D Day aka Election Day
The campaign leading up to this election has been one of the most tumultuous in history! For the first time in my lifetime... I am not looking forward to an election, instead I'm scared. Donald J Trump aka the kitty grabber is the Republican nominee for President of the United States of America.
I keep trying to figure out how we, 'MERICA, The Land of the Free and Home of the Brave got here... But alas! D day is this Tuesday November 8th and it's time for decisions. It's down to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Although many of us are not thrilled about our choices, here are a few reasons why we should vote despite that fact.
1.) We weren't always allowed to vote.
We Women folk and Black and Brown people weren't always allowed to vote. Although the 15th Amendment passed in 1870 said that ALL men were allowed to vote... they were fibbers.
What they meant to say was, All white men could vote. Women weren't afforded that right until August 18, 1920 with the 19th Amendment. Black people had to wait much longer. Poll taxes, grandfather clauses and a series of other outlandish but legal barriers were finally outlawed with the Voting Rights Act passed on August 6, 1965. In 1965, black people were finally given the right to vote. 1965 was 51 years ago y'all... Only 51. Let's put that in perspective shall we:
Viola Davis, Martin Lawrence, and Chris Rock were all born in 1965. I say that to say... it really wasn't that long ago.
People marched, people were beaten, and people died for the right to vote... It's important that their efforts were not in vain.
2.) Choice is a beautiful thing!
No matter what happens on Tuesday... This election is going to shape the next 4 years in our country in a MAJOR way! We have a say in what happens there. We can choose whatever candidate suits our fancy. While it's true that shenanigans and Tom Foolery during this campaign have partnered up for insurmountable levels of pettiness, we can't let that stop us from making a choice! Not voting because you're disappointed with our options is a cop out... don't cop out!
3.) I couldn't possibly live with myself knowing I didn't do everything I could do to ensure that Donald Trump is NOT our next president.
I've lost a few facebook friends over the election already so this should weed out any other folks that are lower case or upper case MAD about what I'm going to say below... #IDONTEVENCARE!
I took a trip with my family to Morocco during the spring of this year. Some of the conversations that stood out most in my mind were the ones surrounding this election... The biggest questions were "What is America doing? How is Trump even a candidate?" This is still something I struggle with... daily. My face hurts from all of the face palms!
How can anyone in our country support such blatant bigotry and hate-mongering?!? Donald Trump has respect for NO ONE! Not for women, not for any person of color (*Insert "There's my African American quote" and his comments that Mexicans are rapists), and you know... let's build a wall. I am unable to CAN! He mocks the disabled, war veterans, and anyone else who disagrees with him.... and yet some folks are still saying they will vote for him. Party Blindness has stripped some people of Ev-Er-Y ounce of common sense!
Oh, and for all of you folks that profess to be Christians and you Right to Lifers... you sound ridiculous! What's so Christian about multiple marriages, unscrupulous business practices, tax evasion, and sexual assault? You can't say that because Hillary supports a woman's right to choose and Trump is against abortion that he is somehow the moral compass. You can't say that you support life in the womb, but once that life is here, if it's either a woman or a person of color, you don't care what happens to them. Some of the same folks saying that they are Pro-Life are Anti-Black Lives Matter... Please Explain!
No really... I seriously DO NOT GET IT!!!
For the record, I Do Not support Abortion, and I think it's really sad when anyone is faced with making that decision. That being said, I do think it's their decision to make and I don't think the government has a right to tell someone what they can and can't do with their bodies. Also, with minimum wage at $7.25, who can afford to feed themselves let alone a child/children?!? Oh and with Trump in office, and his proposed idea to bring back Stop and Frisk in all its unconstitutional bliss, I'm fairly certain that the number of #hashtags of black men dying for just existing will increase, and with it the number of single mothers. Trump has no idea what life is like for the average American, and if you're not rich, white, and male he doesn't care to know! This is what you sound like defending him:
I really feel like for A LOT of Trump supporters are beside themselves, because First a Black man in The White House and NOW we could have a Woman.... *GASP*... What's our country coming to?!? And to all of you stuck with this kind of small minded thinking... Go BACK TO YOUR CAVES!!!
I will never understand it and the only thing I can think of that will help me cope with where we stand as a country, is to vote against Trump on Tuesday!
4.) For anyone confused about my reasons in #3 I'm just going to leave this here!
Well that's it for this edition of Random with Rizz... Until next time Love and Light! xoxo