A Letter to My Fellow Millennials

“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” – Thomas Jefferson

I’m not one to voice my opinion about politics on social media or my blog, but things have been taken too far. The election’s aftermath has been ubiquitous and I refuse to remain silent. One of the blogs I follow, Beauty Beyond Bones, posted a blog about being a Trump supporter. I thought it was very brave of her to do so given the plethora of people who dislike the new President-elect. Her courage has inspired me to write a letter to my fellow millennials.

Dearest Millennials,

I’m not going to take sides, but it seems that the rest of the world is doing so. I want to shed light and perspective on both sides – the left and the right. Everyone is so focused on bashing Trump that they can’t see the bigger picture. I’m sure there are plenty of people who will read this and dismiss it after the first couple of sentences, but I hope they don’t. I hope they keep an open-mind and listen to what it is I have to say. And if not, it’s a shame they are close-minded. Good riddance.

People have been rioting and acting hateful everywhere – already this didn’t sit well with me as a blogger who focuses on positivity. As Americans, we have freedom of speech, but people are protesting because they dislike the man who will be sworn into office in January and are neglecting to understand that their desire for his failure has greater implications than they may believe. If Trump fails, we all fail. I don’t think I need to take everyone through a basic history course, but this means he gets to help make a lot of decisions for the American people. If people want him to fail, then we go down with him because his decisions affect us.

People are also forgetting that the President is one branch of government. Everyone is acting as if the world is ending. Did they really think Trump was going to grab his crew the day after the election, head for the border, and start building a wall? He needs congressional approval for that last time I checked. People assume that presidents have more power and don’t always consider that there is a long process that needs to be completed before any major decisions are made.

I’m sure Trump has said several things that have offended people, but people are also being completely one-sided. We are so focused on trying to get as far away from the Red that we’re just focusing on the Blue. This is America. We should be red, white, and blue.

We shouldn’t be picking sides and hating each other because of political parties. Everyone wants to throw Republicans under the bus when in reality it’s not Republicans who are the issue. It seems to be that those who are willing to throw other Americans under the bus are the problem. These people don’t want unity. They want to shout “not my President” and turn the flag upside down to express their disapproval, but they’re just making a mockery of the Bill of Rights and our Constitution.

America is known for freedom, but we’re all telling Republicans they should be ashamed of themselves. They had the freedom to vote for who they wanted and exercised that right on November 8th. Why is everyone condemning the right when they are the ones who are wrong?

Burning effigies of Trump, resorting to violence, and expressing hatred sets an awful example for younger generations. We are teaching them to respond with hatred and violence when they don’t like how something doesn’t go their way.

Beauty Beyond Bones talks about how Trump supporters are automatically dismissed to being uneducated, racist, and the like. But once again, the big picture has been missed. We’re ready to degrade other people who don’t share the same beliefs as us and make them feel lesser. We’re ready to engage in uncivilized disagreements to either convert people or condemn them. Thomas Jefferson, one of our Founding Fathers, said “nothing can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.” These people, without a doubt, have the wrong attitude and approach.

We can’t peacefully discuss politics with each other anymore or engage in a civil discourse about our futures. People have become oversensitive and overreact the second they come across someone who disagrees with them. The Republicans weren’t allowed to be sad when Obama was elected in 2008, but now that a Republican has won the next Presidency it’s not okay for them to celebrate? We live in a nation of hypocrites and people who are one-sided.

We have to work together and stop dividing each other with political parties. We shouldn’t strive to be better than one party. We should unite and hope there is some sort of improvement within the next four years. Everyone is just dividing the country more and with hatred and intolerance. We need to stop focusing so much on being negative. Protesting and being hateful are only going to divide us further. When will the madness stop?

Everyone acted as if someone died the morning after the election, and I think I finally know what did: America’s spirit. Instead of focusing on the fact that we live in a country where we can freely express our opinions and exercise our right to vote, we are using our rights in a negative way. We want world peace? You can’t have peace with violent protests, desecration of the American flag, or a constant spreading of negativity everywhere. What exactly does closing the 101 freeway accomplish? We’re setting a negative example. We’re showing other countries that we aren’t accepting of other people. We’re showing them that we accept violence when we get upset or when things don’t go our way. To me, that’s not what it means to be an American.

To be an American means to freely express yourself and demonstrate your love for the country with the right mental attitude. We can’t make right with wrong. We can’t support the red, white, and blue when we only want to support one of those colors. We have to make the best of the situations we are in and spread positivity because there’s too much hatred in this world. I’ve been blogging about that message since April: think positive, breathe positive, live positive. The question is…will you do it?

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