Smile! Today is Better Than Yesterday. #ElectionResults2018?

Good morning, America.

So: what happened yesterday with the #ElectionResults2018?

You’re going to hear “there was no blue wave.” You’re going to hear election results “vindicate” the bullying, partisanship, and nationalist hate you’ve experienced for almost two years.

Here’s the truth: all the peacock strutting in the world can’t get back what the current GOP just lost… and it was a lot, nationally and locally.

The democratic republic worked as it should.

Checks and balances have been reestablished as House committees that refused to provide oversight have new leadership. Over 100 women won elections yesterday, so there’s new and younger idealistic representation in place.

It took everything the GOP admin had to hold onto the Senate when they saw the House was lost.

Corporate Cruz had to kiss Donnie’s ring to barely beat Beto’s grass-roots campaign in Texas.

Kim Davis was ousted by the man she wouldn’t give a marriage license to.

Oh, and a Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who *died* last month has won a heavily GOP state legislative district.

Smile! Today is better than yesterday.

Bob Mueller is waiting to press send.

And if you need to be reminded what “presidential” actually sounds like:

Take Your Power Seriously. Keep Each Other Safe. Be Indomitable.

“Take your power seriously. Keep each other safe. Be indomitable.”

Above is the ten-word signature line used by a character I write for, a young woman who was put into an impossible predicament and tasked to claw her way out, eventually turning her situation fully to her advantage. She was inspired by many women I’ve known in my life including those who folks knew not to cross: matriarchs who understood how and when to use their power.

I recently advocated online that women should not only be willing to use their power but, in situations where knuckleheads aren’t taking subtle hints, they should damn well assert it. It cannot be 100% on the guy to figure out that “let’s go slow” is code for “back off creep” when that reply sounds in any way coy or negotiable, even under the guise of safety. If the advance continues in spite of light protest, the lady needs to be taken seriously with a firm, practiced, and irrefutable “no.”

I was told to burn in Hell for that assertion.

In social media circles, I’m told I’m fearless for speaking my mind with a sharp knack for articulating it. The topic of discussion was that “celebrity” and the article written by his unidentified date, sparking an overdue debate on whether it was just a bad night or sexual misconduct… but also who was to blame. In what should be a clear learning opportunity, a number of folks are saying that the celebrity bears 100% of the responsibility for how the date failed.

Sorry not sorry, but that’s wrong, and there’s a reason I spoke up against it.
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