I voted for Trump. I also voted a straight Democratic ticket for the rest of my ballot. I will give you the reason for the second part first. I voted the way I did to have any results of my ballot keep the next administration one where Congress and the President would check each other. That part of my effort failed but not because I didn’t try.
The vote for Trump, from my point of view, was a vote to correct the direction of our country as guided by both Republican and Democrat governments. I feel we the people have allowed our country to be taken over by special interests. We have allowed a rotten core to take over Washington D.C. We have allowed governments that were for the government, or for some elite group, or for the money traders; not for the people. It is time to take our government back. Trump is giving us that chance. From that standpoint my vote won.
I detested that some Americans were on the receiving side of some of Trump’s bigoted, divisive and even racist tirades. I detested that some Americans were used and abused by some of Hillary’s apathy, divisive and race baiting attacks. For me neither of the candidates gave me any sense they would be for all Americans once elected. Neither candidate gave me any confidence in a future with them leading the country. My choice was limited to a candidate who had no experience and one that had so much experience she had proven ineffective as a leader. Trump was a clean slate and so far, he is using an eraser on the naysayers across the nation. Hillary was a presumptive royal assumption and her and her failed campaign is just adding to her experience.
Now I am reaping the benefits and the barbs of allowing others to know how I voted. I find I suddenly have lost friends. Maybe half. I also find that I have gained friends. Maybe more than the half I lost. Many of my friends say they have lost all respect for me because I have betrayed some notion they held that I could only vote their way. My new friends are welcoming and think I have now joined their jaded views. Neither group is correct in my view. Neither group seems able to understand that listening to, understanding and accepting a different point of view is permissible in this world. Speech can be quelled but not thought. I opened this apparent misinformed and inaccurate opinion of me by communicating my thoughts instead of making some rant on one kind or another just to please those around me. That is not me.
To my old friends, I am sorry you have so little faith. I am sorry if I offended. I am sorry if you have for long applauded my views and now have lost all respect for me. To my new friends, don’t be too quick to accept me based on my vote. That was my vote, nobody else’s, and I cast it in hopes of defeating your anti American, pro racist, and ignorant selfishness.
Now I am even more driven to follow up my vote with action. I have not put aside my lifelong efforts to have the best representatives in government that I can help choose. I will continue to rant and rave at Council meetings and Commissioner meetings and collective gatherings of all kinds. I will not allow those who will change their opinion of me based on my vote to fall back into their apathetic, ill-informed or bigoted views without getting on my soapbox. This essay is just the beginning of many essays I hope to produce in support of my fellow Americans, both friend and foe. My foes are Americans; they were born that way. My friends are Americans as well. I must live with both and I cherish their rights and their viewpoints. I may not agree with them but I will continue to love and respect them all. Just as I extend my hand to all I will continue to extend my views. It is up to you, friend or foe, to accept or ignore or to fight back. Just, please, help me make our country better, if not greater. Thank you all for reading.