What now?

(by JD Jung)

flagI apologize for the lack of activity on UnderratedReads, but I have been preoccupied with the depressing results of the recent U.S. Presidential election.  Actually, I have been in a daze, feeling powerless to fight what I know is evil and wrong.

Chock it up to my naiveté, but I’m shocked by all the hatred and prejudice that has been brewing in this country. Donald Trump stirred up these feelings and legitimized them. Let’s blame a certain group of people for our problems, instead of searching for real causes and effective solutions.  Half of the voters bought into this and it both angers and saddens me.

What infuriates me is how voters excuse his misogynistic and bigoted words and the actions that have supported them. Many supporters say that doesn’t represent the real Donald, but as Maya Angelou put it,   “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

I won’t go into the testimonies of contractors and former students of Trump University. You’ve heard it all. You are also aware that he is the only presidential candidate in recent times who refused to release his federal tax returns .

Yes, our country needs to heal but I applaud the protestors who refuse to just sit down and accept this new vision for our country.

Personally, my healing process will include searching for “underrated” reads that express my frustration but also provide a ray of hope for a brighter future.

Don’t worry; we will still be reviewing books from all adult genres, just like before.  I appreciate that our readers and reviewers are from all over the world.

Stay tuned for more reviews covering world literature, mysteries, non-fiction, satire and so much more.  In the meantime, please take another look at Julissa Arce’s  My (Underground) American Dream.

I would also love to hear your thoughts. Let’s keep the lines of communication open…always.


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10 Responses to What now?

  1. janetsm says:

    Here it is, three months after the election, and I am still in denial. I’m outraged over so many things — and now they’re going to demonize Senator Elizabeth Warren just like they demonized Secretary Hillary Clinton. Disgusting and frightening!

  2. This has weighed heavy for days now. I believe something the New York Times said – namely that Hillary wanted the presidency, but she didn’t want to run. Trump wanted to run, but he didn’t really want the presidency.
    That still leaves us in a ‘what to do’ situation.
    I say protest loud and long. Let him know he has no mandate. And work on getting rid of the electoral college.

  3. Lauretta says:

    A few weeks before the election, I saw a young Muslim woman in the market. I felt drawn to her I approached her, saying to not believe all this hatred. She smiled and said that I made her day. Now, after the election, I wonder how she feels.

    • J D Jung says:

      I hear that many immigrants and non-Christians are scared. It is great that you opened up to her. That’s what we all need to do-communicate with one another, especially those of other cultures.

  4. Lynn Kenney says:

    There are so many things wrong about this election that it’s difficult to pinpoint one: the misogyny, the racism, the xenophobia, the adulation of ‘business acumen’ as if it is some sort of panacea. I too, am encouraged by the protesters and by the fact that Hillary won the popular vote by nearly one million votes. So maybe we’re not lost. The next four years will be tough but perhaps we can become again the country that elected Barak Obama TWICE. Somehow, the Democratic party — and the sane Republicans — need to figure out how to entice and encourage those Trump voters to see our connections instead of our differences.

    I hope that in four years we will come to our senses and elect people who actually represent the majority of the American people and our interests. Until then, I’m going to get some sleep aids to avoid the nightmares.

  5. J D Jung says:

    Thank you. We’re all in it together. This will affect the entire world!

  6. Cathy Carey says:

    Well said. As Robert DeNiro said, I feel like I did right after 9/11. So much HATRED thrown in our faces cultivated by tabloid journalists with no regard for the TRUTH! This just validated to the extremists EVERYWHERE foreign and domestic that HATE RULES. We have every right to be scared because we no longer will have the same peace we enjoyed during the past 8 years. I am sickened by this.

  7. Jeyran says:

    The feelings you have are just. I am here for you if you need anything.

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