Some dude once said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” I’m pretty sure he never imagined that Donald J. Trump would be elected President of the United States.
I’m joking. Sort of. There is a lot to be concerned about right now, but it’s not all doom and gloom. Dads 4 Change asked a group of fathers, including myself “what worries you most about the post Obama era?” and “what gives you hope?” My short answers are “a lot” and “enough.” Here are my longer answers:
What worries you most about the post-Obama era?
My eldest was born the day Barack Obama was elected the president of the United States and I felt my world take a glorious turn. When I looked into my daughter’s eyes all I saw was potential. It’s a crazy analogy, but I think that’s how a lot of people felt when we elected Obama. Anything. Is. Possible.
The election of Donald Trump is an enthusiastic middle finger thrust in the face of that sought after, promised-for hope. Now the phrase “anything is possible” takes on a more sinister tone. Will LGBTQ and civil rights be rolled back? Anything is possible. Will violence against Jews increase? Anything is possible. How about Muslims? Damn probable. How will women fare? I guess we’ll see.
For the last eight years–in fits and starts to be sure–we have made progress. For the next, at least four years, it feels like it will be the ultimate struggle not to lose too much ground. It feels inevitable that we will be taking steps backwards instead of continuing our forward progression. Historically victimized groups will be hurt. Individuals will be hurt. It feels like the best we can do is hope the change won’t be too bad.
What gives you hope?
My ultimate hope is that people, including myself, will wake the f*ck up. It was easy to sit on the sidelines and watch progress happen, post our support on Facebook. Now we actually have to DO something. Screw the government. This shit was never top-down, anyway. It’s time to get grassroots and enact some real change. We need to volunteer, to run for office, to help when no one’s looking. We, I, need to push back and maintain forward momentum. Because this country has yet to live up to its full potential. Anything is still possible.
Read the rest of the worries that will keep you up at night and the hopes that will get you out of bed in the morning at Dads 4 Change.