I grew up Catholic in a conservative, middle class household. I always prided myself on being prudent—not because I was forced to necessarily, but because it made me feel comfortable (that changed later on). I’ve discovered that being religious does not determine your position on abortion for I attended an all Catholic high school and many of my friends were pro-choice; however, I strongly believe in life and that early termination is never the answer.
I have sat through many lectures at college, not speaking because of the predominantly liberal atmosphere that is encouraged in the classroom. I sat there and knew I felt different and never spoke because I knew I would be name-called. Not challenged, but name-called. Graduation is now only two months away, but I have decided I don’t want to remain silent anymore—because my opinion is just as valid as anyone else’s.
Since I have grown up with extremely traditional parents and a highly progressive friend group (and environment), I have adopted both republican and moderate views. I see America as a place that has the potential for greatness, but we live among a group of individuals who think that pointing out personal flaws—whether they exist or not—are valid arguments. I support the LGBT communities because that is what I have grown up amid and I have friends who are gay and that has never bothered me. I also support women’s rights, but I’m racist because I support Trump. Hillary Clinton advocated women’s rights, yet she accepted money directly from countries that brutalize and kill women, but I’m insensitive because I support Trump.
I guess I have never cried before or felt scared or cared about anyone else or had any emotions for that matter because I supported Trump. Call me racist but is throwing a free Jay-Z concert the night before an election stereotyping or not? Maybe I’m crazy, or maybe I want to look beyond the surface and begin to actually analyze the critical parts of society that will make our country better instead of tearing it apart. If each person actually tried to listen to the other, I’m sure mutual understanding could be found. We are all people, after all. If we constantly blame others for our problems, what is inherently wrong with our society will continue.
We all want to live a full life. I just happen to think it can be made full when we work together, rather than insult each other on the premise of a candidate we support. I don’t live on my own yet and I’m sure I will have different feelings then than I do now, but they will mostly be the same because I hold tight to my values.
I supported Donald Trump not just because I was a Republican but because I think he is a good father, who has raised his children right. I supported him because I agree that we have been letting people enter our country freely without making them follow the legal process (that each US citizen would be subject to if he/she left the country and entered a new one). I agree that this is dangerous at times. I supported Donald Trump because he speaks his mind and despite all the criticisms about what is proper, there isn’t a single person who does not understand the concept of big, huge, tremendous, and bad. I supported him because he is a successful businessman who took a million dollars and turned it into billions, and because I don’t think a person should ever be judged because of their upbringing—rich or poor.
We are all born into different walks of life. We choose what we do with our paths. I supported Donald Trump because he didn’t claim to be above the law. My best friend supported Clinton and a few others, but I don’t hate them and they don’t hate me. I’m a religious person, I believe God spoke to the American people the day he was elected because although he is not perfect, the corrupt system that plagues the US society made the unconventional choice for a candidate. Why? Because the American people are ready for change.