***I in no way intend to offend anyone by this post, I am sharing my observations and opinions of those observations only.***
I woke up this morning after staying awake until 1:30 AM, anxious to see who our new President of the United States would be; but didn’t realize that looking at my phone this morning would be the most upsetting thing I would do all day. But it’s not for the reason that any of you are thinking.
After checking the results of the election, I decided to sleepily scroll through Facebook for a few minutes before I actually got up and moving for the day. What I found completely tore me apart. No, it’s not because I disregard people’s opinions that were being shared – this country was founded on differences and is what makes this nation so different. While engaging in debates isn’t my thing at all, I do enjoy having thought-provoking conversations. My best friend Meghan and I don’t see eye to eye about everything, but we can still talk about our differences as respectful adults.
What I saw, and I’m sure many people saw on their social media feeds was not in any way respectful to anyone. I know some people are unhappy about the results, while others are celebrating, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to call people undeserved names or disregard the fact that AS AMERICANS, we are allowed to have differing opinions. That’s one thing that makes us American. I’m going to break down a few things that I saw today, both from personal friends and public headlines.
[***I’m going to preface this by saying, I am NOT pulling words from individuals, only things that I have seen across the board numerous times in various wording. If this happens to seem like something you said, or resembles the wording that you may have used – it is coincidental. I am not looking at anything while writing this.***]
• “I am disappointed to call myself an American today.” •
This absolutely breaks my heart. I understand that people are not happy about the results of the election, but if we’re being honest – there will ALWAYS be people unhappy with the results of the election. It happens every election, and while I know that this election was different than others, there will always be an upset following an election. That’s one of the great things about being an American; we’re given the privilege of choosing our leaders. Many countries do not, and do not have near the many opportunities that we, as Americans, have. Our military fought for our right to vote, and continues to protect this nation every single day. I come from a family with numerous relatives in the military, all the way from first-year coast guard to army generals. I also have so many friends in the military that I have known for years. I understand that the election is upsetting, and would have been regardless of the outcome for some or others; but hearing that you’re disappointed to be an American is like disregarding the fact that being American is so so much more than who our president is. Our military fights for our rights, for our nation, for our safety – both foreign and domestic – and should be enough for you to remain proud to be a part of this nation.
What makes me feel that this is a legitimate concern is how divided we have become as a nation in such a short time. The only way to accomplish anything is to be a united people. We are, after all, the United States of America. We are facing a huge division that is seen on social media. It is so sad and makes me wonder why we feel we can attack one another, friends, family, and colleagues. The things that I’ve seen being said are things that I hope no one would ever say to someone in person, so why is it okay to say it online? It is an insult to each person, as a human being, when you may not know the true reasons behind their support of one candidate versus the other. Saying something behind the mask of the computer, while it may seem that it is less hurtful, is not far off from actually saying it to someone in person. We should be celebrating our differences with one another, not condemning each other for them.
• Supporting the candidate that you voted for •
This was something that I felt I should talk about. As I mentioned before, everyone is entitled to their beliefs and opinions, and I think that it’s a great thing that we’re blessed to be able to do. I think that everyone should support the candidate that you voted for. I’m glad that people are still supportive of the candidate that they voted for, regardless of a win or lose, that’s the beauty of the election. That doesn’t mean, however, that you cannot support the person that was put into office by our fellow Americans. For many of us, myself included, this was our first election that we were able to vote in. Regardless of which candidate you marked on your ballot, the results have been released. If you think back to the first election that President Obama ran in, half the country was in uproar, half the country was celebrating – like every other election. The difference during that election is that even though people greatly disagreed with President Obama’s platform and how he decided to run the nation, the nation came together and supported him. That is something that we need to do in the present, and something that I feel has been overlooked, which leads me to my next point.
• Liberals are all ___• Conservatives are all ___ • Independents waisted a vote •
This is a huge generalization on my part, but I can’t and won’t list everything that I’ve seen today. This also relates back to my earlier point. We need to become the united people that we are meant to be. Our Pledge Allegiance says, “One nation, under God, INDIVISIBLE…” That word, indivisible, is something that we are not upholding at all right now. It is heart-wrenching to see families and friends spew such hateful words towards each other. Not to mention, everyone seems to assume if you favored one candidate over the other, then you agreed with everything that he/she said 100%. If you really think about that, it makes no sense. I have never in my life met one person that I agree with everything on. How, if you can’t even agree with your best friend, are you supposed to agree with a candidate on their platform? This also follows the similar idea that people should not be grouped into stereotypes. Just because a person voted for a candidate, does not mean that the people support every aspect of that person’s campaign or fall into that stereotype; the reality is, that campaign better aligns with their beliefs.
• “I am scared to go outside today.” •
This is so so sad. I have friends on BOTH ends of the spectrum who stayed home today because of fear of riots, being attacked, losing rights, and so much more. Not to mention, a lot of people are scared to even share their pride in voting. We should not have this fear, and should be able to trust that things aren’t going to change overnight.
I don’t want to continue on with this because I feel like I am beating a dead horse. The bottom line is, we are not acting as a united nation right now, and it is disappointing and sad. I am proud to be an American, and would be had the election swung the other direction as well. The tarnish on social media against one another needs to end, and we need to love one another again. We need to place our faith in the Lord, and unite as a nation. The only way this nation survives is when we are united.