I am disappointed in America. Not because of who we elected for president, but because of how we are responding to the result. Before you read any further, this post is not a political rant. This post was thoroughly thought through and prayed over and that is the only reason I'm sharing it, because I'm not one to post senseless ramblings about anything, not even football. This is from my heart.
I want to be clear from the start of this post, I did vote for Donald Trump on November 8th to become President of the United States. It was my first time voting in a presidential election and I promise you that the decision to cast that vote for him did not come easy and it was not cast simply because I am registered as a Republican. However, I am not here to tell you why I voted for Donald Trump or why I did not vote for Hillary Clinton. Everyone has a right to vote for whichever candidate they please and I completely respect that.
I do however want to outline for you some of the comments I received from people upon hearing that I voted/was voting for Mr. Trump:
"You don't have anything to worry about because you're white."
"Don't you respect yourself as a female?"
"So does that mean you're against Muslims, gays and blacks (etc)?"
"He's going to send me out of the country! Is that what you want?"
"Come on Kaycie, you're not that much of an idiot to vote for him."
These comments towards me and my right to choose who I wanted to vote for were all made by those who fear that their race, religion, or sexual orientation is now under fire because of the results of this election. The very same people who feel alienated and attacked by Mr. Trump or his supporters are turning around and alienating and attacking those who voted for him. I am tired of those who call for tolerance being so unwilling to tolerate the opinions of those who disagree with them.
My question is this: What good does any of this do?
What good do the riots that are taking place as I write this do? What good is found in the picket signs and arguments? What good does it do to brag all over the internet because the candidate that you supported won or attacking those who didn't support the same candidate as you? What good does it do to throw Trump's victory in the face of Hillary supporters? How do things like #notmypresident do any good for our nation?
How is this helping us?
The answer: it's not.
It's tearing us apart as a nation. WE ARE THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH. It is an amazing privilege to live in this country with the rights and freedoms that we have! How is reacting this way to our new president elect going to make us "better together"? Or was that only valid if Mrs. Clinton clinched the oval office?
The division and hatred in this country needs to come to an end.
I do have respect for myself as a woman. I do not hate gays. I do not hate Muslims. I do not hate blacks. (HELLO, have you seen my handsome dark chocolate soon-to-be husband???) I choose to LOVE everyone because yes, love does trump hate. HATE GETS US NO WHERE, but perfect love casts out all fear. I choose to love because Jesus loves. He loves me and He loves every single person in this world no matter what their race, age, sexual orientation, religion, social class or political status. Jesus loves Hillary Clinton. Jesus loves Donald Trump. Jesus loves me. And Jesus loves you.
It's time to break down our dividing walls, America. It's time to make America great again by becoming better TOGETHER. Their campaign slogans fit so nicely together because a UNITED America, an America that lays down our torches and pitchforks and comes together as one nation, is the only America that will thrive once again.
Whether you voted for Mr. Trump, Mrs. Clinton, or neither... it's time to accept the result of the election and move forward together, because at the end of the day, the votes are in and Donald Trump will be moving into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue come January.
In the words of Mrs. Clinton herself, “I count my blessings every single day that I am an American and I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength for our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. Because you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together."