This past week has been emotionally trying for both of us, and for so many of our close friends, family members, coworkers and neighbors. To say we aren't pleased that the new President-elect is Donald Trump is an understatement... but slowly, we are trying to accept this fact. Will we ever understand it? I'm not sure.
Here's the thing we do understand: Life is about to change. How much it will change, we aren't sure. But the policies expected to be put in place by Trump and his administration are policies we vehemently oppose, from banning certain groups of people from our country, to the coming war on unions (the Republican platform seeks to gut my beloved labor movement by passing national Right to Work laws) to changes to environmental law. (If you haven't heard by now, Trump is expected to appoint a leading climate change denier to head the EPA). (There are, of course, so many more, but I'm trying to keep this post focused on the car).
The future is unpredictable. Obviously. We don't know what's going to happen to the stock market and, given the right's extreme opposition to unions, it's possible that Trump's presidency will put my day job in jeopardy. Given these factors, and after much discussion, we decided it was better to buy a new vehicle sooner rather than later.
As for the car itself, we'd been considering a Prius from the start. Well, let me rephrase that. Cliff had been considering a Prius from the start. I take public transportation to my day job, but Cliff doesn't have that luxury--he has to drive to get to his. The benefits of the Prius were immediately appealing to him. It took a lot of research, conversations with other Prius owners and yes, this election, to win me over.
Here's why: This is the first non union-made car I have ever owned. Call me old school, but when you're raised in a strong union family like I was, you're taught to support your union brothers and sisters. Straying from that was extremely difficult for me. Unfortunately, I feel like the election made the decision for me. If Trump and his administration do what they say they're going to do -- which is basically open the door to destroying the environment -- I don't want any part of it. Buying the most enivornmentally friendly and maintenance-free car we could find became a no-brainer.