I was close to the protests when they happened… I met up with someone close to the old Nightly Show studio (so, close to Columbus Circle, not long before protests broke out).
After I met with my friend, I checked twitter and I saw protests were happening. And I almost went.
I have such mixed feelings about them.
First off, I want to state unequivocally that I do not judge anybody who went, or is going, or is organizing one, etc. You are raising your voice against a dangerous man, and that’s important.
I almost went.
I want to share my anger out loud… Everything that’s happening is so freaking ridiculous. I understand the burning desire for peaceful protest…
But then I think about how I’d feel if people were doing that after Clinton got elected. “Hey! She won! Let her have her moment! Stop complaining about nothing. She’s not a criminal!” (Etc. etc. etc.)
And as strongly as I believe Trump is dangerous, the other side believes she is…
So, I think, “I need to hold myself to the same standard I would hold them. I need to respect the office of the Presidency.”
But then I think, “If this were Hitler (and I *know* Hitler references get so old so fast and they’re used too often…) But I understand the parallels. And if he does horrific things, I want to be able to say, “I did not stand by and watch it happen!”
And then I think… “But I didn’t stand by! I voted. I gave money. I knocked some doors, made a few phone calls, all that… And I will protest certain acts he does while in office (assuming he does anything he says he’s going to)… But I can’t protest that he won, even if I don’t like it at all…”
So… I went back and forth and did that whole dance in my head… And then I didn’t go.
I mean, I’m all for the faithless electors. I think it’d be great if somehow *somehow* it were possible to turn this around… But if he’s my President, then I have to at least kinda try to respect the office…
I wonder how/wht Hillary’s doing right now.