In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

The State of Our Union



The American people have spoken; the new face of our nation to the rest of the world will soon be that of a xenophobic, misogynist tycoon. This man has declared that he will re-enact economic policies that already failed miserably over thirty years ago. The middle class will soon suffer even more than it already has beneath an unrestrained upper class, and many hard-working “little people” will probably never be able to retire now (myself included, it would seem). This man has also committed himself to eroding what little ground we’ve been able to gain as a society since the second Bush Administration began. The progress we’ve made regarding women’s reproductive rights; same-sex marriage; the sense of inclusiveness that we’ve been developing these past few years; it’s all at risk now. Our new President will stand to face little significant opposition as well, given that the Republicans now enjoy a majority hold over Congress. Worse still, this man – who proved during the Presidential debates that he is neither rational nor even-tempered – will have access to our nuclear codes. We will all have to live with him until 2021 at least, assuming that he isn’t re-elected by then (which is a dangerous assumption, considering that no one believed this man would win in the first place – not even his own party). All of which begs the question: will there even be a 2021?

If you found yourself weeping yesterday in overwhelming sadness and fear – perhaps even several times throughout the day – I’m right there with you. Those of us who voted for a better America are now experiencing grief. This election was the ugliest one I’ve ever seen, and it’s even divided families. There are people in my own family tree who have supported Trump, and while it was already difficult for me to talk to them while the election was still in progress, it seems totally impossible to me now. I don’t know if I will ever be able to speak with these people again. There are other people in my family who especially stand to suffer under the coming Trump Administration: queer, transgender, and disabled loved ones, not to mention all the women I love who feel that their rights are now in serious jeopardy. I also have co-workers and neighbors who weren’t born in this country, who have since become proud Americans, and who no longer feel they are welcome. This election has proven that America simply doesn’t want people like them around; and if it doesn’t want them, it doesn’t want me either.

But take heart. What Hillary said is true: “We must accept this result.” This election will forever remain important in history, and not just for its outcome. It’s also important for what it has started. We failed to win the nonviolent battle our nation fought on Tuesday, but we can’t let that disenfranchise us. We have to think of the future and keep moving. We have to work even harder for the next election, and we have to start right now. We are locked in a culture war with opponents who are frankly too stupid to run this country without running it into the ground, and our greatest weapons are free speech and the right to vote. Don’t just wait for the next Presidential election; there are elections every year, and all of them are important. The American Republic begins with who and what we vote for (or against) in our own local areas. If we’re going to win back the White House, we need to do it from the bottom up.

I know you’re scared; I am too. But don’t let fear keep you frozen; don’t let the eyes of the Backward Face hypnotize you into doing nothing. Each new day through which we successfully live is another stellar victory, and there are many more such victories to come. Though I generally dislike bringing politics into my prayers, I pray that Great Set will straighten all of our spines and share His celestial iron with each of us, that we might open our mouths and speak everlasting words of power. May everyone who is “othered” by the Great White Christian American Male be liberated and transformed into a relentless and unstoppable force for progressive change. And may all our cries for freedom and justice be carried beyond our deaths upon the winds of Set’s eternal storm.

Now, with all that being said, we will resume our regularly-scheduled programming here on In the Desert of Seth.

Gods be with you all.


6 responses to “The State of Our Union

  1. Erica Mary Eleanor November 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Very well spoken! It is a very scary time indeed.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Aina Tawamba November 10, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    For some reason I’m not scared. Not even shocked. I guess I’ve kind of seen it coming. Me being African American, I’ve always been looked at like I’m an outsider but it’s gotten worse over the past year and a half. My sister asked, while we watched the election, who I thought was going to win and I said Trump. She said the same. So, we weren’t as surprised as everyone else. On an even worse note, I live in Kentucky and now (after 95 years) Republicans have control of the house so we’re even fk’d locally.

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    • G. B. Marian November 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      This comment really shook me last night. I had to wait until now to formulate a reply. What you have said here is both so amazing and so horrifying that I just can’t think of what to say. All I can really say is thank you, I am extremely grateful to you for writing this. And I am deeply sorry that this is happening.

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  3. Patrick Cotter November 11, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Even in this tragedy of cultural warfare, we must take heart. Over half of voting Americans rejected a message of hate, fear, and bigotry. Some of them even did so unhappily, feeling greatly dissatisfied with the alternative. This shows that our country is not truly lost to demagoguery.

    The peaceful transition of power is core to who we are as a nation. In light of this, we as Americans must accept that at the end of the day, Donald Trump won a presidential election fairly under our electoral system (whether or not his campaign itself was fair, or whether the electoral college is an accurate system, is a different debate.).

    However, while we must accept this man’s victory, we as individuals need not accept him as a leader. The right of our population to peacefully and civilly organize and disobey is perhaps even more core to who we are than our election cycle. We as believers in justice, equality, and liberty must fight, every day, until our government is brought back on the path to good. We must use our voices, picket lines, blogs, social media, music, prose, poetry, films, and any other form of artistic, political, and social expression to show our country and the world that ignorance, bigotry, and injustice have no home in our great republic.

    You will be beaten down. You will be told that you are childish, foolish, and ignorant. I would remind you that like words were used to chastise Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Susan B. Anthony, Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, and yes, Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders, as well as the millions of others who have fought against oppression and bigotry in our world’s long, and often dark, history. But the old, bigoted, cisgendered white male is a dying breed. We must use our reason, logic, and creativity to overcome a violent white male culture that is giving its last dying gasp to halt the engines of progress. It will not be easy, we will raise children in a climate of bullying and anger, we will face or witness discrimination and bigotry, and many will gain new scars, both physical and psychological.

    But this is America. When a monarchy told our ancestors how to worship, they said no. When an entire culture was forced into servitude and horror, the said no. When an entire gender was told they had no say in how the world progressed, they said no. When the world’s last great demagogue attempted to cleanse an entire ethnicity, we said no. On the steps of our greatest memorial, a man once said that he had a dream. His dream is still a long way off, but in 2008, we as a nation elected one of the many pieces of his dream. In 1978, when being openly gay in America was all but a death wish, the great state of California elected a man who sparked a revolution in the way that we think about gender, sexual orientation, and love. In 2015, we as a nation stood up and shouted for his beliefs, and marriage finally became equal.

    This is the history of our nation. President Barack Obama coined the phrase “when they go low, we go high,” but there has always been a “they” and there will always be a “we.” We’ve always fought, we’ve always believed, and we always will. Don’t lose hope my happy warriors. We’ve had 8 years of relative rest, and now it is to the trenches we must march again, with pens instead of rifles, and hope instead of fear.

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    • G. B. Marian November 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      The above comment was made by none other than our very own Brother Patrick of the LV-426 Tradition. Thank you so much for your kind words, brother; Hail Seth-Typhon, and Long Live the American Dream!


    • SixxWixom November 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      On that note, it’s time we take back the term “social justice warrior”. Bigots & misogynist have taken to using “sjw” in a derogatory manner, to indicate histrionics and hyperbole. I say we call it what it should be; a badge of pride.

      We are all dealing with this loss as best we can. Personally, I’ve been sobbing off and on since Wednesday (you can ask my husband, he wrote the original post!). But yesterday my sister told me that she is taking this as a call to arms and will be redirecting her disappointment and sadness into volunteer work for the ACLU. I’m proud to call her a social justice warrior, I hope I, and indeed all of us can follow her example ad best we can.

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