Random thoughts floated amuck in my head today while I was running this morning.
I thought a lot about the upcoming presidential election and wondered what kind of impact it would have on our future and the future of the world if the wrong person was chosen.
Then that lead me to think about how insanely ridiculous this whole presidential race has been. Racism, hatred, anger. I didn’t realize that there was still so much of this ugliness in 2016 and in the United States of America.
Then I remembered that I had to vote. So my voice could be heard. So I can make a difference.
That led me to think about my sister, who, when asked if she was going to vote, promptly answered me by saying that neither candidate was good. But, Clinton was probably worse because she was a liar.
She followed up her comment by telling me that it wouldn’t really make a difference if she voted anyway because what will be, will be.
I was a little surprised by that answer. The laissez-faire attitude. That led me to wonder how many other people thought the same way. That they didn’t need to vote because they couldn’t make a difference?
According to the Huffington Post, in the last presidential election, only 53% of Americans voted. There are over 240 million voting-aged Americans, yet over nearly 100 million consistently choose not to vote.
- 59% of non-voting Americans believed that there is no point in voting because “nothing ever gets done,”
- 54% justified not voting because they believe the U.S. Government is “so corrupt,”
- 37% believe that voting “doesn’t make much difference my life.”
These numbers mean that almost half of voting eligible Americans don’t vote.
Voting is a privilege. Imagine that this privilege was taken away from you. You’d want it back, wouldn’t you?
You have a chance to be heard. You have a chance to affect change. And this only happens if we all do it.
two thumbs down to donald trump
The amount of news that comes is overwhelming. And it comes in tidbits, so sometimes it’s hard to piece together all the bits and get the real picture.
News articles and opinions shared on Facebook. Snippets of thoughts tweeted on Twitter. Star-studded anti-Trump video, SNL comedy skit on the Trump vs. Clinton debate, local and national newspapers, etc. The media goes on and on.
It’s easy to get lost in other people’s opinions.
So I spent all afternoon researching and reading up on both candidates. I read about their stance on economic policy, immigration, death penalty, foreign policy, global warming, gun rights and healthcare. All very important issues.
And after all my reading, I know , without a shadow of a doubt, that I will not vote for Donald Trump.
Do you want to know why?
I did a quick Google search on “Is donald trump a racist” . Note that there were 7,3 Million hits.
Just this morning there was another video released recording him speaking lewdly about women.
Hmmm…do you seriously want this kind of man to be our President? He is vile and disgusting and his behavior is absolutely not befitting of the President of the United States.
As an American, I am embarrassed that it’s even gotten this far. Yet, these women explain away his behavior.
If Hilary had acted like him, how would America have responded? Would that have been acceptable?
Hilary haters say that she’s untrustworthy, but the fact checkers say that she’s one of the most honest politicians.
It’s proven that her charitable foundation does not profit from donations.
So what gives? Why so many Hilary haters? Is it because she’s a woman? Is it because she’s a no nonsense kind of person and doesn’t take anyone’s sh*t?
Many say that both of them are bad, but they would choose Trump over having a liar in the office.
Let me put it this way. Let’s say that Hilary is a liar, which she’s not. And so what?
Would you rather have someone in office who acts like an uncouth, spoiled little brat? A man who believes that punching back is preferred over turning the other cheek? A man who would so easily “bomb the sh*t” out of his enemy? A man who thinks it’s perfectly OK to call women fat, slobs, disgusting pigs. A man who thinks it’s OK to treat them as a piece of a*s because he thinks we’re the weaker sex.
Hey, Mr. Trump. Check this out. I’m not the weaker sex, no matter how you try to spin it. With no prior running experience, I trained and worked hard for four months straight. I never skipped a day. I got up at 4:45am and trained on freezing cold mornings and dark and icy roads. I ended up getting an injury, but I didn’t let that stop me. I should have only run 10K, but I ran the full half-marathon. I completed is in 2:30 hours. I didn’t complain. I didn’t whine. I was strong. And I was victorious. So, how’s that for pus*y?
Speaking of pus*y, which you’re so fond of.
A pus*y is a man who hides his inadequacies behind false bravado. A man who thinks that he has a right to bully and push people around because he thinks he has the power and the money to do it. A man who just rants and raves about surface things that mean nothing. And when push comes to shove and he’s called to the carpet, reverts back to name-calling. Just like the bully on the school yard.
That’s the only kind of pus*y I’m aware of.
your vote can make a difference
We need to stand up and make our voices be heard. We cannot stand in the side lines and hope that someone else is going to make it better . If we don’t speak out against this kind of treatment and behavior, who do you think will? It’s not going to get fixed by itself.
I have a daughter. I dream of an even better world for her than there is today.
I dream for her to grow up strong and self-confident, to believe in herself and not to take crap from anyone.
I want her to believe that she is as good or better than any man.
That she can do anything that she sets her mind to. Go anywhere. She just needs to work hard and believe in herself.
Her job isn’t to be second fiddle. Her mission in life isn’t to be a play toy or bear children, or cook dinner or clean the house.
I want this for her and for all the daughters to be. Don’t you want the same?
So I’m going to vote. Maybe my vote will be the one that makes a difference.
How about you? Take a stand. Let your voice be heard. Register here.