Yesterday, January 20th, 2016, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.
To me, this is not only terrifying, but seems unreal. I didn’t think it would be possible for this man, who has explicitly offended so many groups not only in America but across the globe, to win the election for our President. I am not only shocked by this, but it makes me a little disappointed to be an American.
Living abroad, I have been able to see the repercussions of his words, and they do reach far. Friends of mine, or people that I know all hear his words. They feel his words. And even if they aren’t sent directly to them, they still are offensive and wrong. How can our country who in the past 8 years has progressed in our ideas of acceptance vote for someone who is so blatantly the opposite?
Even his slogan: “Make America Great Again” implies a backwards movement – regression to a time when our country was less accepting. Take away lgbt+ rights, take away women’s rights, take away methods to conserve and save the environment for our children, take away minority groups rights; that is Trump’s America. And that is definitely not an America I want to be a part of.
Sure, the idea of someone who was not part of the government, someone who is a businessman and who says he can help the economy is appealing to some. To the workers in farms who support him because he said he’s going to remember them. However, as said, he is a businessman. To him, it’s not about the people, it’s all about the bottom line. Getting the most profit he can. And sure, that may help the economy, but no, it will not help the farmers who are saying now he’s going to remember them. He only cares about getting whatever done he can to better himself.
Additionally, a country is not a business! Nor should it be run like one. Running the government of a country such as the United States is complex, it’s difficult and although from the outside it may look like a business of sorts, it cannot be run like one.
Through all of this, even if he still seems appealing, when this person is misogynistic and racist I don’t think one can say that he is justified for this job at all.
Being President is not just about running a country and making the bottom line. It’s about the people. It’s about being a role model and standing up for each and every person and representing them equally. And Mr. Trump certainly does not stand for each person equally.
I know what I have just written cannot change the fact that this man will be our President for the next 4 years, but it can show us what we need to do: stand up for ourselves.
We cannot stop fighting for what we believe, we cannot just sit and give up and give in to any oppressive manners. We are citizens of the United States of America and as citizens, it is our duty to stand up for each other – each and every one of us – whether we are of different races, gender, backgrounds, it doesn’t matter.
As Barack Obama said:
“We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too.”
To me, being a citizen of the United States of America means that I am able to be who I am no matter what, as can anyone else. We are all equal, no matter what. We all came here at one point to find freedom, to express our beliefs.
‘The land of the free’ doesn’t seem so free anymore if we have this right taken away.
So, again, we need to continue fighting for what we believe. Fight for women, fight for lgbt+ rights, fight for the environment, fight for freedom of religion, fight for every race, fight for every single person, because in the end we are all the same.
Thank you. And remember:
“Our destiny is not written for us, but by us.” – Barack Obama