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Let's get this out of the way: I hate this election, for a huge variety of reasons. I hate how we the American people were essentially left with two of the worst candidates to pick for this presidency, and how this election has effectively turned the months leading to this moment into that of fear and irrational thinking. Am I displeased with the results? Yes. Did I wish someone like Bernie was elected? Yes. But the biggest question right now is: am I afraid?

No
, I am not afraid.

But what I am is disappointed. Not in the people, but in the media that have reduced so much of us to either our weakest, or our worst. I've seen people from both sides harbor the worst sort of opinions and ideas regarding one another. I've seen fear-mongering from both the right and left, especially now as I see post after post about how this is the end-times, that everything is all undone and that this election is the very death-nail of freedom and democracy. Everyone is talking about how they are either locking themselves in fear of what's to come the next day, or are honestly suggesting that violence and murder be done to 'set things right'. It is absolutely wrong to think this way, and I am mad that people have been brought to this line of thinking that through one election that everything is now leading to the very end.
Well I am here to tell you that it's not. While it most certainly can't lead to the best and brightest of days, I can assure you, with all the honesty I can muster, that most of our fears are unwarranted, and that we, the people, aren't but some lowly class that can be subjected to wrongs at a whim.

To those that either aren't Americans, or need a refresher on this subject, the United States President is NOT the absolute power-wielder of this country. He cannot make laws that threaten our rights as US citizens, nor can he outright declare war on anyone he so wishes, or even press 'the big red button' to launch the nukes as some have grossly over-simplified. The President is but one cog, albeit a significant cog, in the long line of gears and machinery that make up the United States government. He is but a single branch of a total of three, and both branches can, and have the authority, to move against the decisions and motions made by the President. And those branches, and the multitude of representatives and officials that support it all, are in turn supported by the people, their votes, their actions, and their will. It is easy to forget that, with such high positions of power, that it is the purpose of this government to serve the needs and betterment of the people, and that their action is to always be held to the highest of scrutiny.
Trump is no absolute ruler, and he cannot impose harsh rulings that would damage the country without the rest of the government's say so. And because I know it will be said, I assure you: that while the Republicans do hold both Senate and the House, a majority of those seats do not like Trump. So many people hate Donald Trump, and if the media onslaught leading to the election has shown, neither do many of those Republicans who hold high positions within their party. Additionally, while a politician could not care whether the people like them, they do care if they get re-elected. Which leads to the point that that people should care about: that two years from now there will be a mid-term election that puts many of the positions up for election, and that people should take this elections seriously. If you truly wish to make a change in the government, please participate in your local and state elections; be up-to-date on the opinions and actions of your representatives; and always send letters if ever an unruly or negative proposition is made. Alone your voice may not truly matter, but en masse the wishes of the people is strong and influential.

Here will be posted a link to a post that adds on to what's stated here: link
and an additional link to a site that more explains the President's role in-depth: link

I know it's easy to give into fear and anger at this time, but as much as it sounds so insensitive and mean to say, your fears are unwarranted. There is always a bright side to things, and so long as there are good people to stop the bad, the worst can always be stopped. While yes, this country of mine did elect one of two terrible candidates, and arguably one that is worst, it is but one step back that always comes in the long march forward.
I don't want to get into a debate into the presidency now. I'm tired, and I think that it'll only further bring out the worst in people, as it had in the months leading up to last night. However the point of this journal is that, in the hopes of writing this all out to you, that I lessen the fear that has become so wide-spread, and make you all more civil, calm, informed people who can be ready for the next big decisions to come.

and I want to make one point very clear:
I don't care if you voted Trump, Clinton, or even a third-party, you are always welcome in my eyes.
I will not hate you for having an opinion different from me, nor will I try and force you to distance yourself from me because of what you've chosen. To me, a democracy is only effective when the people have the freedom and right to honestly choose who they feel to be the right candidate for them. To punish people for the very principle that makes up our democratic system is wrong, and it only feeds further into fear and outrage when we decide to hurt, insult, or ruin the people who hold different beliefs and opinions than our own. You, the person who made their choice, have your own reasons to choosing the decision you made, and I would be a terrible man if I were to wrong you for that decision.
Tomorrow is another day, and so are the days that come after. Don't let terror and hatred bring you to doing onto others terrible action or further spreading of fear. Today is a time to bring ourselves up, learn closely from what had occurred, and try to come together to make for a better future.

I am certain that I'm bound to lose some people for this, and if so I wouldn't think wrongly of you. More power to you for the choices you make, but in the end I only ask that read what I've said here and think about it.  At the very least you can be informed enough for what may come in the future.
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MysticVensaur Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So your a trump hater as you say only he you never said she clinton isn't that much better but I respect you. Unlike half the people on the Internet who will just rage I hate politics
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EyeOfSemicolon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I wanted to focus on Trump since he won the election, and harping on Clinton would've been pointless. I'm well aware of a lot of issues regarding both candidates, and I had serious doubts as to who would be worth voting for since I disliked the both of them. This journal was just made to address the fears that erupted after the election, fears that (sadly) continue to take some people in extremes.

