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COMMENTARY: After the Nov. 6 election, what then?

Just one more week of political hell – and then we simply have to deal with the consequences and move on. I’d love to see us move on in a world filled with love and compassion for one another; I’m just not sure the American people are programmed for those sorts of feelings.

Let’s face the facts – no matter who wins this election – prejudice, racism, homophobia, discrimination and bashing in all forms will continue to face those of us who are part of the “less-than” population.

A Barack Obama win will only push the haters to a higher level of hate. For what they see is wrong with America, they will blame the black man who has no right to be President, blame the gay community for wanting to live as free Americans, blame the Latinos for picking their fruit, cleaning their homes and caring for their babies. They will find no redeeming qualities in anything or anyone who isn’t one of “them” and do whatever they can to make sure that we all stay mired in the muck that is the Republican political agenda.

A Mitt Romney win will most certainly launch us back to the 1950s when women are kept in the home raising the children they are forced to have, and gays are kicked back into their closets where they most surely belong. Perhaps smoking will once again be chic and children will be seen and not heard. White men will rule (as they continue to do in the Republican Party) and our standing in the world will be laughable.

The simple truth is this. The people who hate those of us they like to call queer, are going to continue to hate us. No election is going to change their hearts and their minds. They will live a life filled with hate, anger, blame and bigotry. They will die believing they lived their life combating some sort of evil for the good of the world.

There is no way to fight this sort of ignorance. For it is this sort of ignorance that is born out of fear of what they don’t know or understand, and is nurtured through certain organized religions feeding on that fear with years and years of guilt about doing what the church says is right and good. It’s hard to fight this sort of brainwashing with the simple truth that we are all just human beings trying to make our way in the world.

So, how do we find a way to live with each other after all the bashing of the election? Nothing has changed except that now the spoken word is out there for all to see, and the mere fact that we all voted our hearts and our conscience is really of no consequence here. We still all live on the same planet, we all still breathe the same air and we will all still want the same things we wanted before the election.

I believe we must go and vote our collective conscience – vote for what is best for you, for your life, for your vision of what you want for this United States of America. And after the votes are counted – you must still live your life doing what is best for you, for your life, for your vision of what you want for this United States of America.

No matter what happens on Nov. 6, 2012 – you are still a child of the universe, your life is important and you are important.

Change doesn’t always come easily or quickly – but it will come. Never give up hope, and never settle for less than what is yours.

Barb Hamp Weicksel was born in 1952 in Pennsylvania and moved to California in the early 1980s, where she met her partner Susan. They've been together some 30 years and share the love of Susan's four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Her blog, Barb's Gift of Gab," can be found HERE.)