candidates, you don’t have to vote for any of them!

I know someone’s going to shout at me for saying that, but the president doesn’t matter nearly as much as everything else on your ballot. There are constitutional amendments, senators, representatives, and on and on. If you need a cheat sheet, check out Ballotpedia and enter your address so you can learn about who is running for office in your town.

Anyrate, another benefit of this cycle is that someone brought Matt Taibbi to my attention. His election coverage has been hilarious and insightful and definitely worth checking out. Especially his most recent piece.

And so though I’m frustrated and annoyed–as I’m sure most of you are with this election–it’s worth remembering that not everything is the worst.

So go vote in your local elections and get ready to fight for the causes you believe in. It takes time and effort or money. Slacktivism is all the rage–and it’s not a bad thing–but you need to do more to make the change you want.

But, yeah, carry on.

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