This election season has been a page turner for a wannabe political aficionado like me. If you would have told me that Donald Trump would be the last candidate standing, with Ted Cruz still thinking about returning for the nomination, I would have laughed in your face. In fact, I would have already been cracking up when a primary candidate had selected a running mate before he had won the party’s nomination.
The other party has not been without its laughs—especially when it comes to pandering to votes of anyone who is not a white male. In a fight to show diversity and inclusion, the nominees have said and produced some highly laughable things. I still can’t believe Hillary’s campaign added Rosa Parks to her logo, and I’m speechless about her hot sauce swag.
Elections 2016 has gone beyond House of Cards. You can’t make this stuff up…can you? Although I can act like we are living in a reality show and soon the director will yell cut, I know that I am not receiving a pay check from Andy Cohen or Simon Cowell. Therefore, this is our new reality.
Many people, have quipped that if Hillary wins, they are not voting in the general election; and if Bernie wins, the same goes for them. Why would you throw away a freedom that so many have fought for in childlike temper tantrum? Consider that the 2000 Presidential Election only had a 51.2% voter turnout, and George W. Bush won by 5 electoral votes. Our history books could have been written differently if the other half of the country decided to get off their butts and vote. Don’t lose your voice by not voting.
The other thing that I’ve heard is that if Donald Trump wins, people will move out of the country. I have to admit that I was one of those people. Now, as the election draws nearer, I refuse to let some man make me move out of this country. I will continue to use my voice to speak against his negative views and use my time to fight divisive, elitist, misogynistic, and racist policies. Donald Trump would hope that people like me would want to move out of the country so that he could make “America Great Again.” While some of my ancestors may have not chosen to come these lands, others were the first residents. That means this country belongs to me. You should also see that this country belongs to you. Do not force yourself out. Fight for what is right and then limit his term to only four years.
Whether you consider these elections a joke or not, take your vote seriously. It’s the one part of this reality show that you can help script.