Vote, Please

The airwaves are bombarded with ads about Trump and Biden. Trump sends out messages that Biden is going to increase taxes and defund the police departments. While Biden shows how much division, hatred, and the horrors of COVID-19 has cost Americans under Trump’s presidency.

I am not going to tell you who to vote for, but I am going to tell you that I am tired of the hatred and division. I am tired of the name-calling and mud-slinging that is happening at the White House.

Folks, I’m tired of Trump.

During his four years, I have seen the cancer of hatred against people grow stronger than ever! In this 21st Century, the politics in this country has played an integral part in feeding the frenzy of “us vs. them.”

I have never seen the confederate flag fly so proudly in my 55 years! I am sickened by the blatant and subtle racism; and no, I’m not naïve to the fact that racism exists. I’m asking friends and family members to stand up against this putrid, foul stench of a divided nation to help it heal!

Like him or not, when Barack Obama became president, I could see a glimmer of hope! People elected a biracial man to the highest position in the United States government. That glimmer of hope came during a time when three family members died – in 2008 my oldest sister passed away from Cancer; her oldest daughter passed away from Leukemia a month later, and in the latter part of the year, before the election, my father died in September. When the spark was flickering, the country elected a leader of color! I thought that maybe we had turned the corner and got out of the dark past! I thought about the ancestors who worked the land so many generations ago, who were smiling with tears in their eyes. I thought about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words were suddenly realized on that historical day!

For eight years, the Obamas stood for America! No matter how much others felt about him, I didn’t feel threatened or afraid!

Now, I do.

We are chanting “Black Lives Matter.” We have people who we have respected and loved say “All lives matter.” Yes, they do. But, when it comes to the brutality and killings of African American citizens in this country, I am outraged.

Are we really created equal? Is that the goal of Donald Trump?

His niece and sister spoke about him, and I trust family more than others. They don’t trust him. His own flesh and blood have said that he is not trustworthy; he is sick; he is a liar. Well, no one can really handle the truth, or tell the truth, but I am definitely secure in saying that family knows better than friends.

When I watched the Bob Woodward interview on “60 Minutes,” I was certainly convinced about Donald Trump. His voice was on the recording, loud and clear, admitting that he knew how bad the Coronavirus was going to be in America! He knew that it was worse than the flu! We could have prepared ourselves! As Woodward said Trump doesn’t know the American society! We are resilient! We are planners! We are workers! After 911, the country mourned, but we were working to support our neighbors in New York! We pulled together! If we can do that then, we can do it now!

I am sorely disappointed in our country. I daydream about packing up and travel across the ocean to African, Spain, Portugal, or even Italy to live. I will take my dog and leave this country behind because I see its demise. That’s why so many immigrants leave their homeland; they are saddened by the results of what is happening in their country.

I hate apathy. I can’t stand when people don’t stand up to say the RIGHT things! We have so many conservatives who think they are right; we have so many liberals who think they are right. The right thing is to correct the wrong! When you see injustice and unfairness, you have to correct it.

It is obvious that people will never defund the police. I need police protection and I know there are good police officers in the ranks. I believe that stringent training in cultural awareness is needed, but to defund the police is a bad idea. I believe people who love the confederate flag are traitors and terrorists to our nation because in the Civil War, those people wanted to separate from the union – the nation. I believe any hate group are against what the United States stands for!

You may not like the Biden/Harris ticket, but right now, it is better than Trump/Pence. The country is burning up with anger and distrust; the country is being drowned in destruction; the country is being manipulated and lied to; the country is being hypnotized by an evil presence.

We need to heal our land. It won’t happen overnight, but it can start in just one day. Election Day.

Vote, please.

Author: L.S. Watson

Hi. My name is L.S. Watson, and I'm an English teacher at a charter high school. I enjoy traveling (my favorite places are Rome and Paris), writing poetry, and watching documentaries. I have a lovable yet stubborn Yorkie-Poo named Chuy.

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