I believe strongly in the idea of America being a great country. A unified country. A country I have, and will, fight for. I believe the path greatness lies in humility, and giving. In kindness, and love. In acceptance, and honesty. During this election cycle, the foundations of my beliefs were espoused in a candidate that’s no longer running. The antithesis of those beliefs lives on as a demagogue dangerously close to damaging or destroying the things I hold dear.
Everyone must make the choice that feels right in their heart. My litmus for the “right” choice has always centered on whether I am holding hatred, fear, loathing, or judgment in my heart, vs holding love, faith, understanding, and thoughtfulness.
Today, I voted — proudly — for Hillary Clinton. She may not be Bernie Sanders, but she does hold the poise, and expertise needed to lead our country. I have not seen a leader in Trump, I have seen a dictator. A man who will get what he wants, when he wants it, without regard for whom it may hurt. His words tell his story, which speak to the hatred, fear, loathing, and judgement that stand in contrast to what I believe greatness is.
I’m hoping for a great-er America. One where we see the similarities in people more than the differences. Where we get mad at each other for the stupid things we do, rather than for our gender, race, and sexual preference. An America that thinks first about how we can help others, rather than how we can just help ourselves. An America where people are willing to take the more difficult path towards love, kindness, and acceptance.
This is what I believe, and how I think. Just to be clear.
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