We Have to Keep Moving Forward
No, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump to be our next President.
He did not meet the criteria I have personally set for any candidate that I get to vote for, especially when I am voting for them to be the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States or the President.
The person I voted for was not because I was passionate about her qualities or ability to lead, she was the lesser of two evils in my view.
That being said, Trump is the President-elect based on the laws we have in place for the “peaceful” transfer of power in the United States of America.
After a rancorous election cycle that divided our Country more than I thought possible…what comes next?
Even more rancor? The rioting, protests and social media blizzards of negativity are showing that people are scared of Trump and the direction they believe he will take our Country.
The responses from Trump supporters and Trump himself are often shallow and not helpful to the situation we have before us.
A nation divided.
At some point we have to let go of the election results and move forward to reunite our divided Country and it starts here:
I hear too many people disparaging Trump supporter’s intellect, ignorance and so many other aspects.
Stereotyping does not really give the picture of who Trump’s supporters really were.
Who are they really?
They are our neighbors, friends, family and yes, many people we do not know (who were teachers, carpenters, loggers, farmers, etc.) people who work hard for a living, decided that Hillary Clinton was too scary, in their perspective to be President.
Good, honest people, who have been ignored by both parties for far too long.
How do I know?
If I hadn’t moved to the Augusta area 16 years ago, without a doubt I would have been one of them. You will probably vote pretty the same as the people you surround yourself with and back then, I was living the same life that many of the people I know who voted for Trump.
I do not consider all Trump supporters as ignorant, disgusting, racist, hillbillies, who want a return to “how it used to be”, anymore than I believe that all Clinton supporters are freeloaders, whiney-asses, who just want nothing but handouts and free shit.
Both sides have their share of shitheads, jackasses and vocal minorities, who do not reflect the views, opinions or intellect of the individuals I know on both sides of the fence.
For many of my liberal friends and Hillary supporters, since you are railing so loudly about Trump supporters, their ignorance and lack of social awareness.
Please stop believing that ALL Trump supporters are ignorant, stoopid, racist pigs – most are not.
Most are hard-working neighbors, friends and family who are proud, want nothing more than a fair shake to keep going and that their children have a chance at a life better than theirs. They are the small town and rural residents who know they have been left behind and ignored, while urban areas are being restored and catered too.
Many of them are the ones who actually are the ones getting or have gotten the lay-off notices when the mills close, Wal Mart moves in, etc., and their once thriving towns in Berlin, Millinocket and so many other nameless places and faces for many of us – because big business decided that they could make even more money, by moving their operations to a different Country or another part of our Country.
They lost the ability to earn a decent wage where they and their families have lived for generations and want to live. They lost the chances for their children to be upwardly mobile or at least have the standard of living that they had by working hard.
They lost the support of the very politicians who said “it would never happen here”. Many had lost pride in who they were becoming and hope for their children.
Their perspective on and experience with the American Dream and what is happening in our Country is vastly different than, what is being experienced in urban areas or in academia.
They live in a different world than those in urban areas and Trump paid attention to their plight and scared them less than Hillary and her supporters did. Even though he was rich as hell, uncouth, egotistical, he was not a career politician who they considered was part of the problem (rightly or wrongly).
The changes in the world disturbed and lack of respect for them was only getting worse. The country-bumpkins of the Country were stereotyped, put on the back shelf and ignored, since they were not rich, as well educated and able to influence policy or politicians.
In talking with many Trump supporters, that is the main reason they voted for him, Hillary and many of her supporters (you), scared the shit out them.
Just like Trump scares me and many others.
So before my liberal friends go off on your diatribes about the stereotypical Trump supporter, please stop and think for a minute. They are mostly honest, hard-working people, who have a different perspective on what life is like in the Unites States at this point and time.
They are people, not numbers or nameless faces. They are parents, grandparents, brother, sisters and yes, they are citizens whose voice too often has been left unheard or ignored as others have their agenda to keep.
They are not evil, they are fellow Americans who are part of the solution. They are not as some believe “the problem” and if we continue to see them in that light, we become part of the problem. They are also afraid that once the election is over, that they will go back to being the “ignored ones”. The ones who politicians, academia and the rich will walk all over – yet again.
Trump they hope will bring back some of their pride and yes, good paying jobs and a reasonable future. Now it remains to be seen if he will, but it was a better chance in their eyes than what the urbane Hillary would have done for them. It is a chance and for many of them that was enough.
That is my view, it is not what everyone has seen, heard or feels, but I understand why so many did vote for Trump and it had very little to do with being ignorant, racist or even stupidity.
It was all about being listened to, when no one else seemed to.
They have spoken loudly and now will get a chance to see if the Republicans listen or keep going down the road they have been on all along…giving to the rich and foresaking their electorate.
Time will tell.
Until then, we have a new President-elect. The voters have spoken and now we need to give him a chance to see what he does, versus what he says. Sometimes the two are vastly different.
I guess it comes down to, do the former Hillary supporters, believe in America enough to trust the process we have in place to peacefully transfer power, when the election results are in.
UPDATE: However, I do strongly agree with Mike and my Dad, that we still need to keep to our own sense of what is right and wrong, while holding our elected official responsible for their actions or in-actions, supposedly on our behalf and not in the their own or some special interests – that is not who elected them to represent them.
On this Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have served and given that blank check to America…is it too much to ask of liberal/conservatives, urban/rural and all the schisms that divide us, to see or find, what things we have in common to move forward to keeping our Country great.
Because we don’t need to make it great again, it already is.