I have had a hard time shaking that feeling of devastation, dread and fear today, so this post is part catharsis, part soul searching and part information gathering. It is an attempt for me to process and understand what is happening to this country. Had my choice for President won, I am sure many people who voted differently than me would have had that same fearful feeling that I have now. No one wants that.
I hope that we as a country can put this incredibly draining election past us and work together for the greater good. No matter what our race, religion or personal beliefs are, we as a country need to do this. We need to heal. We need to work together and we need to move forward, not backward. And we need to do this in a respectful, inclusive way.
What I want to do is learn and understand why Trump. Why did our nation elect Trump as our POTUS. I hope that this learning and understanding will eventually lead to acceptance and ultimately support for the Commander in Chief. Hillary Clinton said, "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead. " I am not there right now. I don't understand and I don't support Trump. Yet. I am hoping that someday I will. I am hoping that my faith in this country will be restored.
This is what I see:
I see a man who is narcissistic and thinking only of himself.
I see a bully who uses his position of power to coerce people into doing things that they wouldn't normally do.
I see an impulsive person with no self control.
I see a liar.
I see a man who does not accept any responsibility for his actions and blames others when things don't go his way.
I see a misogynist, a xenophobe and a racist.
How do I tell my students, or my own children for that matter, that bullying is not acceptable? Or that lying and cheating does is not ok? What about self control? How do I teach integrity to these kids? How can I teach these traits to my students when we as a nation have condoned it by electing someone who as recently as last week exhibited many of these characteristics?
These are some concerns:
I am concerned that he is not putting his business in a blind trust to avoid conflicts of interest. Instead he is handing it over to his children to run. That is not a blind trust.
I am concerned that he did not release his taxes because he owes money to countries like China or Russia. If this is true than it is also a conflict of interest.
I am concerned that he has many pending lawsuits surrounding his various business ventures.
I am concerned that since he has bankrupt several businesses he will do the same to the country.
I am concerned that he will offend many world leaders with his lack of professionalism and self control.
This is a request to all of the Trump supporters. Talking only about Trump. What qualities does he have that will "Make America Great Again"? What do you see that I don't. Help me to understand. Help me have the open mind and give him the chance to lead as my candidate has said.
If you reply to this post please be respectful and polite as I am truly trying to understand, heal and move forward.