Today I am scared…

I Voted Today

Today after very little sleep I have woken up sad, disappointed but most of all scared.  Not because a Republican won, but because the man that will be the next president of the United States of America does not seem to value all people, regardless of race, religion or gender. He has ignited hatred and bigotry and that is not the person I want for my president.

I don’t like politics and politicians and totally see why voters wanted to go against the establishment. I don’t blame them.

For the first time in my adult life I am scared of the future and for someone who is always the optimistic one, it is not a nice feeling.

The first 7/8 years of my life I lived in a country that was ruled by a military government, during that time thousands of people who disagreed with the government disappeared, and lots more were forced into exiled. At the time I was too young to understand what that meant, but as I grew up I read and heard the stories, I remember thinking and even asking my Dad if it would ever happen again.  I am  hoping that we never have to experience that again.

Dave and I choose to move to the US 10 years ago because of the opportunities this great country provides. It has been great to us. In the last 8 years we have built a very successful business from nothing and we have also seen many other small business around us thrive and grow.

Our city Gilbert, has become one of the fastest growing cities in America and one of the safest in the country. On a Friday and Saturday night you struggle to get a table at a restaurant without having to wait for 40+ minutes, even when talk in the news was/is about how bad the economy is doing.

I do know that people in many parts of the US are struggling, need jobs and want a big change.

America has always been great and still is. Granted the economy needs to continue to improve, healthcare definitely needs to be sorted out, the way that politics and elections are run needs a complete overhaul. It would be nice to pay lower taxes but ask anyone in Europe and they will tell you that we pay much less than they do.

My hope is that our newly elected President chooses to focus to improving the economy, improving healthcare and fixing what is not working instead of focusing on the hateful rhetoric that was part of his campaign.

If you voted for him, please don’t be cocky in victory, please respect other peoples opinion and feelings. Same goes for all us who voted for Hillary, don’t be hateful. We must respect the result and continue to work hard to make sure that America continues to be the country we all love and to stand up for the things we believe in.

I believe in a woman’s right to choose, in marriage equality, in decent education for all, in gender equality,in race equality, in equal pay, in protecting the environment for future generations and in treating people how you want to be treated.

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