By Patrick Tedder
We’re about a week removed from the crushing election of Donald Trump for president of the free world. I wrote a piece about the election in which Republicans systematically handed the Democrats their ass (pun intended). However, I’d like to believe the core tenant of the piece was the large percentage of our country that feels Trump is an affront to progress, must now channel their anger and come together to not only better themselves, but others as well. In theory, I love the “We have to work together” speech that every candidate gives whether they win or lose an election, but this doesn’t have to be a sing along.
Injustice is not something we have to grin and bear. Those who would set our country back with draconian beliefs, whether based on personal or religious agendas, should not be compromised with. Those who would advance an agenda based on the hate of its own innocent citizens are not part of an establishment that is supposed to define America.
Given a week’s time; what have you done to try and create a more positive change? If you can’t think of one or more instances, you’re doing it wrong. If you aren’t smarter than you were last week, you are part of the problem that allowed Trump to be elected.
Even if you have enacted change in your life that you believe will be prosperous to yourself and your fellow man, take note of the following … hit them where their wallets are. If at all possible, try to not give a single dollar to those would elect backward values into office in the interest of big business. Below is a small list of companies that have declared where they stand.
Have you donated lately? Organizations that are in great danger of losing funding in a Trump presidency, need our help now more than ever. Do your research and see if your donations are tax deductible. If so, it’s a win-win for everyone involved. The following Huffington Post article has a great list to get you started:
Planned Parenthood: Give women the opportunities for proper healthcare, education, and activism. (Fun fact: Many are donating and “gifting” their donations in memory of our new VP elect. This means that his campaign office will receive certificates from the very organization he would do away with).
The Future Project: Help the young people of America fulfill their potential.
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Help stop domestic violence.
RAINN: Assist the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in combating sexual violence, aiding victims, and ensuring that perpetrators are caught.
ACLU: Uphold the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
Border Angels: Advocate for immigration reform and social justice specifically regarding the U.S.-Mexico border.
NextGen Climate Action: Volunteer with this group that works to flight climate change through political action.
Speaking of The Huffington Post, here’s a great article with a video featuring Bernie Sanders on The Colbert Show, sharing his thoughts on why the Democrats have no business losing to a platform that insults so many people.
Lastly, I’ve seen a lot of articles and Facebook posts talking about how they are proud of Hillary Clinton. While I do think she had an uphill battle being the first woman running for president, and she should be commended for running and making it as far as she did, do not forget that she did in fact lose this election. The DNC put all of their chips in on her, influencing the point of voting for the democratic nominee that the people want. Perfection --unthinkable-- Clinton was still no saint and as history has shown us, Bill and Hillary never met a war they didn’t like. Both Bill and Hillary were master politicians, adept in the art of self-preservation, but this came at a price when they brutally smeared the reputation of Monica and other women who claimed Bill had harassed or had relations with them. Bill may have taken part in the sexual acts, but both husband and wife played their part in burying the accusers at any cost. The point of this run-on paragraph is that while far better than Trump, Hillary had flaws that we must recognize and condemn in future candidates as much as we should accept what was wonderful about her and expect in every elected official.