Letter from the Editor: It Happened.

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As I’m writing this article, America is being painted, poked and prodded in the crudest shades of blue and red on my television screen.

I’m sad. I’m scared. I’m anxious. I’m looking at my computer screen, typing these words only to distract myself from the map of our nation, which is bleeding all over.

The DOW Jones Industrial Average has dropped 800 points so far tonight. Someone commented on my pro-Hillary Facebook post, “#NastyWoman lol at least you admit it.” I personally just shared an article from Business Insider describing how to relocate to Canada.

This is our reality now.

This is one of my last Letters from the Editor in my position as Editor in Chief of CisternYard News. Someone told me the other day to write about what is relevant. Write about the issues that we face today. Because in the future, I will look back on this letter and be able to recall how I felt about some of the most pressing issues that our country was facing.

President Donald Trump is the most pressing issue that our country is facing.

Flash forward to the morning after the election. Waking up in Trump’s America feels slimy. It feels like betrayal. My brother had texted me “Love you Court. It’ll all be ok.” My coworker walked into the office and said, “I would say good morning, but it isn’t.” Students are walking around Charleston – a little blue freckle in the fiery, red face of South Carolina – like post-apocalyptic zombies who have somehow survived nuclear warfare.

It is, as David Remnick wrote in The New Yorker, an American tragedy – one that will indubitably turn into a global tragedy in a matter of time, if we don’t start fighting now.

How do we combat this?

Courtney Eker, Editor in Chief of CisternYard News

We need to look at the next four years and start living intentionally now. Start now, at the height of our disappointment, confusion and outrage. We cannot wait. From this point forward, for the next four years, we must focus on politics as much as we have been for the past couple of weeks. This election has been looming for so long, and yet the majority of the people I know have only begun educating themselves on these issues within the last month or two. It has become a buzzworthy topic, full of people making buzzworthy comments, posts and memes. Can you imagine where we would be if we were always this attentive to politics?

It’s the same way we have commercialized our holidays. Aside from select days of the year, we go about our day to day experiences paying no mind to gratitude or integrity. We only come together when we have an excuse to do so. Donald Trump was just elected president. We have an excuse to do so for the next four years.

Do not get me wrong: Much like many others, I have flirted with the idea of seeking citizenship elsewhere. My mom told me she voted for Hillary instead of a third party candidate specifically because she was afraid that if Trump won, she would lose me to Canada. It does sound appealing. But that just makes me fearful for those who have no choice but to stay in the country. It is only appealing to me because I have the means to do so. I recognize that privilege. But my heart hurts so badly for the women, people of color, LGBTQIA community, Muslims, immigrants and disabled people who do not have the means to up and leave, and will therefore truly suffer the consequences of the next four years far more than I will. Now, more than ever, we have to stand by our country – if only to salvage what little respect remains.

That being said, I will publicly denounce our President. I am an American citizen and I care about our country – and those are the exact reasons why I refuse to stand behind Donald Trump. That man is not representative of who we are as a people, nor are his derogatory comments, vicious slurs or sparks of outrage. I will stand by our country and stand by our government, but I will not stand by that man. Because that is the kind of complacency that has cultivated a culture in which someone like that can run – and be elected – for President of the United States. We do need to stay united; we do need to come together. We need to understand that the reason we put a vitriolic, racist, narcissistic, misogynistic man in the White House was not because everyone loves the guy. CNN exit polls showed that 29 percent of Trump voters were bothered by his treatment of women, 20 percent of his supporters said he didn’t have the temperament to be president and 21 percent of his own voters said they didn’t think he is honest or trustworthy.

His own supporters.

The reason why we elected Donald Trump is because our system is flawed and our people were terrified enough of the political elites’ corruption to place a reality TV star in the Oval Office.

That’s a wake up call.

Answer it.

It is not the time to give up. It seems daunting. It is daunting. My eyes are bloodshot. Friends who passed me on the sidewalk today have stopped to give me a hug, which is a testament to what my face looks like when I have been crying a lot. For those of you who do not know me well enough to know what that looks like, it is red and puffy and very obvious. The country has weary eyes right now, too.

But at the end of it all, female, queer, black, brown, able, disabled, native or recently arrived, we are Americans. And American eyes look forward.

