Disclaimer: This is my personal opinion and is in no way meant to belittle or criticize others for their views on the issue. I welcome your input down in the comments below 🙂
On January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. This was as a result of a vote cast by the American people, a result that personally upsets me because I cannot respect a man as the leader of my country, if he cannot respect me in return. His isolationist proposals to distance ourselves from Mexico, his shocking outlawing of abortion, and his blatant disregard and disrespect for women and people of color (both of which I fall into) is revolting. I really don’t understand how anyone, president or not, could stand to outlaw a medical procedure that saves rape victims from deadly consequences of their misfortune, and saves unborn children from living a life his or her parents are not prepared to build for them.
In the area I live in, Western Washington, the majority of the population is liberal and does not support Trump or his policies, but of course, Trump supporters reside in my hometown as well. I see panic and protests near my home; there are shootings and rowdy fights in and outside the city. I see my friends fearing for the stability of their family, scared of being targeted because of their race. Most shocking of all, is I see the effect that comes from a bully using his position to get away with the things he says. Does he not realize, that in casually calling people by scrutinizing and racist names, he gives permission to the younger generation to do the same? Does he not realize that the people he stereotypes and bullies, are the people he now has a responsibility to take care of, and aid? Now people everywhere are watching incident after incident on TV as the chaos slowly starts to unfold a mere week after the inauguration. I, however, trying to be as optimistic as I can (within my own political ideals and views), have a different take on this matter.
Yes, Donald Trump is a man I cannot respect, though I would like to be able to. Yes, his disrespect for the majority of the American people is one that does not morally earn him the position of President. But while the election has led American society into a temporarily disrupted and uneasy state, this tremor is waking up society as a result. I mean, just look at the Women’s Marches that took place across the nation. Look at all the women (many of whom were previously unable to confidently raise their voices) who found a hope and a unity in their communities and stood up for themselves. Look at all the mothers, daughters, aunts, sons, uncles, husbands, and wives who came together to raise a unified voice and show support for one another. I think that knowing it is possible to bring together over 1 million people like that is powerful, and it brings us together as a national and global community.
I apologize that this went a bit long, but my point is this: the first step is recognizing a problem, but the next step is reaching out and doing something to address the issue. And after so long, America is finally waking up to the realization that they are in the midst of taking that second step, and in coming together as a nation, we the people can achieve a greater good than any President can legislate.