So…

How’s everybody feeling this week?

Meh.

But we must move on. One of the best ways I’ve been moving on is to watch Stephen Colbert on the Late Show (via YouTube). It’s been years since I’ve watched late night tv (I’m no longer a young thing, though I rarely did it when I was a young thing.) But if I was in the US, The Late Show would be completely worth staying up for.

My favorites opening monologues since the election:

Don’t Move To Canada Just Yet 

Trump and Obama Sitting in D.C. A-w-k-w-a-r-d

Donald Trump Tells a Half-Troubled Nation, Don’t Be Afraid

Start there, thank me later.

I was in Seattle in the days leading up to the election. Everything seemed fairly normal (I didn’t watch more than an hour or two of tv though). People didn’t seem panicked. By odd chance The Husband left London for Seattle two days after I came back. We haven’t had a chance to chat about what that was like, as he dashed off to somewhere else the day he came back, but I’m curious to see if he saw people crying in the streets or anything. Seattle is a pretty go-with-the-flow kind of place, but the state of Washington was very much in the Hillary Camp. Since returning to London I have been asked by one Italian mom how I felt about the election, and there’s been a very brief discussion. Other than that, either no one wants to think or talk about it, or being expats, most either long term, or moving to other destinations outside the US, it doesn’t really register as important to the people I see most often.

I’m just trying not to picture what we will come home to next July. {A giant wall? Half the work force in Seattle missing?}

One of the things that I do think we (as citizens) need to be shouting about loud and clear and long, is the disgrace that is the electoral college. Have you seen the popular vote stats*?

Trump    47.1%    60,948,836  votes

Clinton   47.9%   61,993,136   votes

I’m not a mathematician, but I’m pretty sure I can tell who got more votes (by over ONE MILLION votes). So when people ask, how could the American people elect Trump?? I can say: WE DIDN’T. Some outdated system of voting did.

This serves as a lesson to my kids, and backs up how a lot of people feel, that even though we get out and vote, who we cast our ballot for doesn’t actually matter. That is the way it feels. I am an American, I voted, the rest of America voted, and none of it actually mattered. This is why people don’t vote in elections. Because they know that it truly doesn’t matter what the American people want. Politicians will do what they want no matter what.

*Source: CNN

and I will try to limit my angst at the election to two posts

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