I won’t reveal how I voted. Nor can I claim to be happy about yesterday’s outcome (I married a woman who took it hard). But a piece of me thinks that a Donald Trump presidency may make it harder for certain sorts of outlooks or activities to be taken seriously.
The first is the grief counseling offered to students at U Mass Lowell:
We at the Multicultural Affairs Office hope this email reaches you and you are doing ok. We know many of you stayed up waiting to hear of the election results. These are unprecedented times. The nation as well as our community is reacting in many different ways. We are reaching out to each of you because we know that this was an intense election and we are already hearing a number of reactions, feelings and emotions. This is a critical time to make sure that you, your friends, classmates, neighbors are doing ok and seeking the appropriate support especially if they need a place to process or work through what they’re feeling.
You may hear or notice reactions both immediate and in the coming weeks, some anticipated and many that may be difficult to articulate or be shared. While it may take some time to fully take in all the recent events, please also know that the OMA office is here for you. Our UMass Lowell community is here for you. Do not hesitate at all to come in or ask for support.
Today there is a Post-election self-care session from 12-4pm in Moloney. The event will include cookies, mandalas, stress reduction techniques and mindfulness activities. Counseling and Health Services will also be available. We have sent out messages through our Social Media sites as well as encouraging students to drop in all week. Above all, take good care and know that there is strength in our community that you can lean on.
Office of Multicultural Affairs Staff
Do these people cower when reading accounts of the American founding for all of the self-actualized agency that colonists displayed in seeking self-determination and limited government? (Read: are they American?)
The second is Damon Linker’s description of the cosmopolitan w-w that has dominated the Obama years (thanks to Rod Dreher):
Underlying liberal denigration of the new nationalism — the tendency of progressives to describe it as nothing but ‘racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia’ — is the desire to delegitimise any particularistic attachment or form of solidarity, be it national, linguistic, religious, territorial, or ethnic… cosmopolitan liberals presume that all particularistic forms of solidarity must be superseded by a love of humanity in general, and indeed that these particularistic attachments will be superseded by humanitarianism before long, as part of the inevitable unfolding of human progress.
For those of us 2k Protestants who have managed to hyphenate ourselves, and found ways to recognize our multiple loyalties, the notion that all attachments to what Edmund Burke called little platoons block national progress is — well — unwelcoming. It’s also dumb. Were the Students for a Democratic Society wrong to exclude Young Americans for Freedom?
I don’t think President Trump will issue executive orders for colleges students to human-up or for Orthodox Presbyterians to sponsor OPC Pride Parades. But I do sense that he will not lend the support of the White House to the touchier and more ethereal sides of American character.
9 thoughts on “Make America Sane”
I warned them this would happen with consolidation but they didn’t listen.
” I won’t reveal how I voted.”
Hey, that’s unfair! How will I know if I still agree with anything you’ve written?
b, sd, Trust. Don’t verify.
Ahhh, so you’re Catholic now.
“But a piece of me thinks that a Donald Trump presidency may make it harder for certain sorts of outlooks or activities to be taken seriously.”
I’m afraid I’ll have to add the outlooks and activities of both the Racial Reconciliation Corporation and the Gospel Centered Industrial Complex to things that should not be taken seriously in light of Trump’s victory. Some of our friends on the Racial Reconciliation beat at TGC are viewing white Evangelical Trump voters no differently than writers at the Huffington Post, NYT, New Yorker, Washington Post, etc. The Starbucks and Whole Foods Loving Creatives (Redeemerites) are besides themselves that people who don’t Worship The City, Love The City, Live In The City actually have a different opinion on “gospel-centered” living. Who knew that Missional Gospel-Centered Urban Christians had their own SJW counterparts?
How ironic that those who talk the most about diversity, tolerance, and inclusion of “The Other” never seem to apply it when “The Other” is a White Evangelical Trump voter.
Happy Times Ahead. Happy Times Ahead.
So Obama gets two terms and his wife has about as much cultural cachet as Beyonce and Oprah, but this election proved the racist and sexist underbelly of the american electorate? How about you ran a candidate who had less charisma than Al Gore, admittedly didn’t like to campaign, ostensibly didn’t get after it until the last three weeks and needed the black president and his wife to motivate her OWN base and, oh by the way, you defrauded the populist in your own party(Sanders) out of the nomination. Maybe this was less about the electorate and more about your candidate.
She fails to turn out the members of her own party at the same level Obama turned out TWICE against white males on the other ticket, in the same democratic districts, buy you’re mad at and blame republicans for not breaking ranks and voting for your candidate or abstaining? And this after bragging about how dominant you were on the ground and you might even have an electoral landslide? And this is somehow the fault of white men and women? Hurry up and get through your stages of grief, so you can start reconciling to your self-inflicted failure.
Sean Michael Winters notes how President Obama did not help American sanity:
Do correspondents do a better job of complicating matters than historians?