Originally, I wasn’t planning on participating in this year’s election. First of all, I didn’t keep track on any of the candidates’ campaigns so I didn’t want to falsely caste my vote; secondly, this presidential race was a laughable one due to the fact that Trump was actually running; and thirdly, there’s no way in hell that the American people would allow an unqualified candidate become the leader of our nation right?
The days counting down to November 8th freaked me out a bit as I started noticing Trump and Pence’s signs outside of people’s homes. I think it was the first time that I had realized we are all not on the same page.
As a result of the election, it clearly demonstrated how divided our country is. Just to be clear, I am in no way patriotic, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t feel the overwhelming fear that so many anti-Trump supporters have felt that day or continue to feel. It’s daunting to know that our neighbors, colleagues, friends and/or family had placed an inexperienced candidate, who used “hate” as the basis of his political platform, in the White House.
But, I am not here to go on a rant about that because, at this point, we can only hope that Trump will not burn this nation into the ground. What I do want to discuss are the people who didn’t have any opinion on the matter. To me that’s worst than not voting, and not voting is worst than the people who actually voted for Trump. If you are an educated, privileged citizen of the United States of America, you should care about what is going on around you, and exercise your rights as an American. As a reminder, “silence is also an answer.” You have the opportunity to use your voice where others less fortunate than you do not. You have the power to change lives no matter how big or small.
As an American, I strongly believe that’s what I owe to this country. People have fought for my rights, so to avoid stomping on their efforts, I try to be politically aware of what’s going on around me (as much as possible) and participate in it as much as I can.
Why do I feel so strongly about this? After my dad had passed away, my family and I had hit a financial rough patch, where we needed government assistance. Regardless of the corruption behind the government, which I am not naive and ignorant of, the U.S. government has helped my family and I stay afloat when we most needed it. Although my family and I no longer accept government assistance, there are still others who do (speaking only to those who actually need it, and not the ones who cheat the system). Other than welfare, there are other issues that requires your participation, such as healthcare and education.
This election reminded me that I have a greater purpose than just trekking along with whatever is going on in my personal life. As an educated young woman with a decent job, I know my voice can be heard if I scream loud enough. So, I am proud to say that I did end up getting my ass to the polls for this year’s election, and submitted my vote for Hillary Clinton. Even though America is not ready for our first female president just yet, Hillary has left cracks in this ceiling for the next female presidential candidate to shatter.
To all you who are not politically aware of what’s going on around you, I highly encourage you to start. Because, regardless if it affects you or not (which it does by the way), other people’s lives depend on it.
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