Last Semana Pasqual, I was doing litter patrol at the end of a packed beach day. Two wonderful young people, 15 and 17 years old, stopped me to ask if I was picking up litter because I was being paid, or was working from the heart.
I said the latter, which pleased them tremendously.
They were middle class Mexicanos from Guadalajara. We spoke of the importance of protecting the oceans.
With my lousy Spanish, I struggled to understand one comment the young girl made. Finally, I discerned that she had said Trump, and that what she was asking was "What is wrong with America? Will it elect Trump?"
I responded that I thought that would not happen, and that the media was inflating his popularity.
Just now, a Mexican friend came by. He was very distressed about what happened, what it would mean for Mexico, and wondered how Americans could do such a thing.
The only thing I can think of to say is that Trump probably did NOT win the majority of the popular vote (although he almost did, and votes are still being counted). And also that, in some states, Republicans have suppressed votes by removing voting places and making it extremely difficult for many people to vote, especially in areas of Democratic majorities.
Hopefully, enough of us will able to check some of the madness that we fear. It will not be easy, given that the Republicans now control the Presidency, Senate, and House.
We The People of the United States who voted for Hillary and Bernie, must step up and be the loyal opposition, from wherever we are. I will do what I can from La Manzanilla.
A democratic republic is a fragile thing indeed. And given the power of the USA, its fragility there has the potential to cause grevious harm worldwide, including La Manzanilla.
Today, it is mourning in America, and the world.
Tomorrow, it is time for los Americanos to step up and try our best to check the madness.
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