“The Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November”
Whether you’re for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Jill Stein, Gary Johnson, Bernie Sanders… or whoever else you are for, today is a big day!
Well, for you Americans out there, anyway. Hello everyone, and it’s 8 November 2016. Welcome to the day the American people decide who will be the key figure in their political system for the next 4, possibly 8 years.
But, no matter who gets elected- as Theodore Roosevelt said;
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official, save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country”.
I think some people will need reminded of this come 9 November. It seems this election has ripped some people apart. I’ve seen friends of mine end friendships over what candidate the other is voting for.
I don’t want this post to become some overly political rant, however, I’d like to hit a few points.
1.) George Washington on political parties is life:
“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
2.) What’s with the violence?
The First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
Why has it become a competition to see who’s rallies can get more out of hand?
3.) Can my friends… not?
I was told by one of my friends to take the test at https://www.isidewith.com/ to see which candidate I side with. He’s a pretty big Trump supporter, so when my results were that I side 88% with Jill Stein, he wasn’t happy.
Disclaimer: This doesn’t mean, of course, that my vote would’ve been for Jill Stein.
I’m just a tad frustrated when people say “It’s a good thing you’re not voting” when they hear someone supporting a candidate that’s not their own. Some people think the same about you, just saying. Either way though, it is a beautiful right given to any United States Citizen over the age of 18 to be able to vote. And they can choose who they want, not who their friends think is cool to vote for. If that happens to be the case, that they like who their friends think is cool, so be it.
But it is absolutely not okay to try to degrade someone based on who they’re voting for.
The point of voting is for the public to voice their own opinion… not to vote to fit in or be cool. And yes, I know that sometimes as a young adult this can be an issue. Hell, I’m sure it’s an issue in every age group. But why? I wish some of these questions could be answered.
Side note: yes, I understand and I am very pro peaceful protest and campaigning, as well as talking to your friends about your political stances and beliefs. I personally just believe however, that this has gone past that. Yes, it’s your Facebook account and you can delete people for supporting X Candidate all you’d like if that’s what you so choose, but if you were dying and had to go to a hospital, would you really tell the doctor “no” to trying to save you simply because of the candidate they support? Life goes on. The election will be over. Everyone will be upset no matter what, but they’ll find something else to argue about soon enough.
This post is becoming much too rant-like for my liking… so I’ll stop here. I suppose my point with this was just… Happy Election Day!
A presidential election hasn’t destroyed the earth yet, and I think we’ll be alright this time, too.
God save the queen.