I apologize in advance if my viewpoints do not match the viewpoints of the readers who read this article. Please read this with an open mind and hold responses of a negative tone. Thank you.
I’m amazed at the talk that has been had this election cycle over the building of a wall that would allegedly serve the purposes of protecting our borders and hindering illegal entry into our country. While many of Trump’s supporters were in favor of building a wall at our southern border and Clinton’s supporters rejected the idea as a hilariously infantile suggestion, something happened that perhaps none of us were ready for – A wall was built. It didn’t require hundreds of thousands of man-hours to build this wall. It almost seemed as if it spontaneously appeared on the scene without even as much as a hint of its construction recognized by the people. It is amazing that we didn’t see it growing because it was our very people who were laying one brick after another onto the mortar that was spread by the masses. By the time an announcement was made alerting the American people of who won the election, the wall was already built. This wall didn’t serve the purpose of dividing us from the threats or attacks of outsiders. It was built to separate us from one another. So much for stronger together. So much for great again. Just look at where we are now.
This may be the first time in my life that I have actually watched on as friendships were destroyed over politics. I saw it in my very community and I saw it online. It’s happening everywhere. People are rioting over Trump’s election. Like it or not our system gave us Donald Trump. Accept it or not, that system did not give us Hillary Clinton. So here we are standing on opposite sides of a great divide. We are a people damaged by the separation we have placed between ourselves. It’s easy to blame the politicians, but their race has ended. We fueled their fire. We scoff at a physical wall, which can be scaled by some, while building emotional fortifiers that no human can ever cross. Shame on us, America. So we have some philosophical differences between us. Who doesn’t? Were there not many Republicans who rejected Trump in the primaries or many Democrats who fought for another popular candidate rather than Clinton? But when those races ended, look at how the parties came back together and worked to make a difference for what they believed in. People began to work with others from their own party again. It seemed as if nothing could divide them or rip them from their candidate. Now another race has ended. It’s time for more assimilation. No matter what happens with a wall being built at our southern border, we all have a responsibility to one another to tear down the wall we have built in this election cycle. Our passion is what keeps us going but it should never keep us from opening ourselves to the reality that we are stronger together and that we can be great again.
This election has opened my eyes to many things I had not realized about our country. First of all, our system works. You may be happy with the results or you may not, but our system works. Believe me when I say that people who feel they were overlooked in this election will be out in force in the next one to ensure their voices are heard. Their votes will change the dynamics of our government. This cycling process has worked for many years and I refuse to believe this one election is the end of that. We have a divide in this country, and we should recognize it. But we don’t need to separate. We need to stand together. Today, this statement may be truer than it has ever been. I’m calling out to society with this blog post. I’m not an avid writer and I rarely post to this blog so it’s possible no one will even read these words, but I beg of you all to take the time to hear the voices of those who stand opposite of you. Quit listening to their shallow words of where their allegiance lies. Instead, open your hearts and find depth in the why question. Why do they feel the way they do about this issue? Ask what they can teach us about our own stance. Let’s look to ourselves and ask what is it about our choices or stances on issues that makes others want to separate themselves from us. It’s time to grow up. If we don’t we are leaving a real mess for our children and those who come behind us.
I am a white man from a very rural community. I have a very limited view. In my studies, I look to other cultures. It is important for me to understand the inner workings of these cultures so I can work in a professional capacity. But while I try to view things through the lenses of others, I truly only have one lens of my own. I can tell you my experience. I know nothing of yours. I can only attempt to empathize and understand what I haven’t experienced myself. I have not lived the struggles of those in the LGBTQ community as they seek equal rights. I’ve not faced life as an African-American or experienced how society responds to them as I have experienced society responding to myself. I have never been a pregnant woman placed in the terrifying position of deciding how to respond to news of an unexpected pregnancy when life’s plans were leading in an opposite direction at the time. For that matter, I haven’t been a woman at all – experiencing the gender bias that may exist against me in a world that in some cases are dominated by an opposite sex. I haven’t been one of the parents of a young person murdered by an illegal immigrant who was scheduled for a deportation that never happened. I have not had to fear the loss of a Social Security check in my later years of life. I don’t own a gun so I haven’t had to fear losing the rights to owning one. To some this is viewed as a form of protection. Obviously, this list can go on and on. My point is: why are these people fighting for their cause? Why do any of us hold to our political beliefs so strongly? Do we even want to know or are we so self-absorbed that we refuse to even open our eyes to it?
It’s like this. I vote for the issues I care about. They may not be the same as yours. Yours may not be the same as mine. I trust that you have good reason to vote the way you do. I don’t think people are naturally bad. I think people are good. Maybe that is just wishful thinking. Maybe I’m the one who is blind here. But I refuse to look at anyone on either side of the aisle and see something that disgusts me. What disgusts me is what we all have built – A wall that divides us. Because I am only me, I need you to help me see life from your perspective. The keys to each of our destinies are locked up inside of one another. It’s time we quit spewing hate and division and begin to pull together and find some common ground and a place we can work from. It is my opinion that our viewpoints of both of our main candidates were weakened as time went on in this election season. It is probably also true that our views of one another have descended as well. Let’s get back up. Let’s work together. Let’s make a difference for this world and tear down the wall that separates us. It’s a horrible divide. It’s a great divide. It needs to go so we can join one another once again in unity as a big family that loves and respects one another.
Can we do that? I suggest we at least try. If you can’t, well, you are hurting yourself. But not only yourself. You are hindering a great process for your community. We need a healing. It’s time to let go of the rhetoric and position ourselves in a place where we can truly grow no matter what our personal politics are. We can’t hate one another over any of this. We all say things we shouldn’t. We all get caught up in moments of negative regard toward specific ideas that don’t tend to match our own system of understanding. but for the most part, I believe we are good people who would truly do anything for one another if we could. My hand is out. Will you offer yours too?