Tuesday’s election made me realize that I live in a liberal bubble. I bragged about my diverse network last week, but, of all my friends and contacts, only one individual has expressed pleasure at the outcome of the elections. I’ve surrounded myself, both physically and virtually, with people just like myself. And that has left me out of touch with half of the country.

It boggles my mind that anyone would choose Trump, yet, as I compose this, 59,704,886 Americans have voted for him. I refuse to believe that one out of two American voters is a fearful, hateful person. I believe that people are basically good. And I believe that it is my civic duty to spend the next four years diversifying my relationships to better understand, and empathize with, those that hold opposing political views to my own.

After the 2020 election, I hope to count both “losers” and “winners” among my friends. But, most of all, I hope that I don’t see the two sides as disparate factions.

Enough with the politics and on to the clothes . . . I pulled out the Mickey and Minnie sweater for our Toastmasters “Disney Dreamin” themed meeting. We had Mickey Oreos, enjoyed hearing some Walt Disney history (courtesy of Beefy), and tried not to talk about the election (or attack the single Trump-supporter among us).

Sweater, Forever 21. Tunic, Wet Seal. Leggings, Allen B. Sunglasses, Target. Bag, Rebecca Minkoff. Boots, Style & Co (thrifted).

(Actually, this sweater is even more apropos considering that I can never decide whether Mickey and Minnie are hugging or choking each other.)

I do not intend to begin a political debate in the comments, but if you’d like to say something thoughtful and considerate, be my guest. I will not publish hateful or inflammatory comments.

Beefy made me wear this stupid hat to our meeting, but it earned me a $5 Starbucks card from the Toastmaster. Sometimes, looking stupid is worth the humiliation. ← And that’s my general philosophy on life.

November 8, 2016

Kasmira Kit


  1. Stacie Barton

    November 11, 2016

    I’ve been lurking on your blog for years, and as a Californian living in Kentucky, I was surprised, but not completely. I’m the lil blue dot in a sea of red, and if I could pack my bags and go back to California today, I’d be half way there! There’s something to be said for surrounding yourself with likeminded folks. I miss it!!

    And your outfits rock!

    • Kasmira Kit

      November 11, 2016

      Thanks, Stacie! I do love me some California.

    • Kasmira Kit

      November 14, 2016

      Sorry it took so long to get your comment posted! (It got held up somewhere.) I do love California!

  2. kats9lifes

    November 11, 2016

    These are the generalized sentiments I have heard from every Trump supporter:

    I do not think that Trump is the ideal man to be our president. He has said heinous and inappropriate things. However, I was more fearful of America under H. Clinton than I am of America under Trump. Because she supports many causes with which I disagree, I could not allow myself to vote for her.

    My guess is that everyone is wary of what the next four years will bring.

    • Kasmira Kit

      November 11, 2016

      Interesting. Thank you for sharing your perspective. I truly appreciate it.

  3. Beefy Muchacho

    November 11, 2016

    Well said, Kasmira. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how the election ended the way it did, and I think at the heart of it you are right. We have willingly allowed ourselves to live in echo chambers, and have forgotten how to find common ground with people with whom we disagree. There are no checks and balances within our own formation of opinions. Everyone just agrees, until you realize you’re surrounded by carbon copies of yourself.

    As for the outfit.. you KNOW I love it.

    • Kasmira Kit

      November 11, 2016

      LOL. Now let’s go hang out with a bunch of people we disagree with!

  4. Laurie

    November 11, 2016

    You’ve written exactly what I’ve been thinking: I’ve insulated myself, and because it’s so much easier and less troubling to get through a regular day, I’ve tended to tell myself that everyone I met probably felt like me on most issues. La la la, merrily I’d go about my day. Wow, what a wake-up call this election was! But like you, I don’t believe most people are hateful. In fact, I’ve been thinking the real problem starts with me and those who might have behaved like me. When I made assumptions about people’s politics for my own needs, I wasn’t treating them or their views with respect by getting to know them and also wasn’t letting them know me. A column by Fareed Zakaria that I read this morning said “the great sin of the modern left is elitism.” Ouch, the truth kind of stings.

    Now regarding fashion stuff, black and white combos are my favorites.

    • Kasmira Kit

      November 11, 2016

      I’ll have to check out the column. I’m glad to know I’m not alone in feeling this way.

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