Still, I respect that you respect my opinion, and I will always do the same no matter who it is I converse with. Whether you be a trump-supporter, trump-hater, etc., it is important that we converse and understand each other. All the hate happening on and offline isn't going to solve anything.
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TomMagenta Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best election post I've read so far.
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popandchips Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
It's time to put the election away. What do we as citizens want for not only our future but the generations to come in our country? We need to sit down, think and politely discuss our county's future. Screaming, whining and crying will NOT help.
Good luck to all of us and God bless us all.
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bunkerage Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Many people believe that now Republicans "are in power", everything will be undone and only chaos will happen. This is a democracy. We have a system of checks and balance. Donald Trump won because he received more electoral votes than Clinton. The people voted and he won. He will be president for 4 years. Only 4 years.
also i should mention that we had a BUSH PRESIDENT. The U.S. government is like a pendulum. It goes back and forth between left and right. We had Obama and now its switching. We can only wait and see what he does, with us deciding who to vote for next term.
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EeveeSerenity Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Wow, I never thought of it this way. 
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GuillermoLabrador Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very thoughtful reflection on the current state of things. I consider a little bit funny that on three mayor democratic decisions this year (british brexit, US election and colombian peace agreement), the decision the people took was apparently the one opposite of a rational one.  I think that says a lot about how the system has alienated the people to the point they seek salvation on overproportionate promises, and outright lies. I think we have to seriously reflectionate what kind of society we really want, as americans, british colombians, or any citizens of the world, given that the times are changing and people of all ways of thinking are going to live in the same spaces. The important thing is not to seek enemies in those who are or think differently than you, and try to let your voice be hear, so others don't take the decisions for you.
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catrap0 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
I slept through the election :P
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Foxy-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student Writer
This reaction gives me hope, this reaction relaxes me and this puts me and I am sure it will put my friends at ease. Thank you, in times of fear we need someone to tell us the truth so we can all focus on getting through the problem. Thank you for that.
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5-prime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, but also don't agree. I think we have every right to be afraid and angry - for one, these are basic emotions and we have no control over that. With a man like Trump in power, fear is warranted because he does not have the country's best interests in mind (that's where I disagree with you). But what's important is that we can control what we do with these emotions. We can't let fear and anger turn into panic and violence (and that's the part where I do agree with you).

What we need to do is channel the fear and anger into something positive, such as peaceful protest or, like you said, letting our voices be heard. Remember that it was anger over the injustice of the Jim Crow laws, and oppression of women's suffrage, and oppression of gay rights that led to change. If you're not scared or angry, that's fine - great, even - but don't let that be a means of giving into complacency and silence, which can be just as bad as panic and violence.
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EyeOfSemicolon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Of course. I don't mean to suggest that we be complacent in the actions of those who mean to do harm. What I'm speaking against is the general fear-mongering that has convinced people that we either sit in grief at imagined horrors (and by that I mean people seriously suggesting that there will be death squads and concentration camps) or rise up with violent reaction at voters and politicians alike.
When you cross the line to actively harming another life, you only aim to hurt the positions of the opposition who needs to get their voices heard to counter the worst of propositions.

I truly agree that we channel such emotions to positive work. All I ask is that you stay informed, and never strike blindly.
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5-prime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Certainly. I know you didn't suggest we sit complacently, and I agree harming one another is the wrong course of action. So far, I've only seen reports of peaceful protests, which I hope will continue peacefully, I'm rooting for them...
Hmm I guess I would say I support a sort of middle ground. To panic and harm is wrong, but to feel no fear at all could be a sign of complacency. To feel fear and other emotions is natural, but to stop and acknowledge these feelings is self-awareness. And to do something rational and positive with those feelings is constructive. It's not the apocalypse, but we still need to take action. And yes, I'm definitely going to vote again this upcoming midterm. :)

And yes, may we all stay informed. Ignorance is truly the biggest threat to peace.
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Toram159 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016   General Artist
I swear to god, this is the best fucking journal i've seen about this fucking election. I've got no idea how so many people think Trump has unquestionable power and can do literally anything he wants. As you pointed out, he can't.
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Mirrormine Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
You are so sensible that I just want to hug you and then break down sobbing.
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kingofthedededes73 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am seriously hoping that the senate and congress do everything in their power to keep this horrid president in line

it is true that Presidents do not have the most power in our government, but an egotistical maniac like this could still very well take power away from congress if he so pleased... It's a scary thought, and most unlikely logically, but it is not unlikely in the realms of possibility...

