Hey everyone, as I’m sure you now know, America’s President Elect is a man who could not be more unqualified and disrespectful if he tried.
This isn’t what I had planned to write today. My post was meant to be a very happy and optimistic post celebrating the election’s outcome after electing the most qualified candidate in history to ever run for office, who would also happen to be the first woman president. Well that wasn’t what happened.
I’m very disappointed in the outcome of the election. And I’ll continue to be so. But let me tell you what I won’t do.
I won’t give up. I’m not going to move to a different country. I’m not going to accept racism or sexism or other oppressive views. As for what I will do?
I will gracefully (although reluctantly) accept the outcome as that is what our democratic process has brought us to. I’ll also find ways to peacefully call for a more accepting America and to fight those oppressors.
Today America has become the country to ridicule around the world and this outcome will be a dark cloud that hangs over the country for a long, long time. We already have seen this in the fall in the stock markets, and in the harsh judgement from around the world.
The President Elect will not be a president for the people as he claimed. But we can breathe a little easier knowing that the democratic process will stop the worst of the ill-tempered, and horrible promises he made on the campaign trail.
In the end, I did what I could do, try to educate those around me and vote. In the end, the people of my country elected the worst candidate to lead the country. And in the end, we will survive and look to 2020 when we can hope we’ll have real candidates on both sides. Not reality tv “stars” or “entertainers”.
I know I’m not the only one who has hope and will continue to hold the world to a higher standard. But as a Hispanic woman in the US I can plainly see the racism and sexism and the problems that lie ahead and I’m finding it hard to remain optimistic.
A majority of my readers are from the United States although I do have a large number of readers from outside the US from time to time. Wherever you may reside, I hope you will decide to find a way to fight for people’s rights in your own way, whether those people be women or men, gay or straight, white or brown.
So through the embarrassment and sadness, I will wish the President Elect good luck for his term. I expect the worst, will continue to hope for the best, and am prepared for further disappointed.
To America, I’m sorry this is what we picked and have chosen such a terrible person to present to the world. To the world, look to this mistake and learn and fight to ensure it doesn’t happen to you.
America, we’re in for a long four years.
Thanks for reading.