I voted for Trump.
Do I agree with everything he has said or done? No.
Do I agree with everything that any other elected official whom I have voted for has said or done? No.
Do I understand why some of my loved ones are extremely offended by and/or hurt by things that Trump has said or done? Yes.
At the end of the day, though, the election is over and we do have a new President Elect named Donald J. Trump.
For those unhappy with the outcome of the election, we, as Americans, do have the right to protest peacefully on any issue, including our elections; however, none of us has the right to carry out random and indiscriminate physical attacks on our fellow Americans for any reason, and especially not under the guise of protected protest.
Such violence is not only illegal and unacceptable, it is non-productive.
Instead, I offer the following options for all who are truly concerned about the state of our Country as a whole.
- Engage regularly, positively and responsibly with our Elected Officials – if you do not already know who they are, you can find them here and stay familiar with your State’s Laws on controversial issues through sites like ProCon.Org or I Side With
- If one of your major concerns is honoring and protecting our Veterans, check out my earlier Blog Green Light a Vet! How You can show your Thanks all year long
- If one of your major concerns is Legal Rights for Women and Children, get involved with National Partnership for Women & Families
- If one of your major concerns is Legal Rights for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Trans-gender Individuals, get involved with Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination (GLAAD) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
- If one of your major concerns is to combat Human Trafficking, get involved with ECPAT-USA, Polaris Project or CAST-LA
- If one of your major concerns is Education for fellow Americans in need, get involved with Teach for America
- If one of your major concerns is Nutrition for fellow Americans in need, get involved with Feeding America
- If one of your major concerns is Housing for fellow Americans in need, get involved with Habitat for Humanity
- If one of your major concerns is Healthcare for fellow Americans in need, get involved with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation and get familiar with GuideStar’s list of Nonprofits and Charities supporting Healthcare needs
- If you have general interest in bettering your Community, get familiar and engaged with the following organizations: Council of Nonprofits and Volunteer Match
We are one Country, one Community, one United States and we owe it to ourselves to stand shoulder-to-shoulder in unity and support of our fellow Americans at every opportunity that we can.