I reach out to your office often and I feel like all I get back is form letters, so now I am taking to my blog to talk to you. I have seen in the news that it's probable you are going to vote "yes"…
Let's be clear. There is no "both sides" to Charlottesville. Yes, we have free speech in this country and while it's specifically to stop the government from stopping us from saying whatever we want, let's not get in the weeds on that one like we always do. Let's look at it like this: A group of people whose main tenet is that whites are superior and the earth should be "cleansed" of everyone who isn't white were marching around chanting "Jews will not replace us" as well as "blood and soil" (yes, a Nazi thing, just FYI) all while rallying around a statue of a confederate general. Many things the president said about Charlottesville were incorrect, from who had permits, to the implication that you need them to protest to begin with. He even lied about the winery, which his son owns and isn't anywhere near the largest in the country. But "both sides" were at fault? Just think it through from a moral perspective.
The post-mortems on why Hillary lost are finally in full swing and I'm in agreement with the gist: the media misrepresented her, didn't correct lies about her, and the Comey letter sealed the deal. She also, of course, made mistakes herself, especially by misreading the angst and mood of the country. Here's the thing, I am/was/will always be a fan of Hillary Clinton. Is she a perfect person or candidate? No. Do I agree with every part of her platform? No. But she is brilliant and spent her life fighting for children and healthcare. Did I want her to run this time? I was only against it because of exactly what happened. She got beat up - again. She has baggage, almost 100% of it lies or ridiculous twistings of the truth - but people just can't seem to get past their hate.
The last two weeks have been a flurry of flights and European cities. I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon for the first time, a conference where the world's tech community comes together to exchange ideas. I was there by myself, which was a bit isolating and overwhelming, but also afforded me the chance to speak to people from all over the globe. In the middle of all this was, of course, the election. To say I am shocked and saddened by the outcome is an understatement. More to the point, I am still in the denial stage of grief and only since returning home have I started to even process what happened. I was at dinner with a friend and several of his friends the day after the vote. It's important to know that all the men present were pro-business and while not necessarily pro-Trump, were definitely anti-establishment. They saw the election as a way to shake things up - and I came to see that side of the argument. What I still can't wrap my head around is how Trump (or "He Who Shall Not Be Named" as many of us are now calling him) is the person to do the shaking. Unless you want the vibrations to be racist, misogynistic, bigoted and from a place of poorly-run businesses. One of the men asked me, "How then, do you think, did Trump win the election?" "White supremacists." His jaw dropped at my answer, and let me explain. If you look at the numbers of who voted for Trump, it was vastly white people. While I don't think all those voters are racists in the traditional sense of the word, in that they would deny someone a job or call a person names because of the color of the skin - that is exactly what they did with their vote. By overlooking Trump's many, many, many, many, many comments and actions in that direction. By not being concerned about how others would be treated in a Trump presidency.