Friday, January 20, 2017

Political Posts Are Just Annoying

I had trouble sleeping last night.  I kept thinking about a book I read when I was about 19 years old. It was basically about the human form of Satan being born and growing up and then rising to a status of power and eventually becoming President of the United States.  Obviously fiction.  But interesting.

I know what you're thinking...super dramatic Jaime, get over it.

Don't worry, I don't think Donald Trump is Satan!  But it's funny how that book would not leave my brain last night and I haven't thought of it in years and I can't even remember who wrote it or what it was called.  Funny how our minds work.

I don't talk politics.  If you comment on this post, I most likely will not respond.  Especially if you try and argue with me or call me an idiot.  I don't respond to crap like that. I am definitely never getting into a Facebook fight...if that ever happens, please someone slap me and delete my account forever!

It's not that I waver on what I believe or don't have strong convictions, it's just - what is the point?  There is no evidence I could provide to a homophobic person that would convince him or her that two men should be allowed to marry.  There is no story I could recite to convince a pro-life supporter of a woman's right to choose.  There is no statistic I could give to convince a gun lover to give up any of those rights.

And there is nothing, I mean nothing that I could say about Donald Trump that a Trump supporter would not argue with me about.  I care about my family and friends and I'm not interested in letting someone the likes of Donald Trump come between us.  He is not worth that.

But I won't lie, today feels...scary, sad, unsettling, defining - not necessarily in a good way.   It feels...surreal.  Like how is this possible?

I'm worried.  And I get it.  I know there are those of you that absolutely believe Obama is the Antichrist and Hillary was his lackey.  That she would have ruined us...just like I believe we are witnessing something horrible today.  I am not one of those people who believes that you are a replica of Donald Trump because you voted for him.

I just don't happen to agree with you because I don't believe those things about Obama or Clinton. I love the Obamas.  I voted for him twice...and not because I'm racist or stupid as I recently read on a bumper sticker (and seriously as a side note - WHY in the world do you say those kinds of things, it's just so ridiculous and just deepens the chasm in this country)...but because I believe in his policies and I really like him and I like that he's a role model for my children.  And now?  Well, unless he does a serious 180, I can't point to Trump and ask my kids to look up to him.  To model themselves after him.  I would have gladly pointed to Hillary Clinton and told Ainsley that she could be like her one day.

So I don't talk politics but here I am doing it...why?  And I hate reading politcal posts, I hate whey FB fills up with them.  So why would I do this?!?!?! Why have I joined the ranks of the annoying.  Because I haven't been able to write anything.  I just deleted 12 posts from my drafts box.  TWELVE!  Do you know how many people have begged me to write a new post?  I've lost count.  No matter how hard I tried to write about anything else I always came back to this.  It's just weighing on me so heavy.  So I'm hoping just dumping it and rambling about it for a few moments, I can move on.

I don't want him to fail, but I have very little faith.  I really hope he proves me wrong. I hope that in 4 years, I say, "Wow he's done so much good, I have to vote for him."

I will support him and pray for him and hope beyond my doubt that he is a good leader.  But I will fight if I have to.  I will fight every single thing he does that I think is detrimental to our country and it's people.  I'm calling my representatives today about Betsy DeVos, because I don't want my kids mixed up in anything she has to offer.  I will fight a wall.  Good grief I will go to Texas and chain myself to a bulldozer.  A wall!!!  I will stand with Muslims and homosexuals and transgenders and women and Jews and anyone who feels threatened.  I believe that this country should be a safe haven.  I believe in what it says on the Statue of Liberty.  I believe that people come here because they are looking for a better life.  And I believe that should be celebrated, not diminished.

There you have it, the one and only political post that I will most likely ever write.  You won't hear me discussing this - well maybe if I've had a few drinks and you ask the right questions.  I won't be shouting it from the roof tops.  I won't be soiling my children's minds with Donald Trump slurs.  But I will fight for my family.  I will fight for this country.  I will fight for what I believe in.

So bring it Mr. President...bring it.  I didn't vote for you, I thought you were an absolute joke, but you are my President now and I expect great things from you. So much more than anything you've done or said in the past.  We're all counting on it.

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