The US elections are finally over. In the 26 years I have lived in America this has by far been the most dirties, misinformed election I have ever witnessed.
I am still in shock and disbelief that a country chose a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, xenophobic man to run this country. Absolutely no qualifications in the political arena, which begs the question, a man less qualified to get the job over a woman who surpassed the qualifications asked of her?
This election has taught me that people are so willing to read Wiki Leaks, listen to the media, post meme's as gospel and quote stupidity verbatim without doing any research. Research such as bills and laws passed, what that person did, benefits to the country etc.
People are posting that they are not racist etc by voting for Trump, but I ask this?
If your daughter's boss groped her inappropriately, refused to give her the promotion she deserved because she was a female, ridiculed her for being Christian/Muslim,Jewish/Hindu and called her fat, but was running for President you would still vote for him because he represents your party?
That is why so many women are angry.
You voted for a man who on record has the highest disregard for women.
You voted for a man who has multiple failed businesses.
You voted for a man who refused to release his tax returns, but yet in all other elections not of your party you yelled from the roof tops it was the American right to know what the Presidential candidates were earning.
You voted for a man who created hatred for Muslims, the same people we helped free from Sadam Hussein.
You voted for a man who wants to build a wall.
I was born and raised in a country where apartheid ruled. The United States and many other countries imposed sanctions against South Africa until apartheid was demolished. I witnessed how the minorities were treated. I witnessed people of color being brutally abused and put in jail for not having an up to date passbook. My father's kidnapping and murder was based on hate.
I saw first hand the result of hate and fear. My family voted in every election in South Africa against the party of the majority rule because they believed in equality for all. They didn't vote party line to make their lives better.
I never intended to live in America, but when I married an American I was grateful that I could raise our son in a country where he didn't have to fear for his life on a daily basis. He could play in the yard and run around the neighborhood with friends and not be locked in a home that would give Fort Knox a run for its money.
I suffer from PTSD because of my father's murder and what I have read and seen today in the past two years of this campaign, takes me back to those days of myself and my siblings screaming and begging the police to leave our nanny alone.
I have a peace in knowing that one day when my grandchildren ask me who I voted for in this election I will proudly say I voted for equality, acceptance, love and for the coming together of a country.
I do fear for this country. The beast has been awakened and it has reared its ugly head.
Your last line... that really does sum it all up. The truth is out and it's a very ugly truth. It's important for me to remember that YOU are out there and there are people like you all over the world. I wish that were enough.ReplyDelete
Heartfelt written blog. Disappointed should be directed at those who choose not to vote. It may have resulted in a more true reflection of what people want or maybe this is it. Something has to be said about compulsory voting in Australia. This is the perfect time to show that intolerance and disrespect has no place in any country, culture or religious group anywhere in the world. I pray that the promised 'Great America ' will be great for all its people.ReplyDelete
Actually the true reflection of what people wanted was found in the popular vote, Hilary won by a landslide. This uncharming little thing called the electoral college is what made it an undemocratic election...Delete
Politicians in my country have been playing the racial card during election time for years. It's gotten to the point where people who supported the losing side of the last general election were openly firing off racial slurs & even making threats on social media. I can only worry about how bad things will devolve both here & in the US in years to come.ReplyDelete
Sometimes we have to learn the hard way.ReplyDelete