I just got a nasty email from a person I thought was a friend of mine, telling me off because we voted differently in the presidential election a few weeks ago. The irony of the email [which she won't ever understand] is that she was denouncing me as being judgmental and yet she was being extremely judgmental.
She said: "It is one thing to have a political opinion and another to show hate, bigotry and derision towards your fellow man." I have never been a hater and I'm not a hater now, but she views me that way.
What she doesn't see is that my choice not to vote for Clinton -- according to her and several other people who have de-friended me on Facebook and in real life -- was my attempt to try and bring about real change in America, not an endorsement of a candidate in the same league as Hitler/the devil/Saddam Hussein, etc. You get the picture.
She views Hillary Clinton as a saint and Donald Trump as a monster. Both are gross distortions.
It saddens me that there are folks who cannot simply say "Hey, I don't agree with you politically but I still like you personally."
There are a number of friends of mine on Facebook who disagree with me when it comes to religion, politics, sports -- all hot-button issues. Yet I don't think they are insane or evil because we don't agree. We simply view the world differently.
I thought once the election was over things would calm down, yet the news media is still stoking the fires of divisiveness, even as they name Trump the Person of the Year over at Time Magazine. The story starts off by hinting heavily that Trump is incapable of understanding working-class people because he's so wealthy. Like Clinton is poor?! According to a story from PBS from last May, Clinton has earned more than $22 million since 2008. It goes on to say:
The Clintons own well-appointed houses in the suburbs of New York and in the nation’s capital. They hold a sole mutual fund worth between $5 million and $25 million. They are regulars at Caribbean resorts and New York’s exclusive Hamptons beachfront.
Hillary Clinton’s three-year speaking tours often came with premium travel – flights on private jets, luxury “presidential” hotel suites and transportation and accommodations for the retinue of loyal aides who traveled with her, according to her contract demands.
Did the Time story mention that? Nope. It implies that Trump was the only wealthy person in the race.
Did I make the right choice in voting for Trump? Maybe. Maybe not. I didn't agree with him 100% and I was appalled by some of the things he said. However, I didn't trust Clinton. As always, I feel like I've voted for the lesser of two evils -- which happens every 4 years.
The guy hasn't even taken office or had the chance to really DO anything, so at this point it's anyone's guess as to whether or not he will lead America back to glory or lead us down the path to hell.
I am sorry that some of my friends have decided I am a horrible person because I didn't vote the same way they did. I don't view them as despicable, or crazy, or deplorable. We just don't agree.
It's so sad to me that the news media, the candidates themselves, so many voices -- have divided us as a nation. We need to come together and get problems solved. If Trump is a terrible president he can be impeached, or voted out.
I pray every day that the leadership of our country will make good choices. I also pray that the president and Congress will make good decisions for us and we will all benefit. If they DO, maybe I will get some of my friends back. I'm not holding my breath, but anything can happen, right?!