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Election Day 2016 [I will use my voice!]

Before I say anything, I’m going to simply preface this with : These are all my opinions and as an American I am entitled to them. As you are entitled to your own.

As of today I have voted in 3 presidential elections – and this has been by far the scariest one yet.
Politics has always been a rough issue for me, but I refuse to shy away from it. I’m lucky enough to live in a country where I am able to use my voice – whether anyone listens to little ol’ me is another issue entirely. I’ve never been one who is too afraid to voice my opinions and my concerns; and this morning as I was still wrestling with what to do I wondered.

What part of our country is so dense they decided a reality star with countless business, economic, and social failures would make a good president?
What part of our country is so dense they decided someone under any sort of criminal investigation would make a good president? (FBI results aside, as yes I do know the outcome)
Maybe I’m naive but I always though the President should represent the best part of the American ideal?

Regardless of the results tonight – I’m afraid of the outcome.
If Donald wins –
I’m afraid to live in a world in which it’s okay for men to joke about sexual assault. Oh it’s just guy talk they say. As if that excuses his horrible words. The only potential you have of me excusing “Locker Room Talk” is 16-year-old boys in an actual locker room trying to impress their equally immature friends.
I’m afraid to live in a world where it’s okay to make fun of people with disabilities. It’s never okay to joke about a disability or handicap in any way.
I’m afraid of the ideals his supports spew into my world.
I’ve been catcalled, I’ve been grabbed, and I’ve been hit and shoved for ignoring said catcalls and unasked for touches.
I’ve been called uneducated and many words I would never repeat for simply disagreeing with a man’s point of view. Yes I have a uterus and a vagina, no it doesn’t make me weak or stupid. Sorry you would think it does.
I’m afraid that my gay and trans friends will live in a world undeserving of their beauty and strength as they may once again be looked down upon, just when we are starting to progress.
I’m afraid my beautiful baby cousin – who happens to have skin in a tone other than white – will experience his first few years of life in a world where he will likely be deemed lesser than his neighbors with my skin tone.

I have said it many times, and I’ll say it again – I’m not afraid of Trump politically – I’m afraid of him socially and all the people who follow him who spout and spew his racist, backwards ideology.

If Hillary wins –
I’m afraid that people like me, with tens of thousands of dollars of student debt will never be able to pay it off.
I’m afraid that I won’t be able to ever afford health insurance because I’m expected to pay hundreds of dollars a month to pay for visits I won’t use.
Hey – I don’t go to the doctor that much, why should I be forced to pay those hundreds each month. On top of the hundreds I pay in student loans each month to four companies as I have already been denied refinancing and consolidating twice.
I’m afraid that I wont ever feel like I can actually trust my government.
I’m afraid I’m going to have to continue to work a job I have grown to dislike because at least I can pay my bills – and live paycheck to paycheck.
I’m afraid that people will look down on women even further for any potential mistake she could make.Because as a woman, she represents all woman – at least I’m sure that’s how it will be seen. Because as we have seen, Obama is responsible for the behavior of all black in recent history. It’s sickening to think about.

Hillary – I am afraid of politically, for the most part.

If you follow me on any other social media than you know I despise America’s obsession with the two-party system and I sincerely hope it changes in 2020. I truly hope that people who support a candidate outside of Trump and Clinton will vote in that way. It is the only way we can expect to see something different in the next election.

Regardless of who wins tonight – we know it will be one of two evils.
I did my part, I made my voice heard –
I’m just afraid for the next 4 years and will hope for change in options come 2020.

If you are going to do anything today – please do the one thing that we should as Americans.
VOTE!
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