Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Election Day - Or, as I put it: Voting against the person of your choice.

Voting - A civic duty for most of us in democratic republics.  And it's amazing how many of us do not avail ourselves of the right to tell the elites which direction that they should steer government policies.  For us transgender folk, it is very important that we remember this obligation every year, since the struggles do not end when a president is elected. The election only means that the next round of back stabbing has just begun.

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By the time you read this, the 2016 election will be over, and we will be a week into the transition period for the new president. I pray that we will not see another "Florida" and a questionable vote count, as we did in 2000. But, given the signs that some political operatives have been giving today, I am not sure of what will happen. We're already seeing lawsuits about illegal late closing of polls, with one candidate claiming that a polling place allowed some people to vote late, and that these votes should be excluded from the initial vote count. So who knows what things will look like tomorrow morning?

There are quite a few transgenders who think that any one of us who votes for Trump is a traitor.  As much as I don't want him near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (even on a guided tour), I won't say that about most people whose views I disagree with. We needed change, and a vote for Trump was that to break the gridlock that has characterized Washington DC for the past generation.  At most, I will say that these people were misguided, as they were voting for someone who breaks his deals as soon as the contract is signed.

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We transgenders are gaining a much higher visibility these days. Shows like that of Caitlyn Jenner's and of Jazz Jennings' are exposing us to the world.  But there is still too much sensation in many of the depictions of transgenders in the real world.  Sadly, shows like "New girls on the block" didn't catch on, and we are often defined first by our transgender nature instead of the other parts of our personalities which are more important to us.

I could go on and on about things.  But I can say that things have improved for us over the past few years. And it is important for us to use our political clout to insure that things keep getting better.  But I won't say more now - I'm off to an Election night party at Vicki #2's house.

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