This election has brought out the best and worst of people. It has created an even greater divide in this country. I was taught growing up to be a leader, not a follower. I was taught to love everyone equally and to never judge. I don’t know if those values have been lost amongst other families but I believe we need to speak of it more. Everyone has their own ideas, opinions, thoughts, we cannot control what goes through another human beings mind; we can control how we react when we hear it. If you decide you are against something I support, that’s fine with me but don’t add hate and rage to it. Hate and rage add fuel to this burning fire in America right now. Peaceful protests are turning into to crime and vandalism. Police having to resort to pepper spraying or spraying you with a high pressure hose because the crowd is out of control. Do you really think the men and women who fight to protect our streets wake up wanting to hurt you? I’m very good friends with a gentleman who wants to be a cop so he can save lives and protect all. I’m almost certain that most Police Officers joined for that same reason.
We as a country have taken a giant leap forward and it’s up to us to keep moving in that direction. If the President of the United States has a strong opinion about something, that doesn’t mean we need to go out and break into buildings or attack our police enforcement; we just disagree. It doesn’t mean we now need to live with the same opinion; we live in America and we have the right to have differences of opinion without shoving it down each others throats. Yes, this election has brought out the absolute worst in us. On both sides of this election I saw endless posts, endless news stories, endless conversations filled with hate. What happened to a healthy debate? a civilized debate? What happened to agreeing to disagree. At what point did we forget to respect one another for who they are and where they are at in their life. I understand not everyone is Pro-Life, on board with defunding Planned Parenthood, Pro-LGBT rights, on board with immigrants fleeing from their country to find the freedom we were born into. We need not forget just how truly free we are. We don’t fear Trump, we fear change. We are comfortable and complacent until something strikes a nerve in the American people. It’s okay to feel angry or disagree, what’s not okay is how we’ve adjusted to handling modern day issues. We shouldn’t be fighting each other, we shouldn’t be looting and starting street fires, or breaking businesses windows in. We shouldn’t let a video of a police officer handling the criminal in an unjust way allow us to decide every police officer is a crooked one. Yes, I agree that Police Officers sometimes abuse their power, but does that mean they all do? No, they don’t. I’ve come across all different Police Offers with vastly different personalities, but never have I ever felt that my life was in danger by the men and women in blue. If you obey the law, which you’re supposed to, why would you assume a Police Officer is going to shoot you the minute he walks up to your window or simply asks if he can speak to you? When did we become smart asses that need to challenge the authority of an officer who is just trying to do his job? If you run from a officer, he’s going to chase you. If you swing at an officer, he’s going to restrain you. If an officer simply asks you what you’re doing, why do we become defensive and start preaching our rights as if he doesn’t already know them from training. I’ve stopped watching the news on TV for the sole fact that I never see a happy story unless it was a picture that went viral online. That should paint a picture for you right away, we the people need to share a post 600,000 times before the media deems it an acceptable story to plaster on the six o’clock news. Yes, world issues should be discussed, everyday issues should be discussed, but so should solutions and heart warming stories. Have you noticed that when you watch the news it’s never them agreeing or speaking about a topic, it’s them picking it apart and finding every single fault about the topic. It’s as if the media is instilling on us to question or object to EVERYTHING instead of accepting it for what it is and how to move forward from it or make a positive change. We focus so much on the negative that good deed’s go unnoticed. We need to take a stand, to stick together, to love one another despite our differences. We need to re-establish love and abolish the hate.
We want to be heard but we’ve lost our way, we think violence is the answer now when it’s never been. Violence causes pain, pain gives no room for change, for growth. We the people need to stick together, we need to find compassion in our hearts and protect one another from what the future brings. The way we handle ourselves today is deeply concerning but we aren’t lost and we haven’t lost, we are America and together we can make a change.