Woke up this morning…
6.45. Grab the iPhone. Guardian news app. The latest on Hillary’s victory margin.
It’s all Trump. Why is it all about Trump? Oh……
‘Tis democracy. The American people have spoken. Just like the people of England did when a majority voted for Brexit. That was devastating. I felt it deep down. My country, my England, not my England. In the office that day we sat bewildered, disbelieving, depressed, sharing our feelings. This time I just felt kind of numb. It’s that bit removed. It’s not my country. But it’s a country I admire, respect, take inspiration from. Especially through music. And in the tube going into work, it had to be Bob Dylan. “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. And those Talking World War III Blues. Surreal – for now.
And, of course, it’s a country whose fortunes and actions affect all of us around the world. So, yeah, I’m VERY, VERY WORRIED!
Nonetheless, I wouldn’t presume to pass judgement on the voters of America. Too easy to stereotype. You have to respect the vote. Each individual had good reason to vote the way he or she did. Be it anger, despair, defending the right to arms, despising the Washington insiders, not trusting Clinton, wanting a businessman in charge, fearing terrorism, or immigration, or whatever. You see, I’m a liberal. Trying to understand. I’d rather build bridges than walls. But the wall-builders are winning at the moment. (The UK is building one in Calais by the way). Hate and fear and cynicism is winning. The clock is going back to the 1930s…
So do we just retreat into our bubbles, put the music on and party like it’s 1999?
Right now it feels like the only option. Though I know it mustn’t be the only option.
Here’s a playlist to keep you going, if like me, you are feeling rather stunned by it all.
What’s Going On? – Marvin Gaye
Beyond Belief – Elvis Costello
Talking World War III Blues – Bob Dylan
Nervous Breakdown – Ducks Deluxe
Pure Worries – Dixie Peach
A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
Bullet the Blue Sky – U2
The End – The Doors
The Wall – Pink Floyd
Masters of War – Bob Dylan
Get out of Denver – Bob Seger/ Eddie and the Hot Rods
Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
The End of the World as we Know It (and I feel fine) – R.E.M.
(With thanks to DC for his suggestions. Left Green Day out, given that respect for the vote.)