But first things first -- I will in no way engage in a political debate. Throughout this campaign season I have kept my personal views and beliefs off social media for a reason. Only those who are closest to me know my political standings and it will remain that way. For the purpose of this post I will only say this: I identify myself as a social liberal and an economic conservative. Take what you will of that statement and leave the rest at the door.
Political viewpoints aside, what I really want to talk about is the effect this election has had on us as people.
America is a young country. We often forget that because of the world power America has become in these past couple of centuries, but the truth remains that we are infants in comparison to other nations in this world. As we are in our youth, we must realize how much we are watched and how our actions are scrutinized. While we might not like or approve of the man who has been selected as our commander and chief, we should still show respect for the office he is expected to uphold. We have a government set with countless checks and balances. This, now more than ever, is extremely important to remember. Our voices were heard in our votes Tuesday night, and our voices as a nation can still be heard if our president-elect steps out of line. He is a public servant now. He serves the American people.
And for those who believe that Trump's win means we return to a pre-civil rights era, I ask, what supposedly makes white skin better than black, brown, or yellow? We're all human the last time I checked. We all love and desire to be loved. We work, we play, we live and breathe. We all have goals and ambitions. We all bleed and die. So why hate that which is different from yourself? We should embrace our differences. Cherish humanity. At least that's how I see it. We have worked too hard and come too far to allow those who refuse to see the truth of humanity to set us back. We have a voice!
Words hurt, people. You might be upset because someone doesn't view certain issues the same as you, but that doesn't mean you should sever relationships simply because someone voted for Trump or Clinton. Love is what matters. How we treat each other is all that matters. What makes our friendships so valuable is our differences. If talking politics is a touchy subject, don't do it. If someone you care about is blasting social media with political ideas you disagree with, avoid them. But don't unfriend someone you care about or cut them out of your life simply because they don't see eye to eye with you. If we continue on that path then no one wins.
Okay, I've made my one and only statement about this campaign season. Whether you voted Trump or Clinton matters not to me. All I care about is you see the damage you can cause by hurting one another. All of us matter right now. We ALL need each other in this hour of uncertainty. We must stand up and bind together as a unified nation no matter where our party loyalties lie. We are Americans! So raise our voices high in love and harmony and remind yourself and the world what being an American means. (And yes, I get that sounds like some hippie bullshit, but really, they did have a valid point).
Alrighty, folks. Until next week...
Love you all!