This election cycle is finally over, and though I thought I would be saying I was glad it was over, now I’m not sure I can’t even say that.
I’m incredibly disappointed in the results of this election, but maybe I’m more disappointed in the fact that our country chose to elect a man who in no way is qualified to run this nation, much less fix the current state of the government. Add to that the fact that this man has said so many degrading comments to minorities, women, LGBTQ+, immigrants, Muslims — just anyone who isn’t like him, yet half of our nation allowed that to slide by.
Really, I could go on and on and on about how I feel about this, and it would be a very sad and disappointed post about how this reflects the status of America and the people in it, what this means for women in our nation, the gap between the millennial vs the older vote, etc.
But what’s happened has happened. What this tells us is that America is a very divided nation, a desperate and angry nation who is willing to do anything in order to generate change to the current system.
Like Clinton said, it is going to be painful, but we should fight to protect America’s core values of the rule of law, equal rights and freedom of worship. We also must recognize that there’s a lot of work needed to address the problems of our government and the state of the nation.
Clinton did win the popular vote, and that means that the rest of us are NOT just going to sit back and watch passively. We will not allow America to lose all that it’s gained in the past decades, and we will fight and challenge any action that threatens the very ideals of our nation. We will be optimistic and keep our heads high, because it is in the moment we begin to fear — the moment we begin to hide away in our corners — that we truly lose.
This is most certainly not the end. We must continue fighting for our values, and we must continue fighting for what we believe is right. Just remember, we are all in this together: we want the best for our country, and we are always stronger together.
In Clinton’s own words, “This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”