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A Desperate Plea In A Time Of Great Anxiety and Anger

By Jodi Smith | Think Pieces | January 24, 2017 |

By Jodi Smith | Think Pieces | January 24, 2017 |

I would like it if we could all understand each other a bit more. I understand some people disliked the previous President because he was unable to do every single thing they may have wanted or he did something that you didn’t like. Understand that some of us are seeing the new President in that way, but with the added terrifying layer of constant lying in the face of irrefutable facts and temper tantrums via Twitter and his press secretary.

That’s scary, even if you voted for him, isn’t it?

So maybe we should stop with memes that talk crap about the other side. Maybe we shouldn’t wade into comment sections just to argue with people who clearly don’t share our views and then call them lazy, stupid, or a slur instead of attempting to have a civil discussion. It doesn’t help at all. We are all Americans and we should all want each other to succeed. That means everyone, even those who have fallen on hard times or those who are doing very well.

We are supposed to put country before party, but that’s been lost. It is supposed to be allegiance to the country and the people, not a political party whose ideals only partially line up with your own. Electing a president to punish your fellow Americans or taking pleasure in people being upset “because they lost” isn’t patriotism. It’s a lack of empathy and a feeling that winning is everything, even if some people lose everything. It’s about the most un-American, selfish thing that a person can do.

If you did vote for the people in power, the ones who are in majority now, are they really doing things you agree with? Do you want all of our national parks sold to the highest bidder and destroyed in the name of a corporation? Do you want our public school systems to become even worse under an Education Secretary who cannot craft a grammatically correct Tweet? Do you want a President more interested in advancing his business interests (Dakota Access Pipeline) than in advancing this country with jobs, health coverage, and security?

Let’s not blame each other. Let’s blame those we trusted to represent us in the government who ignore our pleas, petitions, calls, and letters and instead are content to just line their pockets. Let’s clean house and try to understand that people have the right to live the same life full of freedoms that you believe you should enjoy. Let’s make America actually great by remembering what it means to be an American. Prove that the American dream is for everyone.

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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