I am a millennial. I’ve listened to, heard about, and read lots of criticism against my generation. We’re entitled, we’re privileged, we’re cry babies. We have no respect for others. We only think about ourselves. We’re selfish. It occurred to me today that in these uncertain and scary political times, our nation’s highest leader is exhibiting these exact characteristics. Millennials are not the ones acting as privileged, selfish “cry babies”…it’s Trump.
A centerpiece of Trump’s campaign promised to “Put America First”. Hundreds of thousands of United States citizens voted for Trump because of this promise. Trump promised to bring more jobs to the United States, improve infrastructure, and “Make America Great Again”. With each executive order, he believes that’s what he is doing. His supporters most likely agree. But each time he picks up a pen, he’s cutting ties and destroying relationships with countries that we once considered allies. Iran, Iraq, Australia, Mexico, the list continues to grow. In putting “America first”, we are alienating ourselves. In putting ourselves “first”, we are shouting loud and clear to the world that we think we’re better. That we’re the best. That we don’t care about anyone other than ourselves.
Under the direction of our President, America is acting selfish and entitled. Disrespectful. A cry baby. A “Millennial”. And while everything is going down in flames, millennials are among those attending marches and protests, calling senators, and helping to provide legal assistance pro bono to those in need. So you see, millennials are not the spoiled, entitled whiners that the media portrays us as…at least not all of us. The true self-proclaimed victim, the real “millennial” here is Donald Trump.
I hate to post about politics again but it’s just so heartbreaking, the direction we’re headed. Trump is forging ahead, doing whatever he wants. I don’t understand how the “checks and balances” system isn’t preventing this absurdity. We’ve always called ourselves the “melting pot” and had such pride in our diversity. All of that has come crashing down. Refugees do not equal terrorists. Trump’s agenda is one of discrimination, prejudice, and hate. My heart breaks for what is happening.
The only hope that we can cling to is the new sense of urgent political action and activism that we’re seeing across the country. We started with the Women’s March on DC, which spread into sister marches across the country. Now protestors are filling up our airports, demanding the release of US citizens being detained. Donations to the ACLU help them continue to fight our basic civil liberties. Now is the time to act. We must fight for what we believe in, regardless of political affiliation. We do not agree with Trump and his extremism, racism, and bigotry. This is not the time to be quiet or still. This is the time to take a stand.
Although a registered Independent, my values and beliefs align much more with the Democratic party than with the Republican. Like many Americans, I was completely disgusted by the recent presidential election, and horrified by the results. While Hillary was certainly not without fault, she was by far a better candidate than the racist fascist who is now our leader. Thanks to the outdated and ridiculous process of the electoral college, the popular vote meant nothing.
Yesterday marked a remarkably important and crucial event in American history. Hundreds of thousands of women came together across the country and world to unify as one. We took a stand against racism, sexism, and hate. We stood up for our basic human rights. We demonstrated that we will not participate in a bigoted, one-sided, and sexist agenda. We took a stand.
I am proud to say that I marched, along with my husband and our seven month old daughter. It was a long and tiring day, but I am proud to say that I was a part of history. I am proud to say that I am one of those “nasty women” who Trump needs to watch out for. We will not be silent, we will not back down. Do not curse the darkness. Be the light. ❤