This is why we grieve. John Pavlovitz

We are stunned. This Aussie boy is stunned. I’ve been searching for words to explain how many of my friends and myself feel about what has happened this week but I think those words should come from an American.

John Pavlovitz writes…

I don’t think you understand us right now.

I think you think this is about politics.

I think you believe this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer.

I can only tell you that you’re wrong. This is not about losing an election. This isn’t about not winning a contest. This is about two very different ways of seeing the world.

Hillary supporters believe in a diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or deficiencies or moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking ceilings. It was about going high.

Trump supporters believe in a very selective America; one that is largely white and straight and Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald Trump has never made any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion and isolation—and that’s the vision of the world those who voted for him have endorsed.

They have aligned with the wall-builder and the professed p*ssy-grabber, and they have co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they give for their vote:

Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever said about women or Muslims or people of color has now been validated.
Every profanity-laced press conference and every call to bully protestors and every ignorant diatribe has been endorsed.
Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has championed has been signed-off on.

Half of our country has declared these things acceptable, noble, American.

This is the disconnect and the source of our grief today. It isn’t a political defeat that we’re lamenting, it’s a defeat for Humanity.

We’re not angry that our candidate lost. We’re angry because our candidate’s losing means this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a huge segment of its population, and that’s just the truth.

Those who have always felt vulnerable are now left more so. Those whose voices have been silenced will be further quieted. Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed further to the periphery. Those who feared they were seen as inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages.

Those things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too.

This has never been about politics.
This is not about one candidate over the other.
It’s not about one’s ideas over another’s.
It is not blue vs. red.
It’s not her emails vs. his bad language.
It’s not her dishonesty vs. his indecency.

It’s about overt racism and hostility toward minorities.
It’s about religion being weaponized.
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and disregard for women.
It’s about a barricaded, militarized, bully nation.
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced ugliness.

And it is not only that these things have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred, fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance—it’s knowing that these things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our friends, those we work with and worship alongside. That is the most horrific thing of all. We now know how close this is.

It feels like living in enemy territory being here now, and there’s no way around that. We wake up today in a home we no longer recognize. We are grieving the loss of a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.

This is not about a difference of political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over. It’s about a fundamental difference in how we view the worth of all people—not just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do.

Grief always laments what might have been, the future we were robbed of, the tomorrow that we won’t get to see, and that is what we walk through today. As a nation we had an opportunity to affirm the beauty of our diversity this day, to choose ideas over sound bytes, to let everyone know they had a place at the table, to be the beacon of goodness and decency we imagine that we are—and we said no.

The Scriptures say that weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning. We can’t see that dawn coming any time soon.

And this is why we grieve.

5 thoughts on “This is why we grieve. John Pavlovitz

  • November 10, 2016 at 9:51 pm
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    According to MSNBC 47% of people didn’t vote. Thats a huge disappointment.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 12:01 am
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    This is all leftist cant, repeating all of Clinton’s bogus talking points. Sure, Trump will enforce America’s borders and insist that Syrian migrants be limited because of the impossibility of vetting them properly and the ISIS boast that its operatives are among them. What Trump will do is stop the adherence of his country to the game plan of Cultural Marxism. This election was about the economic depression of the working class and its justified resentment of a political elite, like Clinton, that sneered at them as “deplorables”, “uneducated”, “goobers”, and “trailer trash” while they dipped canapes with the likes of Barbara Streisand in Manhattan and Hollywood. No one likes being talked down to by people who think they are their betters. Hillary’s vision of the world extended no further than the border of Westchester County, New York. The ordinary people resented the manifest corruption of a woman who, along with her husband, managed to amass a personal fortune since they left the White House of between $150 million and $250 million while their only occupations were as public servants As President Harry Truman put it: “Any man who gets rich in politics is a crook.” The ordinary people of this country were possessed of a white hot anger that propelled them to seek a major change. But that said, the sky is not falling, and hysterical blubbering about this will only serve to divide the nation further as we seek necessary reform.

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  • November 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm
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    I am afraid for the future of our American friends. Such division can only bring restlessness and uncertainty to what could have been the greatest country but alas it was not to be. May god bless America and all who live there.

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  • November 12, 2016 at 1:12 am
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    The headlines today say Obama’s parting gift to America is to accept a lot of the migrants Australia won’t let in. Next thing that will happen is that thousands of Middle Eastern boat people will sail to Oz thinking it will be a transit stop to the US. Our crypto-Marxist president can’t leave too soon.

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  • November 13, 2016 at 3:59 am
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    I can’t agree with all he said, i did not vote for trump, but it wasn’t just about racism yes it has allowed some to act out but for many others it wasn’t about that at all mostly about the economy, i have some people In my family that did vote for trump and asked them and fact is middle of the country has not had any jobs or very little job prospects and they want a change, Fact is the Left has left the working class and and i think political correctness has been running amok on the left and we got to get together there is such a divide in the us right now. I think it’s bad thinking just to group all the trump supporters in one light.

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