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Old 11-23-2016, 08:26 PM
 
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I will preface by saying that nothing which happened in regards to this entire election will change who I am politically. I have always and will always be an Independent who says he votes for the person, with a decent portion of left leaning sprinkles on top.

I was born in 1960 to parents that had, previous to my birth, flipped from Republican to Democrat. That's what I know and still >50% believe in, which are the principals of the liberal left more so than the conservative right. I'm close to the middle, so there are pros and cons to both sides from my viewpoint. I sit here today and compare our political climate to my lifetime only, and not deeper in history (pre 1960). There still exists to this day a relatively strong racial divide, as well as gender and religious divides. Those to me were the top three front runners in my lifetime that I was always seeing. Of course I understand government gets into every corner of my life, but I negatively accepted things I did not agree with, because I am not an activist or a protester. I have enough problems with the family, work, economic, and social aspects of the bubble that's my life. I voted, my civic responsibility, and left the rest to government to "take care of me" like a majority of citizens do.

I watched the political divide break the horizon for the first time in my life during this 2016 election season. I knew a political culture existed, but I don't live in that circle thus it's reality seemed distant to me. I can never profess to understanding the political scene as I'm not a historian and find political research something I don't do much of (until recently). I relied on the media (ugh) to see into the political climate and culture of this country. But the climate has broken into my circle, into the bubble of my life. I've listened to my children, family, and friends speak with tones of fear and anger. My 83 year old mother whom I love, saying things like you're a criminal if you voted for Trump. My daughter-in-law's sister signing that petition to have the electoral college vote in Hillary so it hits my Facebook feed (so stupid IMO). My conservative friends who I've never really heard talking about politics that are figuratively dancing in the streets and talking about liberals like another class of people.

Until this year, I never had a political storm blow into my life. It's unbelievable, and this shift has only just begun. I feel partially ashamed to have any political alliance in this country. I see adults as children acting out on both sides. Physical and verbal abuse. It's a sad vision of the U.S., and the world is watching for which I don't know what they're saying. I hope this somehow is short term and blows over and settles down. But for now, in this moment and at least the near future, it's nothing but craziness ahead as the political storm continues.
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