America, let’s think about this

Because I don’t think we’ve done enough of that.

I worry about the future of our country and its leaders, the people in which we choose to place our trust. More, however, I worry about the people who choose to place trust in these leaders.

For me, the candidacy of Donald Trump not a matter of voter misinformation or the public’s lack of education — though I certainly believe those are two key factors in his rise to power — but rather a glaring example of the prejudice and hatred that so many Americans harbor and allow to cloud their judgments.

The idea that, in 2016, one would rather openly support a proven rapist, liar and criminal than look the way of a politician with real-world experience is a scary reality. Never mind Trump’s lack of maturity, support of domestic terrorists, admitted tax fraud or even lewd, sexist comments about women as close to him as his own daughters.

Perhaps my larger question is, who raised you?

In hindsight, it was probably quite naive for me to be so appalled that a nation founded by the inventors of avarice that also touts a track record of institutional racism, frequent acts of violence and a system maintaining one-fourth of the world’s prison population for the sake of financial gain would be so quick to endear itself to the likes of The Donald.

Yet, at the same time, I believe it was that same country — the one that millions of people dream to live in — that taught me the importance of inclusion, engagement and cooperation. Even the most brief lesson in American History will underline those ideals, regardless of who they applied to at that point in time.

So, something isn’t adding up here.

In the wake of centuries of support of war and antagonism towards nations with leaders possessing his same character traits, a near majority of Americans feel safer to entrust bomb codes to a bogus capitalist with fake hair and deep pockets. I don’t get it.

Ask me if I love Hillary Clinton and I will tell you hell, nah.

I don’t love her policies. I don’t love the way she often looks at and supports policies for people who look like me. I don’t love her unnecessary deceit. I really don’t love her basic inauthenticity that causes me to question her level of integrity.

However, I recognize Clinton’s hustle and realize that one look at her life’s work will reveal that the presidency is truly the only logical next step for her. As a thinking person, I recognize that there is something to be said about that. As a woman, I admire it.

So, if you ask me if I’m With Her, the answer is a no-brainer (though I now question the validity of that phrase). But what I’m asking is for America to take the time to think. All should really consider who they will decide to have a large share of power for at least the next four years. And we are too old to still be learning our lessons the hard way.

© Maya King