I am shocked. I honestly did not except the election to go the way it did.
I didn't vote for either of the main candidates, for the first time ever in my life I wrote in a candidate. I feel good about who I voted for, something I don't know if I could say if I voted differently.
The media and a lot of the country was sure that Hillary was going to win. It seemed all but inevitable. As the results started rolling in, which thankfully here in California we didn't have to stay up until 3:00 AM to find out, I was shocked. I didn't know if I felt relief or fear; I wasn't sure what to think.
Now as everyone stumbles around trying to make sense of what happened, there are so many ugly words and accusations flying everywhere.
There was one person I voted for this year that I felt really good about. It was a local politician who has shown that he has kept his word, someone that is supported by every local mayor both Republican and Democrat alike, imagine that- someone who knows how to get along and work with everyone!
Sadly he barely won, though it is so close they haven't officially called it yet, as he does not fit the mold that California's government wants, he isn't a puppet to their ideals and plans, in a state that create propositions for making it a law to make p*rn stars wear condoms on the ballet, I am not kidding.
I can't imagine being a politician in today's world. The media, the people always flinging insults and waiting for your to cross your eyes funny. It is hard enough just supporting a political person the way people treat each other if they don't think you are voting for the "right" person. I cannot even imagine what it would be like to be that person.
What can I do, what do I plan to do?
Well first, I am going to pray.. a lot. I am going to pray that those elected will be humble enough to realize they don't know everything, that they need input from others, from people who think and don't think like they do. Pray that they wake up and address the real issues, the real problems; not if plastic bags should be banned from grocery stores. What is going to make this country good again?
It is every day people, stopping the insults, stop insisting that they are always right no matter what; willing to get out and talk with people who think differently than they do and find a common ground. People willing to maybe get a little offended but not insist on a safe space or 'political correctness'. People who realize the country cannot operate on moral relativism and whatever makes you feel good; but it needs definitive right and wrongs. It needs jobs and hard work and education to be valued and rewarded. This is what our country needs.
It begins with me and you. Me taking the time to smile and say hi in the store, me slowing down and letting you switch lanes in front of me, me and you just being kind good humans who are trying to add to this world and not just take.
This is what it needs and this is what I am going to do.