What the Election is Really About

I can’t truly begin to express how heavy my heart has been throughout this election.

Along with the rest of the country, I’ve watched divisions become more bitter, more violent. I’ve watched in disbelief as one candidate continuously spouts fear and hatred, and, most importantly, lies. I’ve seen one candidates’s bigotry, racism, sexism, and complete disregard for the value of a human being be accepted and cheered by half of the country. I could have never imagined it would come to this.

I see a country torn apart internally, I see a country struggling to remain proud and strong, I see a country desperate for real change.

This election isn’t about gun rights. Or immigration. Or taxes and health care.

This election is about basic human rights- treating everyone with respect and valuing them as an individual. You do not have to agree with someone’s beliefs always, but you have no right to devalue another individual. You have no right to tell someone what to do with their body, you have no right to tell someone they are not allowed to marry the person they love, you have no right to tell someone they have no right to live in our country because of where they were born. You have no right to allow the wealthy to be excluded from their responsibility to the country. You have no right to attack other nations unless it is in defense. Most importantly, you have no right to objectify women and make that seem alright to men all over the country, and even the world.

No politician is perfect. However, I refuse to live in an authoritarian state that doesn’t respect me as an individual. I refuse to live under a leader who simply sees woman as bodies to be used, and rejected when they aren’t “beautiful” enough. I refuse to accept that the progress we have made will reversed because of one individual who consistently lies, deceives, and promotes violence.

This election IS about keeping our country safe, but not from external enemies. It’s about keeping it safe from internal enemies who only desire to suppress the rights of certain groups of individuals. If we allow this to happen, we are throwing away both years of hard work and the founding principles of our nation.

If you think you have no choice and your vote doesn’t matter, think again. Please.