*slow clap* ‘Murica 

The election is FINALLY over. I’ve kept my political opinions mostly off the blog during this mess, but now as we move forward I feel like I actually have a shareable opinion.

The short version is this:

The entire planet is angry at America right now. We’ve either done something extraordinary, or something really stupid. 

My more in depth feelings are much more complicated. I love each of my friends dearly, and understand their political choices. As some one who suffers from a mental illness in part due to surviving rape, and other sexual crimes I’m hurt. I’m confused, I’m a little bit scared, and I feel very much betrayed and abandon. Most of my immediate family voted for Trump. My family. Like all of the things I fight against daily, simply don’t matter.

I understand why they made their choice. I wouldn’t support Clinton either after the stunts she’s pulled and gotten away with. In reality both candidates were horrible choices, but Trump stands against nearly everything that I am. It’s not a matter of political views, it is literally who I am. I’m a woman, I’m a rape survivor who has PTSD. I’m tirelessly fighting for awareness on all of those issues everyday here. Literally. Every. Day. I had a snowball’s chance in hell to see justice for the crimes against me from the beginning, but now…? 

I will say my fears and struggles are difficult, but I can hide in Trumps America fairly easily. I’m white, and a married heterosexual. I can stop going to therapy and delete the blog, fading into the background. My LGBT friends and family, my interracial friends and family, my international friends and family don’t have that luxury. In fact, many of them will be targeted immediately based entirely on looks, the color of their skin, the way they present themselves, or their religion. 

I find it hard to believe that the family members who supported Trump didn’t understand that before they went to the polls. Apparently they along with the rest of the country didn’t understand that, or simply didn’t care. I’m hoping it was the first option. 

That being said, while the next four years are an uncertain time for the USA today the political ads and attacks are over. I will take that small reprieve, along with the upcoming holidays to celebrate the good things in life. When/if the bad things happen I’ll address them. I’m not going to let a cloud of anxiety destroy what little freedom and happiness I have left. 

6 thoughts on “*slow clap* ‘Murica 

  1. I truly believe that you’ll be surprised to find a lot of the things you are worried about won’t happen. As for why your family (and I) voted for Trump, well.. not so much me but a LOT of people are one issue voters. One might be a pro-lifer who wants to see unborns afforded the same right to life as anyone else. Another might still be broiling with anger over Benghazi. Still another looks at the Clinton family and sees the rot, the corruption that they want no more part of. Me, I’m all that and more.

    I know the general direction of where you’re coming from (won’t presume to say that without a major qualifier), and I respect your right to be concerned. But so many people have made Trump to be this huge ogre, and I don’t think he is. I think he has a real opportunity to do something great for this country. Of course, I thought Obama had that chance too, but was too busy playing political divide and conquer to accomplish anything of worth. Whether that will change with Trump is anyones guess.

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  2. Yeah, I get it. I really do understand why all of my friends and family voted the way they did. It did come down to a lot of one issue votes exactly like you said.

    That’s why I’m concerned, and what I tried to convey but it came out all convoluted with emotions lol. It’s scary that people can be so focused on one issue they say to hell with the rest. Especially when some of those other issues are so deeply personal to so many others.

    And they are. The issues I mentioned are so deeply personal it feels like a slap in the face, even though I know it wasn’t meant to be.

    I are complicated and emotions right now. Lol. My words aren’t cooperating with my feels again.

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