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A Year On: Hate won.

It’s been a year since the swearing in of the supposed US President Trumpet man. It’s been a year since the all empowering women’s march.

It’s made me realise that hate still exists in people – racism is still alive and well in the US. Trumpet did not make these people racist/hateful, but he opened the gate for it to be shown. When he was elected, those racists and sexist people no longer had to hide away. If a man made fun of a disabled person and was elected president then surely it’s okay? If a man has been accused of sexual assault and rape by numerous women, but he is now the president – it’s okay to do those things. No longer is the president someone you hope your children grow up to become but someone you tell your children never to be.

Some people – I hope a majority – have shown regret in their choice to elect him as the president. But what you cannot forget is that they once heard him say racist things and decided it didn’t matter. The only reason they are now regretting their decision is that it affects them. 54% of white women voted for him. They counted on his racism to put them ahead of the game. But there are still some women out there that support him. Even after all the hate he’s thrown towards women. All I can think is how much these women must not love themselves if they are still supporting someone that thinks they should stay in the kitchen and speak when spoken to. Do they not want more for themselves? For their children? How can they not see that his hate does not stop at coloured people?┬áHe doesn’t care about anything but himself and his rich friends.

The quality of being a president has drastically decreased. I bet after his run, the next person will implement a requirement that candidates must have some kind of background that does not include a reality show and multiple failed businesses. It was a great novelty knowing that anyone can apply to be president, but now the realisation has hit that ANYONE can apply to be president. Even a racist, rapist.

A year on and he’s had no progress. Any other president would be called unqualified or unworthy of the seat if they had not passed anything by this point. Instead he’s treated with child gloves and he places blame on others. Anyone (any person who isn’t racist) can see that the things he’s trying to get passed are unjust, unfair, and boarding on – if not actually – illegal. You cannot make people choose between immigrants and sick children, just to fund a war that you (the US) started. Maybe if the US citizens didn’t have to pay for your every-other-day golf trips, then you would have the budget for both. It’s not about choosing between them, it’s about realising what’s important to require money and the military already gets 54% of spending, and in 2015 $598.5 billion was spent on the US military. Let’s put that into understandable terms:

  • If you were to travel 598.5 billion miles, you could fly around the world 24,035,179 times
  • If you could save $100,000/year, it would take you 5,985,000 years to save 598.5 billion dollars.
  • With 598.5 billion dollars, you could afford to give every man, woman, and child in Canada $16,625.00.
  • If you could live for 598.5 billion minutes, you would live until you were 1,138,699 years old.

That’s a LOT of money to spend on one thing. This is not about putting all the eggs in one basket and making others choose between everything else. This is about rationing. About giving everyone an egg to ensure they don’t starve.

It’s been a year of hearing about a million f*cked up things he’s done, and I’m tired of it – and he’s not even my president! Another year of fighting to allow human beings to exist is upon us. Just because he won the fight does not mean he will win the war. At the end of it all, we are just going to have to add up all the days he spent golfing and spend those days at a resort together. We’ll be tired, but we won’t have given up.


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It’s Not Okay.

20th January…the third Friday of the year…the most horrific of them all (and we had a Friday 13th already).

It is the day supposed President elect Donalda Trumpet gets sworn in. We watch as Barack Obama has to leave the oval office for the last time. Our hope of pushing forward is leaving with him.

To those that are scared sh*tless, I understand. I’m scared and I live on the other side of the world. I’m terrified for you. I’m terrified for the immigrants that face the fear of being deported back to a land that is destroyed. I’m terrified for the blacks, Latinos, and other coloured groups that will face racism beyond anything we’ve seen.

When you elect a tyrant, a mean and racist man, you allow hate to prevail. People voted for him with the prayer that they would be able to hate on specific groups of people. That’s what’s horrible about this election. We have seen how many people hate minority groups. We have been shown that the citizens of U.S do not care for disabled people. What should have been the end of his campaign was nothing but a stepping stone. We have seen that the citizens of the U.S do not care for woman – wanting to destroy their rights, the people of colour – being called rapists and other horrid unjustifiable things, and the LQBTQ+ community. Hate won out this election and it’s not okay.

Many voted because he promised to send the immigrants back to other countries. He promised job opportunities that will not exist. Immigrants are not stealing your jobs. We are stealing them from ourselves. We have created an excess of technology that complete the job at a lower cost – forcing many people out of jobs. There was no ONE group to blame. People wanted an answer, even if it was wrong. And Trumpet provided one. Remind you of another time in history?

It is an eerily similar election to that of Hitler. There is nothing that will compare to the holocaust, but this election is headed there. Fortunately with technology and the worlds ability to be aware of the situation in America, I predict Trumpet will not get far in the likes of Hitler’s regime. Other countries will force America to rethink their elected presidential choices. But the fact that we are in this place yet again proves that we are facing hard times ahead.

Sexual assault victims/survivors must watch a man known to think woman are his entitlement and a man with multiple assault claims under his name, woman are forced to watch him for four years. It’s not okay. I weep for these woman (and men) that have been through this and now have to watch a man known for sexual assault change their rights. They have to live with the knowledge that those that voted for him don’t care about woman (and men) being attacked. And they shouldn’t have to. None of this election is okay.

To anyone in the U.S, these next four years are about surviving. About making it through. Do not fear if progress is not made – if it is then what an accomplishment! But progress most likely will not happen in these next four years. You may see rights we’ve fought for be taken away. I want to say it’s okay, but it’s not. It sucks. But you will make it through. You have to. There is a fight on the other side of these four years that we need you for. There is a revolution growing and you are going to be apart of it.

If you need to remove religious items for the safety of your own life, your God will understand. It does not mean you believe any less, it does not make you a sinner or a pariah among your faith. This world is far worse than any God would have ever imagined it to get and people have deterred further from humanity. It is about keeping you safe and alive so that in four years from now – or earlier! – you are here to fight.

To those woman, men, and children that are taking to the citities around them in protest, bless you. You are the strength that so many of us are pulling from. I know many people felt alone after the news, seeing the solidarity proves no one is alone. Thank you.

It is okay to be upset. For all those saying “it’s just an election, you don’t need to cry” well aren’t they lucky? They don’t have to face the fear of losing their family, they don’t have to face the fear of having their medical insurance destroyed, they don’t have to face the fear of walking down the street terrified for their life. They are lucky. But they are wrong. It is not just an election, it is not just a loss of a vote. It is a hateful man being put in a place of power that can (and will) destroy minorities out of pure hatred. Nothing more. And it’s not okay.