Alrighty, in light of the recent election results, I think it’s safe to say that many of us are unhappy. Neither of these politicians would have represented me well, and I refuse (and still refuse) to discuss who I decided to vote for. Because, frankly, it’s none of your business. I will never be an active advocate for either Clinton or Trump, and I will take that stance to my grave. Excuse my language, but they both suck, and I am extremely disappointed in my country for making me choose between these two individuals.
With that said, Trump won. Woop-de-doo. Cool.
We need to have a little chat, though. It’s time to stop with his slogan: “Make America Great Again”. When you quote this, you sound ignorant. And, yes, while it’s okay to be ignorant, it’s not okay to be closed-minded when people are constantly trying to tell you why this phrase annoys or even offends them. That, my friends, makes you a jerk.
Hear me out. When you say, “Make America Great Again”, what exactly are you referring to when you say again? We do have a great country, and we are constantly progressing (sometimes more slowly than other times). This is the greatest our country has ever been (despite the recent election) when it comes to civil rights. Even with maternity leave being questioned and the Black Lives Matter movement, the issues are finally being discussed, and I say that that is progress. I, myself, have changed the way that I have thought about several topics. There is definitely room for improvement, but at least we are slowly but surely taking progressive steps. So, yeah, I think our country is great.
But again? HAHA. NO.
We weren’t great when we depended on slave labor to survive, we weren’t great when we forced Native Americans off their lands and killed them in the process, we weren’t great when we treated our Vietnam soldiers like straight up crap once they returned from war, we weren’t great when women had to fight for the right to control their periods and thus unwanted pregnancies, we weren’t great when our federal debt maxed past $15 trillion (and is now roughly around $19.5 trillion), and we sure as hell were not great when we had to choose between a man that is the most hateful candidate our country may have ever seen versus a woman that really ought to be in prison right now.
So, no, America has never been great for everybody. People, movements, and (some…) laws have been great… but America as a whole? Oh, come on…
Therefore, we can’t make America great again. Just stop.
I’m not going to get into any other topics regarding this election right now simply because I’m sure you’ve seen it all over your FB feeds already. And, honestly, I just don’t have the energy to argue anymore. Because people are always going to argue. I know it’s impossible to see something and not argue it, so I’ve been trying to stay patient. It’s one thing to post something of your own and then it’s another thing to feel the need to start problems on other people’s stuff. But… Everybody is entitled to their own opinions…….. And I’m just going to stop there…
If you’re reading this and you’re gay, trans, a woman, an immigrant, etc… I’m here for you and I am (and will continue to be) an ally and a friend. You can count on me.
We can’t expect our nation’s leaders to change us. We have to change us. And it starts by looking into the values of the opposing sides and trying to understand why they feel so strongly for the reasons that they do. Be there for one another, despite your political affiliations, and let’s strive in unison to make America great.. er.
We determine our futures and our children’s futures. I think we sometimes forget just how young our nation truly is. We’re allowed to have hiccups here and there, but we aren’t allowed to just sit and cry when things don’t go our way. It’s our duty as Americans to fight for the rights and liberties that is supposed to come with this nation.
Democracy is a beautiful thing. Don’t forget it.
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