This Is Your America | An Open Letter

Please read the disclaimer before the post before moving forward because I do not have time or energy for your hate in any comments section.

Disclaimer: I don’t normally write about this kind of stuff and I probably won’t write about this kind of stuff in the future, but it’s been on my mind for the last 72 hours or so, so I figured, I’d write it. Please do not leave hate in any comment section, as a busy, working, college student, I do not have time for that.

Here we go…

Dear American People,

I’m just your average 20-something year old American citizen who has been following current events closely since I was 17 years old. I attended a camp called City on the Hill where I was a mock legislator for a week and I suddenly became very interested in the world around us. I’m first and foremost a storyteller and for the better part of four years, I studied journalism and political science at Sacramento City College to tell stories about the current events of the country and the world around us through news and opinion articles and even hoped to one day own my own online newspaper company to such things and then I fell in love with production and I figured that I can change the world through film and television — and I’m on the road to do just that. I’m now a film and video student at Orange Coast College with plans to grow my production company.

Very quietly, I’ve been following the news about what’s known as the 2016 Election and very few people have heard my rants about how ridiculous I think it is, but that’s not going to stop me from voting in a month. There’s still a lot that I would like to see changed in this country. From the very early stages of this particular election, I’ve been following it — both parties and all of candidates — there is one particular candidate that has seemed to capture my attention with their views and opinions that make say the following sentence: Hey American Media, on both sides, please stop insulting my intelligence. Seriously, I feel like my intelligence is being insulted as each day of this election goes forward.

I also write this to say the following to the eligible yet undecided voters of America, please vote. If you’re afraid to vote because of what others might think of you for voting, it’s none of their business who you vote for. Vote your conscience because ultimately this is your America — your country. Please do not feel ashamed about who you are voting for — because once again, this is your America. Also, if you choose to not vote, that’s okay too. To reiterate again, this is your America.

To the people who are voting, thank you. Honestly this is probably the biggest election in our nation’s history, but do me a favor? Don’t make people feel bad for not voting or for who they are voting for. It’s not necessarily your business on why they aren’t voting or why they are voting for the person who they are voting for. They have their reasons just like you do.

I’m an average 20-something year old American citizen with hopes and dreams that I’m beginning to live out and as I do, I also believe that we live in an amazing country that has a lot to offer.

-Mahalie Oshiro
A 20-something year old average American citizen

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