Today has become a very strange day. It’s the day after the 2016 Presidential election, and in our home, we are somber. Our somberness is interesting because we aren’t surprised by the outcome, but we are disappointed. There was a lot to process over the past 18 months, and when it came down to it, America spoke their mind. As of now, Donald Trump will be named in history books as the 45th president of the United States of America. That’s fact. Another fact, that I am now ready to admit as a woman, is that I wasn’t with her. Hillary did not have my vote, until November 7th, when I had to send in my ballot. Why? Because I did the research.
It is my constitutional right as an American to vote. It’s also my right to do the research during every single election. I have to sit with my decision for 4 years, so it seems self-explanatory to do your homework about the candidates that want to become president, right? Well, from what I’ve seen so far during this election (and many elections before), that’s not the case. I wasn’t with her because she had to convince me that she was FOR me. I had to do my own digging to see if she would take care of our black/christian/military/pro-choice/LGBT supportive/blue collar family. No, she did not receive my vote because she’s a woman and so am I. No, she did not receive my vote because I needed to join the bandwagon that others were hopping onto. She had to earn it, and it took her until November 7th to do so.
While it feels like we simultaneously have no words and all the words when it comes to the finale of this election, there are a few things we all need to confess to. This is my confession. What’s yours?
If you want to know the big reasons why I wasn’t with Hillary Clinton, I managed to hop onto Facebook Live to express it. I shared some secrets. I made confessions. And I shared my wish for the next 4 years. It’s time we all got real with one another. I wasn’t with her, but I want to know why others are with him. I’m ready to listen.