By Lucy Ahl
The country is getting crazy. Why? Because Donald J Trump has taken office and every democrat, Bernie supporter and independent now has free reign to spread whatever lie they choose to spread. It is turning friends against friends, family members against family members, and causing strangers to lash out at each other. Sad if you ask me.
I am a Trump supporter. Have been since day one. I saw all the meme’s, all the news outlet lies, and I saw good friends cling to every word this man said and then turned it around to suit whatever the masses were saying. Frankly, I was shocked these people were my friends…where did I go wrong in my selection of these people? To which I’m sure they are saying the same thing about me…
As a Trump supporter, I can tell you a few things about me that I am not:
I am not a racist. I believe everyone has a right to anything in this country. I don’t care if you are black, white, red, yellow, polka dot, or green. If you live here, you deserve to enjoy freedom just like everyone else. MLK left this world without finishing his mission. His mission of equality through peace was one of the greatest ideas anyone has ever had, and it really pissed me off when someone killed this great man.
I am not uneducated. Though it took me until I was 61 to get my college degree, I did it with Latin Honors. If you don’t know what that means, I graduated with a 3.96 GPA, which means I achieved straight A’s with one A-. I don’t know very many people who have done this. So to say Trump supporters are uneducated is a fabricated lie made up by the fear mongers.
I am not a misogynist. Obviously. The definition of misogynist: If you’re someone who believes women belong in the kitchen and shouldn’t be accorded the same respect as men, you might be a misogynist. A misogynist is a person who hates or doesn’t trust women. I also do not believe this to be true of Trump for three different reasons: His two daughters, and his wife. Let alone all his granddaughters. That is really the most absurd thing I heard all throughout his campaign. I often wonder who started this rumor that the left so hardily picked up.
I am a woman. Yes, I am and before marrying my husband, I was single for 14 years and had been divorced for 23 years. What does that equate to? It means I supported myself and my two children without any government assistance. I worked in an all-male field, the building industry. I rose to the top by being a good employee. I knew my stuff. It wasn’t until Obama took office in 2008 that I lost my $70,000 per year job and was unable to find another one with comparable pay. So what did I do? I didn’t go out and rob a bank so I could continue to live the lifestyle I was accustomed to, I downsized. I did what I had to do to survive. I moved into a place I could afford on my unemployment until I could hopefully secure a job. I sold my Mustang convertible and got a small SUV with smaller payments, I budgeted my money for groceries. No food stamps, no supplemental income from the government except unemployment, no help from any government agencies. Jobs were scarce back then, and talk about scary! It was an unsettling time (how soon many of us forget). No one was hiring full time unless you had a degree (which at the time, I didn’t), so I got a part time job answering phones for a car dealership that paid $10.00 per hour. Was I disheartened? You betcha. Was I depressed? Somewhat, but I didn’t let it rule my life. Did I hate the administration and what they did to our economy? You bet your ass I did. Did I threatened them? Hell no. Did I protest? Fuck no I was too busy trying to make ends meet.
I am not politically correct. One thing I love about Trump is he speaks his mind. I don’t give a rat’s ass if you agree with me or not. Just because he is now the President he should change his ways, hell no. I am so over Washington and their lobbyists. Been going on far too long and boy, have they run scared!! Where were all the gasps when Obama by passed Congress to pass bills he wanted passed? Why weren’t the people involved in Obamacare? The only choice we had was to pay the bill, whether we could afford it or not. Doesn’t seem fair to me.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? [Laughter/applause]. The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up (Hillary Clinton, 2016).
I am anything but what Mrs. Clinton called me back in 2016. Me and millions of other Americans. I am all for gay rights, gay marriage, prochoice, am certainly not xenophobic: having or showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries (in case you didn’t know what this word meant) because most of Americans came from other countries, and I am certainly not Islamaphobic except when they want America to change into a country they fled and let’s face it, the Koran does call everyone but them infidels and states how we must be destroyed. When radicals come into this country and kill thousands of Americans, or stand before a video tape and behead journalists, tourists, and contractors, for the hell of it, your god damn right it’s going to piss me off. Does that mean all Islamics are radical? Does that mean all Muslims are radical? Probably not, however, a few are spoiling it for everyone. And these are facts, but that doesn’t make me an Islamaphobic.
So for those who thought the women’s march was for every woman, they were wrong. I wasn’t invited nor was I welcome. My other sisters for Trump were not welcome, in fact, most of them either got pepper sprayed or booed for being there. But aren’t we women too? Doesn’t our voice count too? For me, I want a better world for my grandchildren. I want a cure for cancer and all the other horrible diseases the science world seems to be milking for only the money. I want my government to care about all the homeless, the veterans, the poor of our own people first and then we can worry about other countries. Is that selfish? Maybe. Then I’m selfish and proud. I want to see our country prosper once again like we used to. I don’t think there is anything wrong with wanting that.
I’m tired of Washington sending billions of dollars to help other countries while children go to bed hungry in this country. I’m tired of Washington spending billions of dollars to rescue other countries while millions of homeless men, women, and children sleep on the streets. I’m tired of Washington giving out grants to immigrants to start their own businesses while thousands of manufacturing companies are laying off Americans with families only to open their doors in other countries. And after spending $40,000 on my secondary education, I’m tired of Washington giving handouts to students from other countries to get an education.
I am second generation Italian and I can tell you my grandparents did not get a grant to start up their own businesses. My grandmother cleaned houses and my grandfather worked on the docks, did carpentry work, and saved their money to not only buy a house, but to purchase a business in Brooklyn NY back in the early 1900s. If they can do it, why can’t the immigrants coming over here now do the same thing? What makes today so different than yesterday?
This is why I support Trump. This is why I back Trump. I remember how things used to be. I remember when America flourished. I am a baby boomer, I didn’t get a trophy just for participating; I got a trophy because I worked my ass off for it and I won. And if I didn’t get the trophy, it made me work even harder for it. That is what is missing in today’s society.
So I will sit back and watch Mr. Trump, my President, try to do his job. Will he make mistakes? Of course, he’s human. And I hope he will learn from those mistakes. I will by-pass the facebook bullshit because frankly, too many damn people are depending on that app for their news and I really feel sorry for these people. I have hidden many of my friend’s comments because I just don’t want to hear it. Just like they didn’t want to hear it about Obama. I don’t watch the news, the Grammy’s, the Oscars, Springsteen, or anyone or anything else who cares to bash Trump. I prefer to sit back and watch and let him do his job after all, it’s only been a few weeks. The best meme I heard after the women’s march, “Trump got more fat assed women to go for a walk in his one day in office, than Michelle Obama did in eight years!” I’d say he is doing a hellava job so far!!
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