I usually cover fashion, beauty and pop culture. During election night and shortly thereafter, friends, relatives and strangers were hurling insults at each other in real life and on the interwebs. Vengeful and vindictive words tossed like ping pong balls, all because someone had a differing opinion really bothered me. Here's my reaction to the melee.
I don’t think we ought to call each other names because one party won the election and one party did not. In the end, we are all Americans.
We live in a country that offers promise and hope to all peoples throughout the planet. People die in their attempt to come to America to have a chance to vote, be heard and be accepted as a person.
We will always have differences—we’re heterogeneous, not homogeneous. This is what makes America such a great country. The fact that we are all different in some respect yet can live (mostly) harmoniously under one flag.
Remember when you call someone a name, the truth is, you only demean yourself. This is the time we should all work together to keep this country a beacon of tolerance.
This country was founded upon the ideals of freedom. Freedom from religious prosecution, Freedom from economic prosecution and freedom from tyranny.
Every time I read the Declaration of Independence, I cry because it is a beautiful, meaningful and perhaps next to the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents produced for the betterment of humankind. All of humankind.
Remember and live by these words from it:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, —That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.—Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.