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  1. HHFaircloth

    10 November 2016 2:54 am

    Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won
    Trump Is What Happens When You Nominate A Cheater and Live In An Echo Chamber—Please Learn From This

    Did you read Wikileaks?
    Well, you should have.
    The “conspiracies” were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything.
    Wikileaks was not Russian propaganda, it was the news.
    Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. You had the opportunity to look through a window into the Hillary Clinton campaign, but you didn’t.
    By ignoring the leaks, you ignored reality.
    By not listening to your fellow Americans, and accusing them of being “conspiracy theorists” and trusting the corporate media, you ignored reality. By only following other liberals on social media, and only reading liberal or corporate news, once again ignoring reality. When Hillary Clinton was caught rigging the primary against Bernie Sanders, and Democrats nominated her anyway they ignored reality.
    Everyone was simply insulating themselves within their own echo chamber ignoring anything outside their bubble.
    The Media Lied To Us About EVERYTHING
    If you’ve been following my Twitter or Facebook account during this 2016 election you probably would have thought I was a Trump supporter. However, I am a former registered Democrat, a Bernie supporter, and consider myself a progressive libertarian. This was the first election I ended up voting 3rd party, but my second choice was Trump. I simply could not vote for Hillary Clinton because of her mishandling of classified information, and stealing the nomination from the people’s choice Bernie Sanders.
    Hillary never should have been nominated in the first place. The first clue was when she was under FBI investigation, and the second clue was when she rigged the primary elections.
    In an attempt to inform my friends, family, and followers I posted dozens if not hundreds of Wikileaks e-mails, and tweeted alt-right news just as much as I did liberal news. I did this because most of my followers are liberals, and I realized they were all living in an echo chamber on social media where they were not being exposed to differing opinions or news. I was mostly rejected by liberals for doing this, they didn’t understand why I was sharing things that made them uncomfortable, but now they know why. Ironically, I got far more support from Trump supporters for trying to tell Democrats the truth. I wasn’t expecting that.
    I took it upon myself to understand Trump, and his supporters. What I found was millions of great Americans who had been disenfranchised, normal people like you and I, who did not recover from the Great Recession. They’re pissed off about Obama Care, endless wars, trade deals that have killed jobs, higher taxes, a rigged economy–and, they are not wrong.
    Had Democrats taken the concerns of average American seriously, especially the concerns of Millennials, they would have quickly realized Hillary Clinton was not the right nominee for the Democratic party in 2016.
    Bernie Sanders Would Have Beat Trump
    I 100% believe Bernie Sanders could have created a political revolution to beat Trump, but instead we’re getting Trump’s revolution.
    The reason Hillary Clinton did not win this election is because she never should have been nominated in the first place. There was a better choice.
    Democrats let Hillary hijack the DNC, and use her corporate money to push everyone around. Meanwhile, she used Correct The Record to poison the minds of people online into isolating themselves with paid Hillary trolls. Had Democrats paid attention to the leaks they would have seen the mountain of evidence that told the world that Hillary rigged the primaries against Bernie Sanders, and was illegally coordinating with Super PACs like CTR. She should have been disqualified. The evidence is on Wikileaks.org.
    Meanwhile, the media, and social media kept everyone ignorant and isolated from differing opinions. They lied to us, manipulated us, and made us think the rest of the country agreed with us, when they didn’t. They used their position of authority to mislead us into believing in a false reality—in propaganda.
    This is the problem with America today, the technology that was supposed to bring us together actually isolated us into echo chambers and drove us further apart.
    Getting the news from just your friends is a logical fallacy, you need to know your enemies, and realize they’re not much different from yourself.
    There Is Good News
    While you weren’t paying attention, Trump is actually a former Democrat. If you study his actual values he has far more in common with traditional moderate or liberal values than he does a traditional conservative. In fact, Trump may even be more liberal than Hillary Clinton on several issues.
    The media prevented any kind of discussion on values, and instead focused on rhetoric and propaganda. So most Americans who immediately defaulted to what the media and Clinton campaign told them never took the time to actually get to know Donald Trump. They just watched the jokes on SNL, and corporate media blindly without considering other sources. While I’m still unsure about Trump myself, we at least know politically he’s actually a New York Democrat in Republican clothing (this is why the Republican establishment rejected him).
    You also need to consider Donald Trump just overthrew a group of political elites who have been ruling this country for decades. He just beat the political establishment singlehandedly. No matter what you think about him personally, he just accomplished something historic to become our President.
    At the end of the day, this is an opportunity to learn and grow and consider another world view. This is a wakeup call to get out of safe spaces, politically correct thinking, shatter echo chambers, and challenge yourself to consider the other side of the fence. This is an opportunity to reach out and truly learn to understand each other.
    We all have to come together to solve any real problems with our country in the next 4-years. This election was a lesson to consider all ideas equally, regardless of established authority.
    We need to come together and move forward together.
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    Read this article, I hope that it will help you to understand why so many middle aged, middle income Americans voted for Trump. Please stay in the USA, we need more young Americans like you.
    Want more than politics as usual?

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