My Obligatory Election Post

I wasn’t going to post this. I think by now we’ve all had enough election talk for at least the next 20 years. But before we find out who the new president is, there are a few things I need to say. (And what better platform than my blog? No one can stop me here or tell me to shut up.)

This has been the longest election ever and it’s FINALLY over. But not really.

Both candidates running for president are incredibly flawed. There’s no right choice here. I’m not going to spend this time talking up one candidate over the other. By this point, you’ve either already cast your vote or know who will be getting it.

My biggest issue with this entire election has been the division it’s caused. On one side, you’re an uneducated, ignorant racist. On the other side, you’re stupid and lazy.

A while back I made a post where I called all the people on my FB newsfeed posting about politics stupid and annoying. A family member called me out and said he took offense to being called stupid. He had a point. There was a hidden message there that anyone whose political views did not align with mine, is stupid and annoying. Shitty mentality to have.

Within the last month or so, the same family member has posted numerous memes about Democrats being stupid and unemployed, and suggesting that men voting for Hillary aren’t “real men.” Again, a shitty mentality to have.

It becomes a problem when we decide to group people into categories. Conservative or Liberal. Democrat or Republican. That’s not how the world works. That’s not how people work.

People. Human beings. Throughout this entire election, we’ve forgotten that “redneck Trump supporters,” “idiotic millenials,” “illegal aliens,” etc. are all human beings.

I’m about to get real hippie on you guys but hear me out. No matter who wins the election tonight, (or tomorrow morning depending when this thing is finally all said and done) we all need to live together in one country. We could have the greatest president these next four years (spoiler alert: we’re not going to have the greatest president) but none of it will matter if we’re so divided.

We need to learn to listen to one another better. We need to recognize that every single person has their own ideas and thoughts. There isn’t a perfect Conservative/Republican mold or Liberal/Democratic mold.

I know people who are conservative. I know people who are liberal. I know people who are Republican. I know people who are Democrat. I am friends with all of these people because these labels don’t define them. They are just a sliver of what makes them them.

So how about starting tomorrow we all start being a little kinder to one another. We all start listening to one another and trying to see the other side of an issue.

But as for tonight, you all have my permission to down a bottle of wine and fall asleep in a puddle of your own tears! God Bless!

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19 comments

  1. I wrote something really similar to this on my Facebook page yesterday because I was so fed up of seeing ordinarily really nice people being so cruel to one another! Well said — I can’t wait for the election to be over, haha!

      1. Yeah same here. I actually unfriended a few people which I NEVER do, but it’s never right to attack entire groups of people — no matter what they look like or their political views are. It’s crazy!

      2. I did unfriend a few people. If I haven’t seen you in years anyway, there’s no need for me to see your nonsense. For the people that it would cause too much trouble to unfriend (mostly family), I unfollowed so I didn’t have to see their posts.

  2. God, I’m so sick of reading that there is no right choice. Clinton is totally the right choice. She has done nothing wrong except for be a powerful woman where as Trump really should be in jail.

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    1. Not going to debate Clinton versus Trump. In my opinion, it’s a debate that shouldn’t even be happening. (I agree with you.) However, you completely missed the entire point of this entire post.

  3. Also…fun fact: nobody has ever changed their minds because someone called them stupid. EVER. People on both sides of the aisle have annoyed the crap out of me so I’m glad it’s finally over.

  4. I’m with you…posting about politics on Facebook is stupid. Everyone can have their opinion, but do they really think they are changing anyone’s mind? In most cases they are just starting a heated debate. I don’t see the point.

  5. ‘It becomes a problem when we decide to group people into categories. Conservative or Liberal. Democrat or Republican. That’s not how the world works. That’s not how people work.’

    This is exactly the problem! Obviously I didn’t experience the election the same way as you did, not being American (although of course the result affects us all). However, in the past couple of years, I’ve experience a Scottish independence referendum and EU referendum, both of which offered two options and divided people almost exactly in half, when we have so much more in common than that.

    The US and the UK largely have two-party systems, which means this happens on a small scale at every election. I feel like the whole model is wrong, but of course actually fixing this problem would be too much change for most people – despite it being what everyone seems to be after…

    1. I agree with you that the whole system needs to be changed but it’s too much work. I just don’t see things ever getting better if we continue to be s divided politically. It affects the government from actually making real changes cause everyone is so set in their ways.

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