After Donald Trump’s Access Hollywood tapes emerged in the days before the US Presidential election in the fall of 2016, and the SOB got elected anyway, a full-blown revolution of women banding together was destined to be born. Trump getting elected and not paying a price for his “alleged” misdeeds helped ensure that eventuality.
Before 2016, I had very little knowledge of, or interest in, US politics. I’m a middle-aged Canadian woman, and I’ve always lived in Ontario. I’d barely ever expressed an interest in the politics of my own country, let alone those of the US. In my personal experience on political matters before 2016, talking politics was related to screaming matches and racially-charged banter between my father and whomever else would debate him, and it turned me away from politics at a very early age.
The morning of November 9, 2016 when I was still reeling from the reality of what had happened the night before with the election, I needed to put into words how I felt. I needed to exorcise from my body the fear, shock and anger that was consuming me. I had to find a way to put my rampant emotions onto paper so that I could make sense of them. I needed to put them to rest before they drove me mad.
One year ago, on October 17, 2017 a country went into mourning. Our Canadian son, an activist, poet, and proudest of proud Canadians, Gord Downie, passed into his next life. He had spent the past year and a half fighting a very public battle with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, and tragically lost his fight on that day.
Trump’s Statue of Authority
When Trump was first elected on November 8th of 2016, parallels from the left and from chaosticians alike began to circulate literally overnight referencing the similarities between Trump and Hitler. Memes, tweets and Facebook posts abound about the disaster that Trump would be. The prospects of world peace and a stable global economy seemed more intangible than ever. We felt on shaky ground, some of us for the first time.