Let’s get some facts established first:
- I did not vote for Trump, nor for Clinton.
- I am not a millenial.
- I am gainfully employed but have seen troubles over my life that have placed me, at times, in less than desirable circumstances from which I had to crawl my way out, dragging a family behind me.
- I am a conservative, not a Fascist.
- As a conservative, yes, I do believe in basic human rights and justices.
- I believe in hard work ~ for everyone.
- I do not believe in the political machine, including the main and mid stream media that snivels around it and has all of us by the balls and is slowly squeezing.
- I believe in peaceful demonstration, as one of our Constitutional rights, but I do not by any means advocate violence of any kind.
- I know that many of you will read this and be insulted, even now, over a week after the election.
- I do not apologize for my opinion, nor my position.
With that aside, let me continue.
After many days of contemplation, peppered with vicious exchanges with people whom I have called friends for several years, I have decided to express a few thoughts and feelings that I have been harboring.
As much as many of us have tried to keep things civilized in the wake of your election victory last week, it has proven almost impossible.
Actually, if I had to classify it, I would say it is social warfare out there. No longer warfare between the proverbial haves and have nots. Nor between the sexes. And it really is not even a war between the races.
It is a war of principles. It is a war of perceived standards. It is a war between intangible thought processes and subjective belief systems; belief systems that have been grown, pruned, and stunted by untold years of personal experience and the molding of each individual. It has resulted in histrionics of epic proportions, across multiple societal lines.
The war zone is real out here, President-elect Trump, and it is slowly gathering momentum – taking prisoners and accumulating casualties.
It is a war steeped in fear, resentment, spite.
It has made some good people make bad behavior choices.
Here are some of the behaviors I have personally experienced. Sadly, some of the behaviors I have personally experienced; some of the behaviors mimic what you yourself – and the portion of your supporters constantly spotlighted by the mainstream media – exhibited on the campaign trail.
Name-calling – marginalizing – stereotyping – pitting of one group against another – judging and accusations – assumptions – more accusations – immoral and unprincipled characterizations
The example that you set during the campaign has become an artifact that we, the people, are now forced to grapple with in the aftermath, down in the trenches.
We have been made aware of our divisions. Those divisions have been drawn into the light. Spotlighted and amplified. Somehow, over the course of this campaign year, people with lesser moral character or weak emotional constitution have become indoctrinated with a sense that they can bully and attack and accuse anyone else from the other camp. Fundamentally good people have been convinced that they can now make these bad choices, and that they are justified for doing so.
They have gotten the idea that they don’t have to respect each other’s opinion if that opinion resonates from the other side.
Somehow, people are increasingly getting the idea that it is acceptable now to judge someone based on the group they affiliate with instead of the moral fabric of that person’s own character.
It has become impossible to discuss rationally with someone from “the other camp” unless that person has embraced a level of maturity that allows them to gracefully accept and move on. Notice that I did not pinpoint any “camp”. It is followers of both camps, plus some, who are behaving badly.
And many are not moving on gracefully.
They are refusing to accept the election results. They are refusing to even give you and your new administration a chance because they are so blinded by the other garbage.
They are finding you guilty before you have even made a move.
If nothing else at this point, you have shaken up the status quo. Not surprising, a bit scary, and necessary.
I, for one Mr. President-elect, will do my best to represent a positive front in the turmoil that is raging. Many people of my like mind are working hard to do the same thing. Because, despite some of the despicable things you did and said during the election, those things are no more despicable than many of the things that a multitude of career politicians, including your rivals and those you are currently appointing to your staff, have done for decades. Difference is your actions and words were publicized and spotlighted while the others slithered around in the mud and tried to pretend that they were righteous, good, and doing what they did in the best interest of the American public.
But I wonder, what is happening to principles, standards, love, acceptance?
While many of us wish that we were not beginning a new chapter under such social duress, we are hopeful that as you are sworn in that you will show us a different side than what the media decided to entertain and enrage us with during your campaign and that the changes you evoke will make us a better people and a better nation.
Good luck, Mr. President-elect.
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