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Past the Party Lines: How This Election Will Destroy our Country

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post, and there are a couple of reasons for this. First, I live in Brevard County, FL, so preparing for and going through Hurricane Matthew over the past week has certainly been a time-consuming, stressful experience. Thankfully, the Hurricane veered east an hour before hitting us, so the damage was minimal. 

The second reason for the delay in my post is literally just a loss for words. The political climate and intensifying hatred in our country has exhausted me. People on BOTH sides of the party lines have continued to increase their hatred, volatility, and violence towards one another, and it is so depressing to see. I’ve decided to use this small platform I’m creating to speak my mind. Hopefully it resonates with at least a few people.

Regardless of political affiliation, I think we can all agree our country is facing a huge problem with the upcoming presidential election, and I’m not talking about the candidates. I’m talking about us, the everyday American people. We are starting to hate each other. This country was founded upon our right to our beliefs, principles, and opinions. The beauty of this country is that we can all live together and respect each other’s rights to have different values, morals, and beliefs. The past few months have shown me that is quickly dissipating and becoming nonexistent. A month ago, Trump held a rally in my hometown. I was walking down the street near the rally, and there were protestors shouting profanities to who they thought were Trump supporters, such as, “You deserve to die if you support Trump!” “Fry that bitch, she is a Trump supporter!” and “The only woman stupid enough to vote for Trump is one whose husband is telling her she has to.” I was literally shocked. These people were not attacking Trump’s platform or his plan as President; they were attacking the people who wanted to vote for him. Let me rephrase that: they were not just attacking them, they were threatening them and saying they deserved to die. WHAT? I have not been near a Clinton rally as there has not been one close to my hometown, but I would bet money that there are protestors there doing the same thing. We are literally ripping each other to shreds. I know people on both sides of the party line who are terrified to say who they are going to vote for because they do not know what the backlash will be from people they know who support the opposing party. This is not what our country was founded upon and I’m terrified of where we are going.

This post is not a plea to vote for a certain candidate or to say that one side is right or wrong; rather, it is an imploration for people to take a step back and remember that at the end of the day, we need to respect each other. We all have our right to our beliefs. Trump and Clinton represent two opposing party lines who have differing views on how big or small the government should be, who should pay taxes and how much they should pay, and so on. It is impossible for everyone to share the same beliefs. Naturally, people will lean left, right, or fall somewhere in the middle and that’s OKAY. You can disagree with someone’s beliefs or behaviors, but please do NOT attack them as a person just because their beliefs are different than your own. Remember to just respect each other and remember that it is okay to agree to disagree. If we all cannot get better with respecting our differences (no matter WHAT our beliefs are), it won’t matter which presidential candidate gets elected. We will destroy our country ourselves.

Until the next journey,

Katelyn

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