(Still) Proud to be an American

We’re a cynical bunch these days, us Americans. Things do not seem to be going well here. The weeks following the election have been nothing short of traumatic for us as a nation.

If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re probably feeling a lot of pressure, and frankly, a lot of hatred from your democratic, libertarian, independent, anti-Trump friends. You may feel like a lot of anger is being directed at you personally.

If you’re a non-Trump supporter, you’re probably feeling angry, out of control, probably pretty helpless.

Whatever side of the political divide you’re on, things are not awesome. If you find yourself blissfully unaware of all of this turmoil, you need to count yourself lucky, and I would strongly suggest you check your privilege and then get involved.

I will be the first to admit, I am not a Trump supporter. All mention of his character aside, I disagree strongly with his policies, and his flippant demeanor whilst addressing his constituents. I won’t delve more into this, because anyone that already agrees with me in regards to politics/Trump is going to continue to agree with me, and anyone that doesn’t certainly isn’t going to have their mind changed through this post.

What I’m getting at, is that regardless of what’s going on, I’m still proud to be an American.

Throughout the last few weeks, there have been more protests than I have seen in my lifetime, and a sign that keeps popping up is “Ashamed to be an American.”

I just don’t agree.

In the past 3 weeks we as a nation have made history. We have poured out in the thousands to protest. We have called our representatives. We have attended town hall meetings. We are making our voice heard. Our nation is waking up, and it is speaking out for what it believes in. This doesn’t just apply to the liberals out there. This spans all belief systems. People are coming out in droves to fight for what they believe in. We cannot be silenced. This is what democracy looks like.

It’s a weird time to be living in America. A lot is happening, a lot is changing, and it’s unsettling.

However, as one wise proverb so eloquently states, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Let that be our battle cry. Let us not abandon the country we love.

There’s work to be done here. Let’s get going.

 

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