A Few Points on the 2016 Election

I’ve been trying to keep politics out of my blog since I started it a few months ago, but today seems like a fitting day to address a few things. I’m not going to say who was right and who was wrong, or who deserves to be president and who doesn’t. I’m just going to say a few things as someone who really didn’t feel good about any of this at all.

First off, yes. It sucks. I get it. Everyone gets it. But if the shoe was on the other foot, there would be just as many people complaining and saying that the country was going down the toilet. This isn’t a time for more division and more strife. This is a time for us to see things from the perspective of others and respect the electoral process.

Sure. I understand that Hillary Clinton may have won the popular vote, but that’s not how our system works. We work under an electoral college system where electorates from states allot their votes to a particular candidate. There’s a good reason that the Founding Fathers created this system, and there’s good reason for it to stay that way. If you want to complain about something messing with our political system, complain about Citizens United, not the electoral college.

Next I’d like to point out a few things about the two parties that prevail in the American system right now.

You see, there used to be these two parties: one was more conservative than the other, and the other was more liberal. If you think in any way that there are two parties in the American system right now, you’re absolutely insane. See, things used to actually separate these two parties, like their views on war and what interest groups they supported, like the rich or the poor.

There is no difference now. None. You might be able to call out a few minute differences in civil liberties or in certain religious views, but that’s nothing. All we have are two people sitting on the right side of a teeter totter, one closer to the middle and one closer to the edge. The left is a void, a sea of nothingness and long-lost progressivism of the past.

What’s that? You still think that they’re separate? I’ll remind you that the federal legalization of gay marriage was passed under a 4/5 Supreme Court that leaned in favor of Republican ideals. I’ll remind you that Barack Obama kept a policy of mass civilian surveillance going on well into his presidency (and it’s still going on). There is no difference. Do you want real change? Do you want something to actually be different? Then nominate someone who’s different, not someone who lost 8 years ago so you might as well try it again.

And that’s what the Republicans did. They nominated someone different. Whether you like it or not, their differentness beat out your ‘differentness’. Don’t pit a republican against a republican. Nominate someone who is actually distinguishably different from the other side. Not just by sex, but by the ideals they hold and the policies they want to put in place.

And they could have done it. There was a perfect opportunity in the Democratic Primaries to nominate someone who was dramatically different from the other side, but, as WikiLeaks so kindly showed us, he was pushed down by the Democratic Party itself because they didn’t want him to win. They thought they had something they could exploit with Hillary Clinton, and they did. They used her to exploit the electorate. They tried to tell you she was different, that she was the one who was going to make everything alright, but in all honesty, she wasn’t/isn’t different. The only thing that’s different is that she has a vagina.

Don’t take this as me saying that I don’t think a woman could be a president. I think that a black, gay, jewish woman could be president. I could really care less who/what/when/where/why this person is. I just want someone different. Just like, I guess, a majority of Americans wanted. But don’t paint a turd and tell me it’s jewelry. Don’t lie  to me and tell me that this is the best you have to offer, because it’s not. You know what you did. And you need to fix it next time.

No. I didn’t vote for Trump. I voted for Hillary. I still feel bad about it. I feel really bad about it, actually. I feel really bad that I used my first vote to vote for something that I didn’t believe in. But I was tricked in to believing that I was sticking up for something and making a statement. The more I think about the statement I made, the more I realize that it was less important to vote and more important to keep my beliefs in tact. But I can’t go back. I can’t ever get my first vote back. I’m like a kid who lost their virginity and now desperately wants it back because they feel dirty and guilty. But you know what I can do? I can keep it now. I can keep it for as long as it takes. I can hold on to my most sacred right until someone actually does come along that’s going to move this country back to the left again.

I don’t know. I could keep writing on this for ages, guys. I really could. There’s so much to say. I’m not going to pick sides, because it’s silly to pick sides in a game where both people are playing for the same team. I’m not going to complain. I’m going to watch it happen.

I will not, however, sit back and let fellow humans be hurt. I will not sit back and let fellow humans be screamed at, beaten, or killed because of their skin color, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation. I will stick up for their rights not only as Americans, but as citizens of the world. They deserve respect and love, just like everyone else. Even Donald Trump.

That’s what you need: Love. Don’t get angry. Don’t start yelling. Don’t cry. It’s okay. You know why? Because we have love.

Love is all you need.

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