Today is a day that is tugging at everyone’s heart in different way, whether you feel joy, or are terrified about our incoming administration, it would be foolish not to think that this election has been one of the most controversial and tough elections in modern history.
As a human being I cannot (and will not) devalue your feelings, or tear you down for feeling how you do about our new President. I will not shame you, I will not attack you, I will not stop you from cheering him on, or fighting against him.
And I expect nothing less from you for me.
I’ve debated with myself about sharing my feelings with everyone, I’ve told myself to stay silent, to not post something like this, to not shoot myself in the foot. But then I realized something. I never want my children to look at me and remember how I silently fought for what I believe in, how I was for choice, freedom, and equality, but I only silently cheered it on.
This is something that is polar opposite of what I normally post here, but with all of the hate, anger, and fighting that has been going on the past year and a half (and will continue until the end of time), I wanted to share my thoughts with whomever chooses to keep reading.
Whether you agree or disagree with me, choose respect over mudslinging, choose discussion over fighting, choose to listen instead of ignoring, choose to understand instead of hating.
But if you must, if the difference of opinion between you and me is too much to bear, then move along. Continue on to the next blog you enjoy, continue on to reading opinions that you agree with. But I encourage you to listen. I encourage you to not defriend your Facebook friends that disagree with you, I encourage you to actively participate in discussion about moral, political, and other views. I encourage you to try to understand others.
If we refuse to understand and listen, we will only deepen the divide that has been building.
Today, on January 20th, 2016, I do not feel joy, I feel worry, and fear, and anxiety.
I feel worried about how/if I will have healthcare coverage. I fear for my husband, who serves in the military, on where this next administration may send him or ask him to do. I fear for my LGBTQ friends and how they will be treated. I fear for my fellow women, afraid that they won’t have access to preventative reproductive care, or the option of choice. I fear for our Constitution, for many views that have been expressed by different leader have challenged our rights written in it. I fear for my taxes going towards a wall that I don’t want, and that I don’t believe we need. I fear for public school teachers, whom will not have the respect or support of the incoming Secretary of Education. I fear for each person affected by each department in our administration, because I do not believe the choices made on whom will run them are the right ones.
The most important thing we can all do, regardless of our views, is stand up for what we believe, to fight for what we believe is right, and, just as importantly, listen to understand one another.
I do not agree with many people I personally know, I know I do not agree with many of you whom are reading this, but I will never stop you from fighting for justice, for political reform, or even for standing up WITH our new administration if you agree with their views.
I will not falter on this, and I hope, that of all things, this is something that we can all agree on. That from now and going forward we will encourage and support one another to fight for what we believe is right, that we will fight for the Constitution, that we will work to understand one another.
We, as Americans, have to exercise our rights. We have to show our government that they are made by us, for us. We have every given right to protest, or support, them in their decisions.
My children will know these things about me: I was not silent. I was not ashamed to speak my mind. I was not fearful to say how I feel or what I believe. I did not suppress others who felt differently. I lifted up others who were trying to exercise their rights. I was respectful and understanding of others. I was an American who fought for an America I believed in and wanted for them.
I hope your children can say the same for you.
Thank you all who have read this and possibly even shared it. Thank you to those who disagree with my views but can now understand where I, and many others, are coming from. Thank you to those who remain respectful and understanding of how I feel, and hopefully will carry this respect towards others who may feel the same. And lastly, thank you for understanding that this blog that I’ve loved and worked hard on for years, is legally my property that I can and will choose to run the way I feel is best.
*As always, keep comments respectful, while you can disagree with me all day, any rude or belittling comments (to me or any other commenters) will be deleted. There is always a way to disagree with respect and dignity, this is your time to practice that.On the Next Four Years