Yo! How are you guys? Quick disclaimer…if you are particularly sensitive to political talk or own a Make America Great Again hat then this may not be the post for you. Moving on…
I generally try to stay away from discussing two things with people: politics and religion. I didn’t need that much life experience to know that there is no easier way to get kicked in the balls than to disagree with someone’s political or religious views. I have rarely run into someone able to discuss either objectively. Nonetheless, I found myself involved in such a conversation. The person I was talking to is someone that I have a lot of respect for, is beyond intelligent and I genuinely enjoy his company….but he voted for Trump. And yes, on purpose. When I first found that out, I will admit that I had no interest in get ting to know him further; the wound from his “win” was still fresh and I equated his supporters with Satan worshippers and or idiots. But that can’t be true, can it? To this day, this man is the only Trump supporter that I willfully engage with.
The thing about it is…I have always respected people’s rights to have opposing political views and I have maintained wonderful friendships with people who actually voted for John McCain (who ironically has been making some applaudable decisions as of late). My point is, never before has a person’s political view been a factor in wether I like them not. But this travesty of a presidency? It has been. It’s not about politics and opposing views. To me, it comes down to morality and how much you are willing to turn a blind eye too. In 2018, we are still facing inequality, racism, sexism and a host of other bullshit that you would have thought might have died down some. We have a sitting President that condones every single one of those behaviors and he does not do so discreetly. He does it out loud and in our faces. How can anyone who claims to oppose bigotry and hatred, support this man? I don’t care if Trump was handing out thousand dollar stimulus checks every third Friday; his lack of morality, his bigotry and his blatant disregard to this nation’s safety completely disqualifies him as even partially capable to run this country. And then there are people out there that say, “well at least you know the kind of person he is right from the off, he doesn’t hide it.” To this I always say, “If you invite a man to your dinner table and he calls you a n***** (or some other derogatory expletive), would he then be invited to the next barbecue?” Hell no, so why is the President not held to the same standard? Hell, why isn’t he held to any standard? What does that say about the person that willfully voted for him? How can you be upset when I question your personal ethical code or scoff when you tell me that the President’s views don’t mirror you own? Even if he was reigning supreme at this whole Presidency thing, at what cost?
How are we supposed to teach our kids that hard work and perseverance gets you on top when there is an unqualified orange laffy taffy currently occupying America’s highest and most powerful position? How do I explain the recent upsurge in racial tensions; all of which Trump either turns a blind eye to or publicly declares the perpetrators as “very fine people?” It kills me to think about the kind of future my kids will have or the kind of explanations I will inevitably have to dole out. When cops are told to ‘use more force,’ it makes me worry even more for my husband’s safety every time he sets foot behind the wheel.
So at the end of the day, yes…I am judging you if you voted for him. I am wondering, perhaps aloud, at the kind of conversations you have behind closed doors. I am wondering if you care about the pain his presidency is causing so many Americans. I know who I am and I am the type of woman who can’t stand by and willfully accept ignorance and the perpetuance of hatred all because my personal political agenda may be filled. I will never be that person. I will never turn my head in the face of ignorance; I will rise against it and fight it with every breath in my body. And I hope you will too.
Until next time, keep smiling.