I am deeply saddened today.
I don’t really know where to start. I feel a sense of numbness and disbelief. I am embarrassed that this election got so down and dirty, and I am embarrassed that we are a country so divided when we should be the opposite.
I decided not to post a normal FitKat post today, because it just doesn’t feel right…I feel like I need to talk about last night, about where we are as a country and hopefully work through it enough to start feeling something again.
** First off, I am not going to resort to hate, because that’s not who I am and that is NOT what I believe in. I am upset and at times have felt downright mad…but I know that anger is not the answer, so I choose to take the high road and think about the future and what we need to do now. So if you feel the need to respond with hatred, stop right here and take it somewhere else, because anyone who stoops that low is the problem, the huge problem. **
I voted for Hillary Clinton. If you follow me on social media, you probably already know this. I never bashed on Trump or his supports, I just simply stated who I voted for and said that I believe she will take our country forward instead of backward…and I said this because it is what I truly believe. I didn’t vote for her because I am a woman, uneducated, a “typical liberal celebrity” or because I am brainwashed by the media. I voted for her because I believed she was the best choice to lead our country. Period.
Obviously, almost half of our country thinks otherwise….and that is OK too….people are allowed to form their own opinions and VOTE for who they believe will be the best leader. That is what is so great about America- we have such a great privilege that so many people around the world don’t have, and exercising that right is fundamentally important as an American citizen. So to all who voted: Thank You for taking full advantage of our great democracy.
The amount of backlash and hatred I received for sharing that I exercised my right to vote for the candidate I believed in was truly shocking and unnerving. Trump supporters came at me to shame me for my decision saying things like I am a waste of a vote, I am uneducated…and worse…..and most of them were men. Men coming to my social media pages to write insulting things simply because they didn’t agree with my vote. Simply because we believe in different things. Some women too, but mostly men. Some Trump supports came on peacefully and commented to me in a very rational manner that I respect…but…they were few and far between.
And it wasn’t just to me- I saw this everywhere. And it is not only disgusting, but terrifyingly sad. I feel sad for people like that and I feel sad that so many of them think that this behavior is OK. It is not OK. Trolling people and shaming them because of their different views is hateful and not right. It is never right and it is never OK. I’m sure there were some Hillary supporters doing the same thing out there (I didn’t personally see it, but I believe it’s possible). This election brought out so many feelings in people, on a different level than I was expecting.
Trump tapped into a huge group of people who want change. Change in government, change for the average working man everywhere. Change can be good. And if Trump is able to bring life back to the middle class, that is nothing but a good thing.
But he also tapped into the racist, sexist, dangerous feelings that still live on strong in our country. Feelings I didn’t think we would ever revert back to. We have worked so hard to achieve equality and acceptance and we currently live in a country that is more accepting and progressive than ever before…and that is now at risk. And that is what I am afraid of.
I hope for the best. I hope that he will stay away from the crazy talk and I hope that he will get help from the rest of the government to make good decisions for this country. For everyone. Hillary Clinton said that we need to give him the chance, and I will. I’m not happy about it, but I will.
This is what we have to do for the next 4 years: work together, stand up for our beliefs, and stay active and informed as a whole country. Now is not the time to run away, to “move to Canada”….no, that is the easy way out. Our country spoke and now we have to deal with the outcome the best way we can. Together. Fighting for what is right.