I am disgusted right now. I just read an article about a Muslim woman kicked out of the Donald Trump rally for silently protesting his disgusting, unfounded, and utterly hateful comments about Syrian refugees. I have never been one to really pay attention to politics, mainly because it involves a bunch of people lying and scheming just to try to gain popularity. I can't stand liars, therefore I pretend that politicians exist on their own island somewhere far, far away from me. HOWEVER, I absolutely cannot turn my head and pretend that this horrifying display of racism and sexism isn't happening IN 2016.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
When I was 17 I was in the Marine Corps, so it has been drilled into my psyche not to disrespect anyone in the chain of command that includes the US President. Once that person is sworn into office, I will stand behind them. Why? BECAUSE THEY ARE RUNNING THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT CONTINUE TO FUNCTION AS ONE NATION. I am not saying that I will agree with everything they say or do, or even most of it. I AM saying that the more we fight against one another within our own borders, the greater chance we have of collapsing as a nation.
I think we can all agree that we would rather not want that to happen?
So what exactly did I miss that has made it okay to publicly, loudly, and as a crowd boo and taunt and ridicule a person solely because of their religious preference? Have I learned how to travel back in time to 1842 and just not realized it yet? (They had fabulous wi-fi connection back then, if that is the case!) Or have we as a country totally and completely LOST OUR FREAKING MINDS?
This is one of those situations where I am speechless, yet so alarmed that I feel the need to say something.
Anybody who is an American citizen, and has a few generations of citizenship in their families should be standing up to protect what their ancestors fought and died for.
620,000 people were killed fighting in the American Civil War from 1861-1865. That is 4 years of fear, and hatred, and bloodshed, followed by unification, accords, and peace.
We are throwing away everything they died fighting for because in some mob mentality that is sure to ruin everything that we hold sacred.
Good lord, OUR KIDS NEED TO GROW OLD HERE.
How can we forget that so quickly, just because some rich man with a sharp tongue has the ability to control what his followers are seeing and what is kept from their view?
Open your eyes, people. This is not the way a strong, impenetrable country is supposed to be run.
United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
Think before you vote. And MAKE SURE YOU VOTE.