Exercising your privilege to vote is not something we should take lightly. It requires serious thought and reflection to grasp that casting our ballot doesn’t just determine an election, but it says a great deal about the person we are and the role model we will be for younger generations to come. Ask yourself, what does voting for Trump say about you?
Casting our ballot is tied to personal perceptions about the kind of person we are – the values you instill in your family and in your children. While it’s easy to assume that voting is more about policies and economics, it’s an honest reflection of what we value and condemn, whether we realize it or not.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
That education requires us to think beyond just voting for the person, and asking ourselves if we would behave as they would? Because in choosing your candidate, you’re acknowledging and even accepting their values – or lack thereof.
Voting is truly powerful.
I’m well aware that conversations about politics, especially surrounding this particular election, are toxic and explosive. But in this situation, I think it’s important to ask yourself what does voting for Trump say about you. Again, take away the policies and economics and ask yourself, are his ideals MY ideals?
So what does voting for Trump really say about you?
- Bullying is an acceptable form of abuse in society and should be tolerated.
- Women should continue to be publicly degraded – adding to the gender inequalities that currently exist.
- White people are better than black people or any other race and should be treated as lesser.
- Hate and divides should be encouraged not extinguished.
- Dishonesty is how you get ahead in life.
- Individuals with money are allowed to break the rules or work around them.
- Politics is about making the rich richer.
- Science and climate change are nothing more than a hoax to scare people.
- Safety protocols aren’t necessary to help save your life and the lives of others.
- Ineffective and comical leadership is what Americans crave.
All of the choices we make in life have consequences and voting is no different. When we cast our ballot for a candidate, we’re not only showing our support for that person but their principles as well.
What does voting for Trump say about you? That you believe in the ten things I’ve listen above (and there are countless more). You’re telling your children that it’s okay to be a bully, a racist, a sexist and a person who lacks all honesty, decency and compassion.
Is THAT what you want your children to know?
Would you sign a contract saying you were in support of those ten things I’ve listed above?
If you vote for Trump in 2020, you will.