something to honk about
I respect the voters who elected Donald Trump to be their representative in Washington DC. It didn’t start out that way. In the beginning of his bid for Republican nominee, I viewed all his supporters as a faceless mass with ideas diametrically opposed to mine. I didn’t think of them as individuals. This 2016 election cycle has taught me a lot. I’ve had to examine my own bias and I’ve been pushed to value and respect the experience and opinions of people that disagree with me. I might even call it cathartic.
I watched this video:
When I shared it, I responded with this comment “Its so good to see the human, struggling but proud and honorable, side to this political fairy tale we are being sold. Because there is so much there that I can relate to; those people are me; in a different place, in a different time. I feel really moved by that.”
That was before the election results came in. Prior to election night, I was living in Denial. I live in the progressive, liberal bubble of California. I thought there was NO WAY Trump would win the election. Boy was I wrong.
I like to admit that because in recognizing that I was wrong, I confirm that I have learned and moved forward in my thinking. Let me be clear, that doesn’t mean that I’m right now. It just means that I am less wrong about my perceptions of the world.
But I didn’t stop at merely respecting the rights of people to have a different opinion than mine and their right to representation. No, I made myself go deeper. I made myself research their reasons and their motivations and I made myself find common ground with them. I looked for ways I was similar to them. I looked for opinions that I agreed with. I looked for challenges they face that I have faced also.
I found humility in my search. I found respect. I found that I care.
I hope Donald Trump cares, too. I hope his promises on the campaign trail were not just lip service. I hope he tries his hardest to back it up with policies aimed at helping the people struggling right now. I hope he will strongly and emphatically renounce racist attacks on minority citizens. Because he is charged with working for the betterment of all the citizens in this great country, starting now. That is the job he applied for and that is the job he has been hired to do. I am willing to give him a chance to prove himself. And if he does a bad job, I will say,
“Donald, You’re Fired!”
Do you think I’m less wrong than I used to be? Is it okay to respect people who voted for a candidate who inflamed racism in our country and advocated violence against citizens? How have your views changed in light of the 2016 election results?