I am grateful we did this strenuous hike on Election Day. Every four years I am sick to my stomach, and this election was no different. Four years ago I cried my eyes out because Obama was reelected (except I forgot to throw a temper tantrum, destroy private and public property, block traffic, and protest the democratic outcome). Instead, my family lost our health plan and were forced to pay more for a plan we did not want. I lost my favorite primary doctor, and my kids lost their pediatrician, whom we loved. But our federal government always knows what is best for us, right? It is somewhere in the U.S. Constitution . . . I think.
Because I naturally anticipated another four years of a Democrat - a criminal one, at that - and since America loves government telling them what is best for them, I preferred the idea of getting away from reality and taking this taxing hike up Ice House Canyon Trail in the Cucamonga Wilderness.
This trail is a rocky incline.
We found water in California.
And tiny pinecones.
And gnarly trees.
But is was soooo PEACEFUL and serene.
And abandoned structures.
We would love to go further; maybe next time.
This is how we California desert dwellers experience autumn.
And this is where ladybugs are born: in the Cucamonga Wilderness. : )
On the way down; cannot wait to get to the car, and the restroom.
I did watch the election returns later that night, after we returned from our hike, and they were surreal. By 11:30 PM I went to bed, leaving it in God's hands. I did not know the outcome, but it appeared that Trump would win. How America managed that one, I was surprised.
However, about a month before the election, I said: "If Trump wins, we'll get a puppy." It was my way of saying: "When pigs fly . . . " I was feeling rather cynical, and rebellious.
At 4:30 the next morning, I received a text from a friend: "So, what kind of puppy are you getting?"
I am eating my words.
Trump was not my Republican candidate. I did not vote for him in the primary either. He did not appear serious to me, he had Democrat roots, and he had socially liberal ideas. However, the more he became the lone Republican candidate, the more he evolved conservatively.
A few weeks before the election, I found myself defending my husband's candidate, Donald Trump, against family members who referred to Trump supporters as "stupid and dumb." (My husband is NOT stupid or dumb. He does not hate Muslims or Mexicans, he is not racist, and he is not afraid of homosexuals.) He just has a different political and social worldview than you - a worldview that has been demonized and demoralized for so long that some believe anything other than their own view is absolutely wrong. (BTW, my husband is Mexican-American, if I have to use the hyphenated word.)
The more American flags burned, the more Mexican flags waved, the more Trump supporters were violently attacked for attending Trump rallies, the more people called Trump supporters racists, homophobes, and Islamophobes, the more I was pushed to support Trump, too. These are absolute lies about people who support Trump; and the Left knows exactly how to push emotions, even untruthfully. It worked.
Yeah, Hillary Clinton does not represent us. She is a bigger, overreaching federal government official than Trump could ever prove to be. She has been in government forever and out of touch with most Americans. She actually looks like an evil, big corporate, anti-environmental Republican on paper, in her private business dealings - and if her supporters honestly cared, more would have supported Bernie Sanders than her. And there is more, but I'll stop.
The Democrats' way of dividing Americans has reached a boiling point. More Americans are done taking a back seat to people who are either not American citizens, with no intention of assimilating into our culture or society, or ungrateful, spoiled brats who hate America, burn our flag, or wastefully take government assistance; and yet their voices are heard and their personal demands are taking precedence over our God-given rights in the U.S. Constitution.
Some Americans have been forgotten or pushed aside in order for government to pander to smaller groups of people based on their race, place of origin, so-called religion, or their sexual orientation. They have rejected the rule of law intended to protect what is right and good for all citizens, in favor of giving attention to smaller personal, private issues, and they have put those issues above the rights of Americans in general. This is the liberal way of life, and it is utterly disastrous.
Let's not forget the dismantling of and burdens on our livelihoods based on some fake environmental science about how the sky is falling, and we're all going to die because humans suck. I'm talking to you, California voters! But, I digress.
Will Trump change this? I do not know because he must work with Congress. Will they work with him? Not if they are full of greedy, arrogant pride. Let us hope that he does not act like a king, as some presidents have, using executive order to lay his will down. Meanwhile, some Americans and non-American citizens alike may have to be spoon fed the rule of law because for too long many have been accustomed to having all of their selfish demands handed to them on silver platters. I pray that era is over, at least for awhile.
It was well worth the agony of the feet.