But the best case scenario is the congress and the supreme court do their job and deny many of the deplorable things this president wants to do to our country.....
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Penguin-of-Madness Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your reaction and explanation has been one of the most level and calm that I have seen. I am fighting off the idea of caving to fear, I want to believe that things will be okay. We needed change, but I'm not entirely sure if this was the change that we absolutely needed. 
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EyeOfSemicolon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's not the change we needed, nor is the change we all truly wanted. However it is the result of a system that has been led astray by extremes of both sides, to the point that its people were given a choice between two terrible candidates that represented the worst of said system. As well our continued reliance on the two parties with little chance given to a third.
Either option I wouldn't be happy with, but I had hoped that one of the third-party candidates would at least gain a 5% support so as to warrant a great deal of funding when the next election occurs. It's time that this country starts to support third-party candidates, or else it'll continue to repeat this problem time and time again.
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Penguin-of-Madness Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for your response.
I fear that as long as our two party system continues to exist we will continue to have this problem. 
Our country has stood divided on many issues, but I feel that this election has brought the worst out in everyone. 
I knew that we had issues, that there were divides.
I just never anticipated them to take center stage as quickly as they did. 
Perhaps that's being naive on my part, with what has been done I worry about my friends and extended family.
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kamenkewl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
that being said, yes, i do think for the most part you are right, and that's why i'm publicly sharing this to everyone on facebook
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kamenkewl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
it's still nerve-wracking, even for non-americans. sure, there are 3 branches of government, but you now have a leader who's publicly stated his goals to undermine that system in any way possible, to ensure only his supporters are in the house. the world's not going to end, but it's not the big, massive strikes against people that are scary. it's the miniscule things. removing of gay rights, criminalizing abortions, etc. 
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EyeOfSemicolon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It's understandable to be nervous, but to succumb to fear is self-defeating. The fear was my main point.

As for Gay rights and abortion, as far as I know those were decisions supported by the Supreme Court, and one of the big restrictions about the president is that they can't overturn said decisions made by the SCOTUS. In order to work against Gay Marriage, for example, Trump would need to open up a brand new case and trial in opposition against gay marriage, and even if he had managed to not only open a case, and replace at least three members of the SCOTUS with his own chosen members, the chances of it even succeeding are extremely small, because any such trials, especially one made to overturn a previous decision, is taken with the utmost seriousness.
Trump will need to bring in a lot of evidence to make it work, and I highly doubt there is even enough to warrant as far as a consideration of a new trial.

Gay marriage is safe, and so long as there's a populace still around to make their voices heard, so are the rights that we hold dear.
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kamenkewl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Student General Artist
basically we can just hope the system works as it's supposed to. again, i'm not american so i'm not 100% in the know on how everything works. the other issue is not trump himself, but his supporters. there's now a large population of people who see their bigotry and hatred as being justified and accepted by their fellow countrymen and leader. sure, there wasn't direct attacks from policies when brexit happened, but the occurrences of hate crimes against minorities still nearly doubled
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JasonVoorheesfurry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Personally, I believe this is just initial panic.  It was the same with us, the British and Brexit, lots of people thought it was the end of days for Britain, that we'd have to move countries that everything would just end miserably.

But things are generally okay.  Sure, I get less money when I get my £1 turned into dollars, but from what I've heard our economy has actually gone up. -shrugs-

Were you guys dealt a bad hand, yes.  Is this the end of America?  No, you've moved on from worse, you'll do so again.

People, humans are ... how to put it nicely? Are emotional and exaggerative creatures. Once the initial shock is over and the Four Horsemen of the Apocoylpse don't appear amidst a burning sky, people will just complain and argue as is normal.

Sadly that what it feels like Political elections boil down to these days, the question of; "Who will fuck us over, least?"
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Rabbit-In-A-Bottle Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I have do admit, with so many people yelling and taking up arms about all of this, I have been getting more and more afraid of what will happen. There are hundreds who have been so negative about this, and since I already didn't know how to feel or what to believe, I have to admit that it was starting to get to me, and I was becoming more and more afraid. I couldn't help but eventually let all of the fear and rancor begin to affect me as well.

However, reading this and realizing that you're calm and unafraid of what's to come, it really has helped me to calm down as well. I have to thank you for being a voice of reason in this massive storm of panic and anger. I didn't even realize how tense I'd become, and it's comforting to see this.
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DemonicTronic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
This is by far the most sane reaction I have seen concerning this election.  Massive thanks for being a rock of logic and reason while everyone else going nuts.  :)
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EyeOfSemicolon Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I appreciate that. It saddens me that the mass media have pitted everyone against each other for as something as common as a political belief. It is my belief that, like religion, nationality, and all manner of things, you shouldn't be hated for the beliefs you hold, so long as they aren't explicitly cruel or disastrous. And even then, it's far better to teach people and hope they may learn, then to shun them and never see them change for the better.
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DemonicTronic Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Preach, brother.  We need more people that think like that.  :)
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