Wednesday, November 9, 2016


So, the election happened...

Not trying to get too political on here, but there are some things I felt I needed to write about the election. These are completely my opinions, take it or leave it, but please be respectful of that. 

I am a liberal, I am a democrat. I voted for Hillary because I felt she was the most qualified and the best for the job. That being said, I fully accept the results of this election and accept Trump as the president-elect. I don't agree with the "not my president" protests that are ongoing at colleges throughout the nation. The way to move forward productively is not through divisive actions that threaten the legitimacy of the election day results. Actions like that not only separate the nation at a time when unity is so important, but also threaten the core of democracy. 

Trump won through the electoral college even though Hillary had more of the popular vote. That doesn't make his victory any less legitimate, if you look back in history, the same thing happened in 2000 when Bush beat Gore. On social media I've seen a lot of third party vote shaming. This is one of the ones that gets me fired up the most. There is absolutely nothing wrong with voting third party and that cannot be blamed for Hillary's loss. So many people have legitimate reasons for voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson whether it's based on policy or the fact that had either the Green Party or Libertarian gotten 5% of the national vote (I believe the Libertarians had 4.7%) they would be included in national debates during the next election season. Shaming people for voting is a disgrace to democracy. These people had every right to vote for their candidate of choice and trying to scare people out of voting third party in the future perpetuates the two-party system that so many are quick to label as "undemocratic" or "corrupt." 

The rhetoric surrounding Trump and his supporters has gotten out of control. Trump has said misogynistic, racist, hurtful things, but that does not make all Trump supporters racist or sexist. People that voted for Trump did so for their own reasons, some of which are legitimate (for example, it is likely that Trump will appoint multiple supreme court justices during his term, which could have swayed moderate republicans). I believe that we shouldn't hold his campaign against him as he starts his term in January. Does that excuse his comments? Absolutely not. But if his victory speech is any indication, he is committed to unifying the country and should be given a chance as president to do so. 

The most disturbing thing about this election is not that Trump won, but is that 49% of eligible voters chose not to vote. These people are the same ones that will be impacted by Trump's policy and are likely complaining that he won. If this election has taught us anything, it is that every vote counts. The margin between Clinton and Trump was so small that had any percentage of these non-voters chosen to vote, the outcome could have changed. 

I was raised in a very democratic state, and for slightly less than half my life, the president was Barack Obama, a product of my home state of Hawaii. Even now, living in Reno (though I still vote in Hawaii elections), I never fully understood how strong and effective the rhetoric of hate is. The outcome of this election is not at all what I imagined it to be, and that is okay. I truly believe that love trumps hate, hope is greater than fear, and that America will come out of the next four years stronger, and more united than it is now. 

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