Here we sit about 40 hours plus after the polls closed refreshing our phone and computer over and over to see how the electoral map has changed. Never before has a map of the United States been so fascinating, Geography teachers reading this, REJOICE! These last 4 years have been hard to weather, we have witnessed so much epheavel, pain, loss, and violent acts being perpetrated in our country, leaving us equally numb and dumbfounded. We have looked to our country’s leader after each new incident, as Americans have done since George Washington and instead of finding someone calm, collected and compassionate, we found someone who often seemed to side with those who perpetrated the violence.
“Well, I do think there’s blame-yes, I think there’s blame on both sides. You look-you look at both sides. I think there’s blame on both sides.”
-President Donald Trump August 2017 in response to the violence that occurred at a White Nationalist Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
This election has been highly contentious and a lot of us are just looking forward to change and to finally being done with election season. We will certainly not miss all the calls and texts reminding us to vote, but we remain so thankful to those who volunteer to make sure people vote! We can hopefully look forward to social media feeds being filled with fun, non political content in the upcoming days. But for now, we wait.
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future." -President John F. Kennedy
In the upcoming days we hope that our nation will heal, that we will celebrate with those who won and congratulate those who lost, but who ran a really good campaign. May we all celebrate the beautiful rainbow of individuals who have won seats both in State and National Elections. It is an awe inspiring thing to see our elected officials and view ourselves represented in them. This election has given us new and returning leaders with varied skin tones, a wide range of religious affinities, those who are Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi-Sexual and Non-Binary, those who are differently abled, those who rock a hijab, those representing their Native Tribe and a Congresswomen who confidently took off her wig and revealed their beautiful head, announcing she has alopecia.
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Hang in there everyone, whatever happens we will support each other along the way and together, we will fight for a more supportive and understanding world. We are not damaged goods, but people fighting to find their path in life. We are as always, grateful to be a part of your life, you continue to inspire us every single day.
All the best-Team SG