PRESIDENT TRUMP …

Well said. Let’s hope for a strong presidency that will end the divide and bring us together.

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In 2008, Oprah and Will Smith yelled and screamed and high-fived each other over how amazing the Obama presidency was going to be.

But then, we had a “beer summit” (that was odd). Then, a trillion dollar stimulus package …that turned into a deficit. Then a Tea Party. Then Occupy Wall Street. Then Ferguson, Baltimore, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando, Chattanooga, Benghazi and Dallas. Then came Obamacare. And ISIS rose up in the middle east.

Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Prince, David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard and Steve Jobs ALL died during the Obama presidency. Peyton Manning retired. American Idol got cancelled. Tornadoes still ravaged trailer parks in the mid west and hurricanes still chewed up beaches. Several people got eaten by sharks. Brad and Angelina broke up. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian procreated. Smart phones blew up in people’s pockets. We had, like, six hundred Country Music award shows…

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A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand

For some people, a Trump presidency felt like actual life and death. And with a full Republican sweep of the House, Senate, and Oval Office, that is a valid concern. A glowing endorsement from the KKK in the year 2016 makes this a valid concern. Allegations of rape make this a valid concern.

Please, by all means, be scared. I am scared with you. I don’t know what is going to happen. I have friends, family, and others that I love and care about that are going to be directly affected by this turn of events. I am scared for them. I am scared that I am going to be unable to protect them.

I try not to be political. I have a diverse group of family and friends with wildly differing opinions and ideas and beliefs. It’s helped who I’ve become today. I celebrate that, and how lucky I am to have met so many different people. It’s helped bring a degree of clarity to my worldview that you just cannot get from only associating with people in your immediate sphere of influence. However, I felt compelled to offer my two sense on what can only be considered the craziest night America has had in a very long time.

Like many Americans, I had a difficult time sleeping. I watched the results slowly pour in until a little after one, awoke around four having missed an anxious text message from a friend. People are scared, people are angry, and all in all, with good reason. People who aren’t even apart of our country are scared. This is the most frightening election we’ve had in some time.

It’s okay to be scared.

However, there’s a big difference between being scared and allowing fear to control you. And look, I get it. I’m not here being like “why is everyone afraid of the racist womanizing demon Cheeto”? I didn’t want him anymore than you did.

For some people, a Trump presidency felt like actual life and death. And with a full Republican sweep of the House, Senate, and Oval Office, that is a valid concern. A glowing endorsement from the KKK in the year 2016 makes this a valid concern. Allegations of rape make this a valid concern.

Please, by all means, be scared. I am scared with you. I don’t know what is going to happen. I have friends, family, and others that I love and care about that are going to be directly affected by this turn of events. I am scared for them. I am scared that I am going to be unable to protect them.

BUT. There’s being afraid, and letting fear dictate you. I’ve seen many different forms of fear in the past 12 hours. And I know I’m only going to see more. And the problem that lies with so much fear is the actions that people feel the need to take with that fear.

At first, it was the blame. Again, this is expected. When people are hurt and angry and scared, they need to know why a certain turn of events happened. However, throwing darts and hoping they hit their intended target is not the way to go about it. I saw every reason why Trump “must” have been elected, and I felt very few of those reasons were actually valid.

IF 3RD PARTY VOTERS HADN’T VOTED FOR 3RD PARTY, *MY* PARTY WOULD HAVE WON!

The problem with democracy, is that everyone gets a choice in who they think is the best candidate, for better or worse. For me, I knew Johnson wasn’t going to win. And yet, I literally could not stomach the thought of voting for Criminal #1 or Criminal #2. This does not mean I didn’t care. This did mean that I used my vote the same way everyone else did.

I’m seeing the argument over and over that “this wasn’t the time” to vote 3rd party. Unfortunately, this is the argument every four years. It actually was the perfect time to vote 3rd party, because the two parties have reached their absolute furthest points. A 3rd party vote didn’t mean I wanted to somehow damn the very people I loved; it was a vote to who I felt had the best chance of not driving the nail further into the country’s coffin. Blame those disenfranchised with the very two party system that failed you all you want, but individuals are not the problem here.

ONLY RACISTS VOTED FOR TRUMP, AND NOW AMERICA IS 100% RACIST!

Arguably, yes, I would say it’s a safe bet that many Americans did vote based on race. However, it does need to be taken with a grain of salt. After all, neither candidate was a real great choice. And we can point fingers all day long, but when it comes down to it, it’s about the American people’s insistence on keeping the two party system and the committees choosing the absolute worst representatives possible.

Yes, Clinton had the experience. However, you can’t look past the fact that her entire career has been dodging one scandal or another. And I don’t just mean the past month. I don’t mean this past election cycle. I don’t even mean within the past decade. It has been her entire career. Many people simply could not vote for her. That is a valid option; again, voting comes down to who each individual, for better or worse, thinks the best person for the job is.

It also comes down to the normal cycle of the two party system. For decades one party controls the White House for two terms, and then the keys are tossed across the aisle. This honestly was to be expected to a certain point. While I didn’t expect a full sweep, the presidency at least was an expected outcome as it is every eight years.

HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN?!?

Party politics. If you remember, many, if not most, Democrats had preferred Bernie Sanders. Bernie more than likely would have destroyed Trump. However, the DNC sent up Hillary anyways. If anyone is looking to cast blame, it should be at the DNC and RNC heads. They are the ones who chose the worst candidates to represent the country. And I know everyone has their reasons why that statement is incorrect, but it’s true. Those two represented the far edges of both sides; if you want to represent the most citizens, you need someone who is closer to the center. But for years, each side has been systematically pushing further and further away until we hit the point where the Oompa Loompa Overlord took on the Illuminati Lizard Woman.

So What Now?

Be afraid. Be very afraid. But don’t let that fear dictate your life. I’m already seeing people purging people from their lives over this. And again, they have a point; if you truly cared about me, how could you vote for that?

You can’t fight fear with fear. You can’t fight hate with hate. You can’t fight xenophobia by separating yourself from others with differing opinions and ideas, no matter how wrong they may be.

You fight fear and hate and bigotry not by shouting. Not by yelling. Not by name calling. You fight this not by separating and diving yourself and your community further. You fight this by changing hearts. You change the heart, you can change the mind.

This nation has been, and always will be, a beacon of hope. And that is because of the people who live here. But that’s only going to happen when we keep celebrating our differences instead of trying to argue who’s wrong all the time. Now, more than ever, we need to come together rather than push others away. And I know that’s a tough pill to swallow; I know many are afraid for their safety. I know many are hurt, many are actually crying right now because they feel they are going to be sent back to being a second, if not third, class citizen.

We need to come together. Don’t push people away right now. Grieve if you need to, but don’t shy away. Let those who don’t understand you see you for the human being that you are. All they may see is someone with a different religion or sexuality or ethnic background. People see a reason to be afraid, and they need to see that you and I are just people. We are just Americans.

We can get through this. But only if we don’t allow fear to tear us apart. Many attribute Ghandi saying “be the change you wish to see in the world”. This is sound advice; however, like many wonderful quotes, it isn’t accurate. What he *did* say was:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”

I believe no other country mirrors the world better than the USA. And we need to continue doing that. It might be harder now than ever to do so, but nothing in life worth doing is easy. Now is not the time to continue dividing ourselves but to try our best to love one another. Then, and only then, can we defeat hate, at home and abroad.

I don’t know what happens next. I don’t know where we go from here. But I do know that we get to choose the course of the ship. And you can’t do that without working together. You can’t jump into the ocean and hope to make it; please don’t let fear drive you away.