Before I start, I do not claim to know that much about politics. Admittedly, I should put in the effort to learn more but I haven’t ever made the time to learn. Secondly, this is not meant to come across as a bash to President Trump or to Hillary Clinton or to anyone who supports/supported either party.
With that said, I did vote last November and just like the rest of the world, I have an opinion about the results. This isn’t a post about how “I didn’t get what I wanted” or anything like that. This is a post about how society is treating each other and what I have observed since November 8, 2016 when President Trump won the American people’s vote.
I have some thoughts I would like to share. Please feel free to call me out on anything that seems unfair, ignorant, or factually incorrect. Just please remember, we are all human beings behind these screens.
To start, let us consider what would have happened had Hillary Clinton won the election. Do you think that would have caused as much of an uproar as President Trump winning? I can see where the younger generation would say that it would not have had such an impact on the country. We, as a whole, would not feel like we would have to be scared that our rights were going to be infringed upon. Being a straight, white female, I really don’t have the best perspective to understand exactly how scared some people are; I understand that. However, had Clinton won, I don’t think the uproar from the younger generation would have occurred.
Take the flip side of that though, anyone above the age of 45 (according to http://www.cnn.com/election/results/president) would probably have been in an uproar. The difference between the older generation, my parents generation, and my generation is simply that they haven’t always had everything handed to them on a silver platter. This wasn’t their first time voting like it was for so many of us in the younger generation. Plus, they have had to deal with their fair share of president’s they did or did not particularly like. Along with this, they also just have more life experience than us. It’s possible they would have protested. The fact of the matter is we don’t know what would have happened and it doesn’t matter what could have happened BECAUSE it didn’t happen. We now have to live with the choices America has made.
To set the record straight, I’m not saying that this election didn’t matter to the older generations like it did to the younger generation. I think this election has made history for many reasons with one reason being because it mattered so much to everyone around the world. Regardless, let us move on.
One thing that I do not like about how America has acted since even before election day is how we are treating each other as citizens. I understand that a lot of people are scared because they feel like their rights will be taken away, but I don’t understand why that fear translates into aggression towards others. America was not built on the premises that if we do not get our way we will throw a hissy fit and start bullying others. America was built on the right to freedom of speech. Admittedly, I am oversimplifying things, but the concept still remains.
Having freedom of speech means EVERYONE is allowed to have an opinion. You do not have to like everyone else’s opinion but that doesn’t make it right for you to shove your opinion down someone else’s throat until they accept it. That only spreads negativity and hatred. In a world that is already filled with these things, why would we ever think that adding to that pile of crap is necessary?
During the election season, one of President Trump’s promises was that he would build a wall to keep illegal immigrants out of our country. Little did he know, everyone would stop trying to come to the country once he was elected.
To shed a different light on this subject, I would argue that he is already building walls in America itself. These walls may not keep illegal immigrants out of our country, but they do segregate the citizens within it. For instance, think about the separation between Trump supporter’s and those against Trump. The two often want nothing to do with each other and are very vocal about it. In our Pledge of Allegiance we say “One Nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Many of us had to recite this daily as we were growing up in school. When did we forget that we are supposed to be unified instead of growing apart because someone doesn’t think the same way we do? I thought our unique minds were one of the best qualities about human kind.
Finally, I want to think about one final statement and that is President Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again”. To most, this seems like a huge joke considering how much bigotry and prejudice he held within his campaign alone. I don’t want to look at his promises of how he would do this, I want to look at it in a messed up psychological way. This may be a bit of a stretch, and perhaps a little too early for some to hear this, but please hear me out.
Imagine President Trump’s plan is to actually make as many people angry with him as possible. So far, he is doing a pretty good job of it. Think about who is in that group. There is women, the LGBT+ community, Muslims, refugees, and many more. According to a few websites I have looked at Trump only openly supports Christian, white men. I’m not claiming any of the information I gather from the websites is accurate considering this is the internet, but for the sake of this example I am keeping that fact. If everyone in the angry group comes together to actively change America; whether we think that is through stopping abortion, having equal rights for all, or something even more grand than those topics, we could do it.
We may be a group of minorities, but when you put us all together we are the majority and our voices can be heard around the world. From a social perspective, the Christian males won’t hold out long before they are joining our side anyway. Everyone hates to feel like they are going against the grain. I don’t care how much you think you like to be unique and different; there is a fine line between being uniquely you within a group and being the one who wore pajamas to the business Christmas party. Although the Christian males would still be their own group, they would be greatly outnumbered and look ridiculous placed next to everyone else.
Regardless if it ends up being America vs. Trump or American minorities vs. Trump; the sheer numbers the American minorities bring outnumbers the privileged white. Can you imagine how much of a difference we could make if we were unified and fighting for the same thing at the same time? I realize this sounds unrealistically optimistic, but the truth of the matter is, change starts with you. From there, it grows into a team working together to gather more people that are willing to help make a positive change in the world. Do you see how diabolical and genius this plan could be? Trump really could make America great again, just not in a way he ever imagined to tell us.
After all of the hate and violence that has been happening just between election day and now, we need to come together and support each other. That means not hating on the Trump supporters by hearing them out and agreeing to disagree on our politics. After everything America has gone through, we can’t allow differences in political parties to be the thing that breaks us apart.
One final thing to say. I’m only a 19-year-old white female. I am only one voice in a sea of millions. I will never be able to make a difference in this world without the help of anyone and everyone. Together, we can make our voices heard. We can’t just sit back and wait for the change to magically happen, we have to work for it.
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Until next time,