ELECTION REFLECTION and being One Nation Again

So I went almost the entire election being upset at many of my conservative friends rhetoric. Now post-election, I’m getting upset at my liberal friends rhetoric. (I guess this is what happens when you don’t fall into a category, woe is me).

But let me for the record say, I feel you my liberal friends. This one has been a shocker. I am still in a daze, a week later. I completely and totally empathize with you.

That being said, I urge everyone, I mean everyone, to have a level-head. There are things to be learned from this. I sincerely hope that everyone, ESPECIALLY my liberal friends, will read these:

http://www.vox.com/first-person/2016/11/15/13623694/trump-voters-understanding

http://www.cracked.com/blog/dont-panic/

http://www.cracked.com/blog/6-reasons-trumps-rise-that-no-one-talks-about/

And that everyone, ESPECIALLY my conservative friends. will read this:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/dear-white-people-stop-saying-everything-will-be-ok/

These are all things I think need to be said and understood, and aligns nearly completely with my thought processes throughout this whole ordeal. I really hope they are helpful.

I encourage everyone to take hope, to press on, and to know that nothing is going to be accomplished by dividing this schism further than it already is. I sincerely hope that we make it our goal to include everyone, and acknowledge everyone (and that means everyone), in the conversation. The big Democratic failure is that even when you thought you were doing that, you actually were not. One of these articles puts that concept in a way that certainly helped me to understand it:

“The rural folk with the Trump signs in their yards say their way of life is dying, and you smirk and say what they really mean is that blacks and gays are finally getting equal rights and they hate it. But I’m telling you, they say their way of life is dying because their way of life is dying. It’s not their imagination. [And] if you dare complain [about it], some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, ‘You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!’ Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help….”

So, this is ultimately why I believe Hillary lost. And it is also why I do not think that this is the end of the world because, if we ALL make efforts to not marginalize ANYBODY (Republicans: that means including the ones you think are being whiners right now; and Democrats: that includes the ones you think are racist and care about nothing else), that’s when I think we can, all of us, make America Great Again. Not Trump. Not Hillary. Us.