I voted for Trump. I also voted for immigrants, muslims, and the LBGT community. Some may ask how can this be? Statistics show that being white, male Christian, republican, living in Arizona, I should be one of the most hated people in this country. Everything I’m writing is my opinion, sorry if you’re offended, not my intention.
How did I vote for immigrants? I’m racist right? I should be since I’m a white Christian republican. Currently we have laws put in place to have people become citizens. I have friends who have gone through that process and are amazing citizens. I also have friends who are in that process. I voted to have tighter control over those that feel entitled to bypass the system that we have in place. How is that fair for those that have gone through the tough, long process of being coming a citizen. If you are here illegally, and you want to be a citizen, we have a process. We would love to have you, just follow the rules. If this is racist, then I think we need to review the definition of racist.
How did I vote for Muslims? I admit, I’m ignorant in the ways of world religions, so this is all my opinion. With that aside, let me say being a Christian I do not want to be grouped in with Westbro Baptist. I think their movement is disgusting and is in no way a reflection of Jesus Christ. In similar fashion, it’s too easy to group Muslims and ISIS together. I believe this is because our leaders have not called it what it is, “Islamic Terrorists.” They only cry for having open arms for Muslims. Again, this only groups Mulsims and ISIS together. Our president-elect will use the term, “Islamic Terrorist,” which will separate the Muslims that are against ISIS, like Christians want to be separated from Westbro Baptist. A separation is important for those that are of the same religion, but against ISIS.
My LBGT friends, I voted for you. I am not a homophobe. I have differing opinions about your lifestyle, like you may question any aspect of my life. I’m not any better than you, and you are not any better than me. That’s not being a “phobe” of any kind. That’s me having my opinions. I don’t love you less than my other friends, or love you more because society says I have to. But I voted for you. I believe there is evil in this world. Evil is a force that can gain power in a blink of an eye if we are not careful. Evil comes in many forms, and currently there is evil wanting to come to our country through a disguise. Currently the LGBT community is in the crosshairs of evil, and if we do not vet those who are coming in to our country the threat of harm against my friends will be higher. I don’t want that.
8 years ago, I was sitting with my friend, Mark Osbourne, at Anchor Bar in Portland Oregon. I didn’t vote for Obama. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because he is black. It was because his plans did not line up with my opinions. The results didn’t go my way, but I raised a glass, and vowed to support our new Commander in Chief. We made it through these 8 years, and honestly, things aren’t that great. Mostly I wish we weren’t so divided. We are black, white, gay, straight, christian, muslim, cop, protestor… and so on. We have a major ME v. YOU complex going. It sucks. Sometimes you’re right, sometimes you’re wrong. The biggest downfall of the Obama administration is the “Participation Award” mindset. Life sucks, and things don’t always go your way. That’s the main ingredient to growth. Growth makes us better, more understanding, and ultimately more unified.
To the protestors, Trump isn’t even in office. The day before the election your cry was Hillary’s slogan, “Stronger Together.” Now our flag is being burned. Because you participated in an election doesn’t mean both candidates win. Your fear is valid, your uncertainty is valid. Your ways of expressing them are not.
I am not a racist. I am not a homophobe or any phobe. Actually I am scared of earthquakes. So would that be earthquake-a-phobe? I am not any of these new hippie terms that people come up with in order to be defined as offended. I am also not better than anyone else. Here’s what it comes down to, there were screams from all around to get out and vote! I voted and so did you. Let’s get through it together.