Thursday, November 10, 2016
Caution: Political Content!
I feel kind of bad that I haven't posted in a while and that when I finally do it's POLITICS OF ALL STINKING THINGS!!! Seriously I really really dislike talking about politics. I'm going to post this outfront as a disclaimer because I truly love you all and hate the fact that I'm about to post my opinion which many many people disagree with (trust me, I know some people think it's awful). I hope that you will just remember that I avoid talking about these things because they are controversial and I dearly despise controversy, but that I want to shed a little light on my perspective on current events in the hope that it might help in some way, somewhere, at some time, some person. Plus it helps me. And in case I didn't make this clear, I understand that my opinion is unpopular in many circles. I also understand that it's what I believe, and what people believe is valuable, even if only to them. So here goes, an excerpt (actually the whole post) that I dared to plague my Facebook friends with. Yes, it's long. I promise it's worth it at the end. And at least you don't have to read it on Facebook. :)
Please feel free to react accordingly while bearing in mind that we all have our own perspectives AND feelings. After all, I did try to warn you at the very very beginning of this post. :)
P.S. If I survive this, I promise to post my Halloween pictures (which I think are among my best ones yet) within the next week.
As much as I have tried to avoid going political here in the midst of everyone else going politically crazy (on both sides), it's hard to stay quiet when people act as if the country is A) ending, or B) going in a great direction. So even if you think you won't agree with me, I ask that you give me a chance to offer my perspective (particularly if you haven't hesitated to give me yours). Even if you have to skip to the end because everything else is totally not your opinion.:) If you think this is too long and won't read it, please, skip to the end. Also please remember you wouldn't go crazy against Snow White, and I am smiling my nicest smile in that picture.
1. We have a new incoming president who has not been afraid to voice his opinions. He has consequently acquired himself the title of "racist", particularly after he has made some unfounded comments that generalized various groups of people (speaking of his comments about Mexicans especially). I believe those comments were in extremely ill taste and were inappropriate for a leader of a nation which has been founded on the principle of immigration (look at the Pilgrims- they weren't born here) and cultural heritage. It is easy for us to point at Trump and say, "Look at the racism you are causing now", but let's be honest. We've had race problems even with an African American president at the helm. Things have been particularly bad these last couple of years . The problem is not solely headed toward Washington; it's already here, in our cities. Don't blame Trump for the injustices of others. Blame him for not addressing it appropriately. Then we will work together to eliminate it no matter how long it takes.
2. We have a new incoming president who is opposed to abortion, and this has taken feminists by storm. The nation is now headed toward doom and gloom because he doesn't support ending the term of a fetus who has yet to be born. I can't even begin to express my frustration over reactions to this issue, and I will tell you that my vote was painful because someone I trust very little supported an issue that I feel strongly about that the other candidate didn't. Even a person who survives racism daily is better off than a person who doesn't survive at all (it's a terribly simplistic way of putting it, but I feel that it is based on reality. And though I do not face racism daily, I have experienced it as well as have been judged because of other traits. My point remains.) If you have enough responsibility to do the act that creates the baby, you have enough responsibility to love and take care of the consequence for the rest of your life. As women, we have a special job in this world. It is to bring new humans to this life, humans that can make a world of difference. Don't take that lightly. To say "it's my body, I can do what I want" is wrong. Morally and realistically. It's the child's body, and it does not yet have a voice to defend itself. Must a child advocate for its life to its own mother? Prisoners on death row have more rights than that. Mr. Trump's presidency is bittersweet, and one of the only sweet aspects (in my opinion) is that new humans will finally have a chance at life.
3. Mr. Trump is known as "homophobic". Please remember that there are two views on this issue, be they opposite. To disagree with homosexualism and support the traditional family is NOT being homophobic, nor is it being hateful (this is not taking into account any actually terrible things he may have said about people- I haven't followed everything). It's having a different opinion. In my case, I base that opinion upon the Bible, and if you disagree with the Bible, then that is not going to be your only issue with me/others who feel similarly.
4. Many people think we will not be okay (to be honest, I thought we wouldn't be okay with President Obama. We survived.) Maybe we will attract more threats from our enemies these next years, maybe we will tear ourselves apart. But rest assured, this will not be the worst presidency our nation has seen, nor will we be unprepared for whatever Mr. Trump throws at us. Our forefathers have designed a system with failsafes built in in the event that, no matter what happens, a tyrant will not destroy our country. Such failsafes are found in the checks-and-balances system. It is such a powerful move that happened in the rocky birth of a new country, and such foresight that they had to think to protect the future of America in this manner. We are truly blessed by the government that we have (and as crazy as that sounds, it is the truth). Will we still be concerned about what might come out of the woodwork? Of course. Will we make it through? A ridiculous question. We have, and always will, survive.
I know I have not taken into account everything that factors into the support/opposition of our future president, but that would be egregiously long of a post (moreso than its current length). And while it may seem as if I support the future administration, the reality is that I was terribly disappointed with either candidate. I'm simply trying to make do in the best way I know how.
In the words of President Obama, Mr. Trump is uniquely unqualified for the presidency. He doesn't deserve it. But neither does anyone else. We have built a country for ourselves out of sacrifice, undying love, unbelievable perseverance, and the hard work of every citizen who came here seeking new life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Something like this is not simply given to one person as a responsibility for four years. We have a duty to our nation as its people to support it, for better or worse, through injustice and prosperity, and always work for a better tomorrow. One person cannot do it alone nor will do it alone.
So no matter how much you love or despise Donald Trump (I refrain from using the word "hate", after all, isn't that what we want to avoid?) he will be your president. #notmypresident is simply as untrue as it is useless. We need to take the hand that has been dealt us with grace and dignity, no matter how hard that may be, because we ARE Americans. The world may make a laughingstock out of us, but we will make lemonade and still have a high GDP. And we will be the best country in the world because that is our heritage AND our future, if the people choose to make it such. It takes a nation united. And we're the right nation to do it, regardless of the leader.
Even if you disagree with everything I have said here, that is at least something we can all agree on.
In short, sorry Canada. I love you, but my loyalty is with my country and my people.
(Now back to regular scheduled programming)
If you read this entire post, congratulations! In honor of the American people and the democratic process, I offer you a free patriotic print redeemable through firstname.lastname@example.org (just let me know you saw this post and I will respond within 3 business days with your prize). If you are not American but just like free prints, thank you. I love you too. (the print will, unfortunately, still be U.S.A.-related). <3
Extra xoxoxoxoxoxo tonight,
Semper Fi, America.
In God We Trust.