This Election & My Kids

There's been enough ugliness this election season.  Nothing like a little #tbt of ballerinas and bellies to give me all the feels.
Ugh.  Is this election over yet?  Five more days.  Five more days until half the country can breathe a sigh of relief, while the other half will be outraged with the outcome.  Seriously.  Either way, that is what is going to happen.

I know it isn't wise to get super political on blog posts and social media, but I think we're at a point where how could you not have a strong opinion on this election and the two main candidates?  My 5-year old and 7-year old know all about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  From what they've heard at school, on TV, and from educating them about the simple facts about each candidate.  No, I didn't tell them that Donald Trump is a pussy grabber.  And no I didn't say Hillary is steeped in scandal.  We let them watch part of the debates.  They formed opinions based on what they saw, the demeanor of the candidates and how they spoke.  And it was quite clear who they preferred.  Let's just say that when my 5-year old had a tantrum, I might have said "Oh stop acting like Donald Trump" and there were lots of tears and screaming "Don't call me Donald Trump!  He's not nice!!!"

They understand that if Hillary wins, she would be the first ever female president of our country.  How amazing that in their seven and five years on Earth, they've only known a black man as President and possibly a woman as their next President.  That is amazing.  To not know prejudice or glass ceilings... only to know that things are possible because they've seen it happen.  Simply AMAZING.

Now, don't get me wrong.  I loved the Donald when The Apprentice first came out.  He was entertaining and gauche.  I even got married at one of his newly acquired properties back in 2007 and got to meet him on my wedding day because he was on the premises.  Which is embarrassing now because of all the ugliness that has come out about him.  And no, he did not grab my pussy.  Might've been all the people around, or the layers of clothing, or maybe I'm just a lowly "3" on the Donald scale.  Thank goodness for that. While I loved where we got married, knowing what I know now, I wish I would never have given that man a dime.  I probably should've said that I wasn't satisfied with the service and just not paid the bill.  Should've worked right?  Seems like he's done that quite a bit himself.

The horns should've been my first clue...
But as a President?  Ugh.  Nope.  No way.  The racist, sexist, elitist rhetoric that man has been spewing is poison.  To think that he has so many followers is frightening.  As a minority woman I honestly don't understand how any minority or woman could possibly vote for this man.  And to his supporters, I seriously want to understand how you could support a racist, sexist megalomaniac like him, without casting some of that shadow upon yourself.  In my opinion, hating Hillary Clinton alone is not enough of an excuse to vote for Donald Trump.  Party lines are bullshit.  I've always leaned just right of middle.  Fiscally conservative, socially liberal.  Up until this election I was proud to identify as a socially-minded Republican.  But I've had it.  I've had it with the Tea Party, the hypocrisy, and their witch hunts.

And for me, it will and always should be country before party.

And there is no way I want my country in the incapable hands of Donald Trump.


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