The 2016 Presidential Election

I’m not sure where to even begin. As I write these words I feel immensely ashamed that man as horrible as Donald Trump is the next president elect. I feel immense pain for the people that his words and actions have harmed. I feel disgusted that America could and did elect such spiteful human being to represent our country.

In electing Donald Trump, America has set itself back by about fifty or sixty years. People claim we are a country of freedom, and for the most part we are, but we are also a country with a deep racial divide perpetrated by insensitivity and ignorance. We are a country that, for the last year or so, has seen racists and bigots and homophobes come crawling out of the wood work en masse. We are a country that has lost its way and has no idea where to go. Donald Trump is change, yes, but he is not the change this country needs. Whatever your opinions about President Obama are, whether or not you believed in his tenure as POTUS, you cannot deny he was kind and considerate. There was love to be felt. Trump and Mike Pence threaten to undo all of that and then some.

You might have different opinions on this than I do; some of you may very well have voted for Trump, and I suppose I can respect that. We live in a free country and you are free to vote for whom you believe will run our country the best. What pains me, what I cannot respect (while still respecting your right to free choice) is voting for a man with so much hatred in his heart.

The next four years are going to be tough, and as citizens of the United States we owe it to ourselves not to let Donald Trump and Mike Pence ruin what kindness, love, compassion, and freedom still remain in our nation. Who are we to decide what women can or can’t do with their bodies? Who are we to decide whether or not someone is allowed to marry the person they love? Who are we to decide that people of a darker complexion or those who have different religious beliefs are not American?

Be kind. Be thoughtful. Be human.