Stop Saying “Not my President”

By Mackenzy Hand

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Blatant disrespect.
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But he is, though…

At the end of last Fall semester, my political science professor said something to my class that has really resonated with me. She said “whether you voted for Donald Trump or not, he is your president, and you must respect that position.” To me, one of the things that makes America so great is that we have the freedom to choose who our leader will be. By nature of elections, not everyone can win all of the time. There will always be a victor, and there will always be those that feel like they have lost. This doesn’t need to be the case, though.

If you did not vote for Donald Trump, you are expected to take the necessary time to grieve your loss, but you are also expected to respect your commander in chief. Something that Americans have always done in the past is respect the outcome of an election, regardless of if their candidate won or lost. We as Americans seem to have lost something as well; our dignity. What happened to being a good sport? What happened to civility, and respect? What happened to class? I completely understand being so completely enraged by something that you feel the need to shout it from the rooftops, and make sure that everyone in the world hears how you feel. Every single person in this country has the right to express how they feel. It’s the way that some are going about doing that, that is the problem.

I believe that the way some of our fellow citizens are behaving in the aftermath of this election is undoubtedly revolting. It is understandable that people are upset and angered in so many ways, but I fail to see how violent riots, theft, vulgarity, and blatant lack of respect will change any of that. Follow through on what you are fighting for, but be civil about it. State your grievances, but do so in a positive, productive way. Yes, by all means, organize! But do so with love in your heart, not hate.

We as Americans need to realize that yes, Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States of America, and whether you like him or not, it’s a tough job. He needs us. He needs the American people behind his back. We need to stop thinking about the things we don’t like about him, and start thinking of ways we can help him accomplish his goals. He wants nothing but greatness for America, and I know that, that is exactly what everyone else wants as well. We need to bridge this divide and come together as a united American people once again, and make change happen. So please, stop saying “not my president”, because he your president, and you should embrace that.

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Citations:

Dvorak, Petula. “Stop Protesting Democracy. Saying #notmypresident Is the Same as Saying #notmyconstitution.” The Washington Post. WP Company, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2017.

Miniter, Frank. “Nine Ways to Help the ‘Not My President’ Protestors Man up.” Fox News. FOX News Network, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2017.

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