I JUST NEEDED TO WRITE....

November 10, 2016

It's been two days since the election and it's safe to say I have never been as affected by any public event in my entire life. I'm having a really, really hard time wrapping my head around it and yesterday I spent most of the day in a fog fighting tears. Not because I so desperately wanted Hillary Clinton or another candidate to win, but because our country chose a man who's moral character makes me sick to my stomach. I will say that again - I am okay with the fact that Hillary lost, but I am not okay with who we voted in. A man who proudly ran his campaign on racism, sexism and greed among many other nasty traits. How is this a man we can teach our children to respect? How do we say to our children work hard, be kind and generous. Be fair and righteous and treat your neighbors and fellow Americans equally? How do we teach them these things when the leader of our country is proud to be unkind, racist and sexist? How?

I have two daughters and the man we chose to run our country has been involved in numerous sexual assault cases and publicly belittles women. I am supposed to be proud and hopeful in raising them in this country? They are being raised alongside boys who are now being taught that sexual assault is okay and that you can grab and rape women and still be president of the united states. I'm terrified for them. I'm terrified for my black friends and neighbors who are already seeing and feeling blatant racism. I'm incredibly saddened for the immigrant families in our own city who are frantically leaving the country for fear of being deported and tearing their families apart. This is all happening RIGHT NOW and it's real and it hasn't even been two full days.

I'm sad and confused that so many people I know voted for Trump and many solely because of his public stance on abortion (which he only recently decided was his stance.) One issue of so many to consider when electing the president of our country. Do you not see that he is in fact anything but pro-life? He is a man who does not care about the lives of the people in our country today, right now. I care deeply about the unborn but my personal view when choosing who will run our country surrounds ALL the issues collectively. I cannot vote based on one issue, even though I do care about it deeply, because look at what we have now. This man and I'm scared. I think we are way beyond the point of arguing over who the better candidate was because that part is done, but where do we go from here? How do we ensure the safety of our black, hispanic, LGTBQ friends and of our girls? How do we unite when so many of us feel completely shattered and sick to our stomachs? How do I stand in unity with someone who's morals I now question? These are real questions and I'm trying so hard to find the light through all of this.

I would love to bring people together to discuss our differences so we can better understand each other. Maybe that's how we unite? I want to hear you, I'm just having a hard time right now.

8 COMMENTS:

  1. This is just one very beginning step, but reading this article a few months ago kind of prepared me for this moment: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/september/i-overlooked-rural-poor-then-trump-came-along.html

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  2. I've been following your instagram/reading your blog for a while now. I started because you lived in Cincinnati and we are Reds fans from Virginia so I loved seeing snippets of Cincinnati. I continued reading/following because I love your posts. Your love for your children and husband are refreshing and admirable. It is very sad that we didn't have better candidates to vote for. I think it just shows the overall moral decline in America. I am a born-again conservative Christian so I filter everything from what I read in the Bible. As far as teaching your precious girls (such a gift from God!!) to respect the president, I would teach them to respect the office of presidency. The Bible is clear about submitting to authority. Fortunately, your girls are young and mostly oblivious to this right now. When they do understand you can be honest with them and tell them you don't agree with him, but you still respect the office. As far as the qualities you listed to teach your girls how to live, they are the same qualities of Jesus. He is the One we need to look to as to how to live. If more people were truly looking to Jesus we wouldn't be in this mess. ;) I also don't think you need to be afraid though. God is ultimately in control and we have to trust Him. I am praying that Trump will choose Godly, moral men and women for his cabinet. It was probably therapeudic for you to write this. By the way, my children are adults and I am expecting my first grandchild. :)

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  3. From Scotland, UK, i am equally sick and terrified. Thank you for (beautifully) putting into words what so many of us feel. The POTUS is the person who ensures world peace. I never ever thought in my lifetime that i would experience the fear of potential war like my parents, aunts, and uncles did but NOW that fear is very real. I dont know how this happened, how he managed to open the floodgates and allow sexism and racism and hatred and spill out. I dont know how you, we, the world are supposed to come to terms with this.

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  4. I feel the same way as you do and have been in a fog since the election. It is not about a republican vs. democrat but the person who was chosen, his values and the hate and fear he is spreading. I am terrified for what this means for myself as a woman, my nieces, my gay and lesbian friends and family members. My heart breaks for all of us who feel as though we aren't being seen and that our country would vote for someone who is offensive and hateful to so many groups. I shared this quote on my facebook after the election and while I am sure it seemed mellow dramatic to some, it is a good reminder our jobs are to stand up for the marginalized populations and not let ANY group become "the other". Thank you for using your platform in this way- I have hope in our country because so many people are refusing to accept this and I think this will be our time to come together and stand up against bigotry, sexism and hate.

    Quote from Martin Niemöller:
    First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.
    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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