I walked into work yesterday and as usual, the large flat screen TV was on the back of the wall playing the news. On the screen there was footage of people protesting and marching, jumping on top of cars and bashing them with baseball bats, and civilians were burning flags. I felt a bit of sadness for the country they were showing that had so much civil unrest. Was it Syria, Iraq or possibly Pakistan? Whichever country it was I felt deeply saddened for them. I kept watching those streaming videos only to soon realize it was the AMERICAN flag that was up in flames, and it was American cities these events were happening in. To say I was baffled was an understatement. For people to protest so heavily and violently against our newly elected president who has not even been given a chance to lead our country is incredibly disheartening.
I am not oblivious to the fact that there are a number of hate crimes taking place in our country, I am well aware of it. However, I cannot seem to wrap my mind around the fact that people actually think violent protesting is an effective way to solve these issues. Truly, how is burning the flag that defines our freedom going to solve anything? It’s not. It is only adding fuel to the fire and encourages more division of our fellow citizens . Nothing will be accomplished by this except for offending a vast number of people, including our veterans who have given their life for that flag. The people committing hate crimes deserve to be punished, and I hope they get arrested, tried and convicted, but I do not believe this is our president elect’s fault.
I remember 4 years ago when Obama was re-elected and I also vaguely remember when he was elected the four years before that. Something I do NOT remember is
there being riots in the streets and people burning the American flag because they were upset with the outcome of the election. It is reprehensible the way people are acting, along with the way they are labeling the people who voted for Trump because their labels do not represent the majority.
I voted for Trump, not because I’m racist, homophobic, sexist, hateful or anything else I seem to be called these days. Not once in my life have I ever been any of those things and the fact that close friends who have known me for years have started clumping me into a horrendous stereotype simply because of who I voted for is sickening. I voted for Trump because of his economic plans, for a stronger foreign policy for our country (which we desperately need) and because I truly believe he has the skills to make our nation great. I followed this election very closely, and not once was I under the impression that Donald Trump was homophobic, sexist, or racist and believe me I have done my research. The media has done the american public a huge disservice by continuing to promote that image. Has he made unfavorable, insensitive remarks? Absolutely, but the same thing can be said for his opponent. Hillary Clinton is not without fault or character flaws. I would never judge my friends, co-workers or fellow Americans simply by who they voted for. I choose to see them as the people I have always known them to be, not a changed or different person because of the vote they cast in this past election.
I’m not going to put blinders on and pretend like there are not Trump supporters who may be many of the above things, but there are many in the Clinton camp who exhibit the same ideals and behavior and in no way, shape or form do they represent the vast majority of the people who voted for either candidate in this election. Saying that every single person who voted for Donald Trump is racist, homophobic, or sexist is like saying every single Muslim is a terrorist, which IS NOT TRUE. One of the greatest things about this country is the freedom of choice. Every one of us has the freedom to choose which path we want to take, which political candidates we want to support, which university we want to attend, which profession we want to pursue – the choices and options are endless and we can be thankful we live in a democratic county so that we have these freedoms afforded to us. Personally I would never think less of a friend or colleague who has different views or opinions than I do. Differences inspire discussion and discussion can inspire enlightenment and change. At this pivotal time we need to come together as a country and give our president elect a chance to do the job he was elected to do. To be the best possible President he can be. A President for ALL the people.