I’m from rural West Texas

I grew up in a small town and rural community in West Texas.  I was raised in a conservative family, but I never developed or showed much interest in politics myself.  I automatically assimilated into a Republican identity without understanding what it meant.  The last time I voted, I voted a straight Republican ticket because I didn’t know anything about any of the candidates, including their names.  Now that I am an educated adult, who is willing and able to think for myself, I see how political party affiliation has segregated people both inside and outside of government.  I am now choosing to become active and aware in my quest to discover, investigate, and support senators and representatives who are making choices that empower the highest and greatest good for all.  I am willing to support Republicans, Democrats, and other party members who are walking the walk, not merely talking the talk.  I wish to engage in direct correspondence with politicians and citizens who are committed to making a meaningful contribution to reclaim a government that is for the people and by the people.

As a citizen of the United States of America, I turned my back on my country by silencing my own voice and disengaging from the system as much as possible, without leaving the country.  I now clearly see that my actions of choosing not to participate were of cowardice and negligence.  We live in a country where we have a right to vote, but there is a substantial number of people, like myself, who have lost faith and all hope in our political system and government.  The only way to restore our hope in America, and hold politicians and law makers accountable for their promises, is to be actively involved in the election process.

This most recent election of 2016 was a catalyst to my awakening.  I did not vote.  I am part of the reason why we have a President ruling the country with judgement, fear, and negativity.  Now, more than ever, it is time for every citizen of these United States of America to wake up and smell the roses.  We have collectively created this situation and we are responsible for correcting it going forward.  We can no longer afford to embrace the Us versus Them mentality that has undermined the prosperity and evolution of this nation.  We are a divided nation, separated and stifled by ignorance, racism, and bigotry.  President Trump is the evident illustration and manifestation of our dichotomy.  The election of our dear brother, President Donald J Trump, is a result of the American people’s desperation for change.  Trump’s supporters are in such desperation that they are willing to compromise their own moral compass by overlooking his shortcomings of morality.  It is no secret that Trump arose to his success and power in business and politics by screwing, abusing, and belittling others.  He coined catchy phrases such as “Crooked Hillary” and “Lying Ted Cruz,” to smolder these muggy associations into the minds of the American voters.  What about the lies and crooked deals riddled along his own path to fame, fortune, and into the oval office?  Please keep in mind that I am not berating brother Donald.  My intention is simply to bring light to Trump’s character and temperament, which are illustrated and defined in the words that have come from his own mouth, and are documented on video broadcasts throughout the internet and television.

Teachers who vote for Trump are supporting bullying.  Women who vote for Trump are supporting the abuse and objectification of women.  The Great Wall Trump wishes to build across our southern border is simply a tactical distraction from the Great Wall he is building around his government that separates him from the people.  He grows more powerful with every person he appoints to office.  Instead of “draining the swamp,” Trump is swapping out the alligators to his own agenda.  My prominent concern is not with Trump’s moral fiber, but with the choices and environmental policies he implements and destroys that are jeopardizing the quality of life for our children and future generations to come. President Trump continues to lie in press conferences every week, yet people still support him.

It is only fair now to address the alternative, Hillary R. Clinton, who is no saint either.  I did not feel any safer with the idea of voting for Hillary, who has told her fair share of lies as well.  I was so discouraged by the perceived moral character of these two candidates, that I refused to lend my support to either one.  There were so many derogatory attacks going on; I admit, in some instances, I was under the influence of false news stories, which have since been debunked.  This is another significant challenge we face in the wide-open access of information on the internet and television.  Many of the stories we are presented with have no factual backing, and a lot of people, including myself, have failed to fact check the stories we circulate and buy into.  This is another reason why I am choosing to become more involved and responsible with who, how, and what I choose to support and promote.   We live in a society where people have resolved to accept that lying and manipulation is the status quo for politicians and Presidents, and that we can’t do better. But we can, and we will do better.  One respectable difference that now separates Donald and Hillary, is that Donald continues to blame and bad-mouth those who shame or defy him, while Hillary has openly apologized and taken responsibility for many of her shortcomings and mistakes.  I am grateful for our dear brother, Donald, and our dear sister, Hillary, who are playing their roles so perfectly. We needed characters of this magnitude to shake the planet and wake everyone up.  Our coffee break is over.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”  – Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America.

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