David Black and Lori Mayhew on the U.S. Election Outcome
Like many of you, we watched the U.S. election returns last night, first with hope, then with mounting horror. David has three daughters, and Lori has two daughters and a son. We both hoped our children would see the election of the first woman president to that most powerful and symbolic seat, a confirmation to our kids that their gender presents no barrier to success.
Instead, we saw the narrow election of a man whose bullying, sexist and racist comments have debased political discourse. It’s important to remember the majority of Americans did not vote for Trump. Hillary Clinton lost the Electoral College but won the popular vote.
The U.S. is not our country, but it is a loud and influential neighbour. It’s up to us to make sure this toxic discourse doesn’t take root here, and to learn from our neighbour’s experience.
The fact is, many Americans believe the people entrusted with leading them have instead left them behind. They’re worried about their security and the future of their families. In many respects, we agree with them. But Donald Trump is not the solution they needed.
British Columbians also have plenty to worry about. Wages are stagnant and it’s harder than ever to get by. We’re told our economy is in great shape but many of us don’t see that playing out in our own lives.
We have the right to ask for better. We must demand accountability, progress and change from our government.
However, we will demand change that is caring, just and respectful of our shared humanity.
David Black, MoveUP President
Lori Mayhew, MoveUP Secretary-Treasurer