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My feelings are valid and so are yours: Thoughts on the 2016 election

Like many other Americans, I’m angry and fearful following the election of Donald Trump as the leader of our country.

Now, before you slap a label on me and consider me a democrat, leftist, liberal, or even “libtard”, please know that I currently do not identify with either of the two major parties in this broken system of ours. Quite frankly, I would be discouraged and wary had Hillary Clinton won the election too.

It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton has a less than reputable history as a politician and as a person. She has done terrible things and continues to make questionable statements and political decisions. If you’re reading this, let it be known: I am acknowledging that Hillary Clinton was not a sound choice for the presidency. I am acknowledging that she may very well be a criminal.

On the other hand, Donald Trump has exhibited blatant hatred and fostered spite and violence (don’t even pretend he hasn’t advocated violence in the face of opposition) even before his campaign.

Now that we are all on the same page about who these people are…

I am angry and fearful. I have never in my 25 years of life witnessed such bitterness and hatred.

  • I am angry that we as Americans allowed our country and its politics to become a reality show.
  • I am fearful that so many people I know (and myself) will be further ostracized or put in danger because of who we are.
  • I am angry that so many people are using this election as an excuse to be destructive, racist, xenophobic and sexist (I’m talking about both sides here).
  • I am fearful that we have taken a giant step backward in the world of civil rights.

Perhaps some of my fear is unfounded or I will be pleasantly surprised at some point. Maybe being a white, pansexual female with an aversion to political party affiliation won’t lead to physical harm or verbal abuse. We’ll see.

 

I don’t care upon which side of the aisle you dwell. I don’t even want to know for whom you voted or if you voted at all. I am a very objective person and when I finally decide to express my concerns about one candidate, I don’t want to hear how theĀ otherĀ candidate is so much worse. I refuse to play a game of “who’s the lesser evil?”. I am not interested in your attempts at justifying hate. Don’t bother.

If you’re passionate, be passionate! Disagree! Agree! Ask questions! But do NOT attempt to diminish the validity of another person’s feelings. Do NOT tell someone their emotions are wrong.

I am angry and I am fearful but I am also hopeful.

  • I am hopeful our system of checks and balances will serve its purpose.
  • I am hopeful President Trump will do his job diplomatically and respect the privilege he has been afforded.
  • I am hopeful there is more good than bad in this world and this country.
  • I am hopeful that, if you’re reading this, you’re a little bit hopeful too.

 

 

She can Sing

Wow! Did you hear Beyonce’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at President Obama’s inauguration? It was beautiful!

But wait… I hear she may have lip-synched it! Or maybe she sang over the pre-recorded version. There are all kinds of speculation floating around about it, but so far, no comment from the singer herself.

Here’s my take on it:

IT. DOES. NOT. MATTER. Beyonce can sing; we all know that. Whether she sang the song before or during the inauguration, the fact of the matter is, she sang it. And she rocked it.

For all those with sour attitudes about the possibility that it was a lip-synched performance, I offer a different perspective.

Let’s say, hypothetically, that Beyonce was to sing the song live, a cappella. Let’s say during her performance, her voice cracked or wrongly wavered during the song. Would you truly have a better attitude than you do now? Or would you be disappointed that she botched a note? I’m sorry, but it’s hard for me to believe that the naysayers would be any more positive about the situation, were the tables turned.

So, regardless, it was a beautiful performance, whatever that term may entail. Maybe she’s brushing up on her acting!

Am I the only one that thinks it’s quite laughable that people are upset about this?

1. I watched the performance, and I could not tell whether or not she was truly singing the version we heard. The fact that no one is certain if she did it or not proves that she’s a great performer, one way or another. If she was acting, so be it.

2. It is highly common for singers to have pre-recorded tracks at the ready for events and special circumstances. I hate to break it to you, but much of the entertainment available to us is highly choreographed and meticulously planned and rehearsed so we have fewer imperfections to gripe about.

3. Did you enjoy Beyonce’s music/voice before this uproar?

If so, then shut up. Why should your opinion change because of something like this? You know she’s good, so just leave it at that.

If not, then shut up. You’re probably just jealous anyway. Why don’t you get out there in the cold in front of thousands (millions, billions?) of people and sing in honor of the country and the president. I DARE you to give a better performance than she did.

See the video for yourself.

The fact is, she can sing.

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