This is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve ever seen in my life…
Be brave and watch the whole thing. Force yourself, if you have to, and FEEL this.
The little boy in this video voted for Donald Trump during an educational “election,” held at his school.
His mom is throwing him out of the house because of his vote.
Now. Whether she’s kidding, or playing a joke, or whatever (if you want to give her the extreme benefit of the doubt), that poor kid is terrified.
Whatever side of the election you are on, this is child abuse. This woman should be arrested, in my humble opinion.
We should speak out against hate, abuse, and violence wherever we find it. Whether it's on our side, their side, or neither side.
For the record, I don’t have a dog in the “Trump vs. Hillary” fight—I didn’t vote for either of them.
I think both of these candidates are a direct reflection of the worst of American culture, albeit in different ways. It's like someone held a mirror up so we can stare back into the image of all of our own blemishes and ugliness.
Pride. Pettiness. Dishonesty. Pandering. Selfishness.
Thirsting for power, money, and fame at the expense of the powerless, the poor, and the everyday person.
I could go on but it might take all day.
However, I’ve watched us tear each other apart over this, and I can’t stay silent.
Look at this child. Listen to the desperation, the shame, the terror in his cries.
We’re doing that to each other.
Do you see it?
And for what?
I’ve heard people on the Trump side say, “We’ve been putting up with this for eight years. Now it’s time they get theirs.”
I’ve heard people on the Hillary side say, “Just wait until we get the power back. They’ll get what’s coming to them.”
You’ve got one side who feels excluded, viciously excluding the other side, and you’ve got one side who supposedly champions inclusiveness, ferociously excluding people who don’t agree with them.
It would be such a comedy if it didn’t hurt so much to watch.
Can't you see the irony in it?
It's just going to happen to you again when the tide changes! And the tide will change!
We can disagree. We SHOULD disagree. But we will only come undone at the seams if we don’t treat each other with respect and a level of human dignity that, frankly, I haven’t seen much of these last eight weeks.
And we are coming undone.
The solution, it seems to me, is as simple as:
“Treat others how you would want to be treated.”
Is your party in power?
Great. Treat those without power how you would want to be treated if you were in their shoes.
Is your party out of power?
Sorry to hear it. Treat those with the power how you want to be treated when you get it back.
Because it’ll come around in just four years.
It’s not worth losing your friends or family over, or kicking your sweet children out of their house and scarring them over a stupid election.
Maybe instead of stabbing each other in the back, we could have each other's backs.