We don’t talk about controversial topics around here much. Unless you find a penchant for the perfect white paint highly controversial. But since I’ve been sitting in bed sick for the past week, I’ve been doing
too much quite a bit of reading about the presidential election. I’m actually very political in my private life with some strongly held beliefs, but this appeal isn’t about politics – at least I don’t see it that way. It’s about the fact that it’s 2016 and what’s happening right now just cannot continue.
I hate to break it to you, but we don’t actually live in a reality show. No matter how much people might want to. We’re not all contestants on The Apprentice. And we’re not being punked (though I so wish we were!). We have to deal with actual reality. Our celebrity-power-fame-oversharing obsessed cultural is caught up in some very entertaining theater right now. And yes, it’s fun to watch Saturday Night Live every single day, but at some point we’ve got to balance the fruit loops with some veggies.
Because ultimately the joke is going to be on us. Unlike a reality show, this is not a game. There are no take-backs. No way to edit out an undesirable ending to this story. What we’re doing right now is playing Russian roulette with our country’s future. As a new mother, I cannot fathom that the discourse being played out on live TV is actually reflective of the world my child might grow up in. I refuse to believe it.
Let me be clear. I have no stake in your political party allegiance. That’s not my point here. But I am compelled to ask that we all raise our collective voices and say enough is enough. I certainly can no longer stand idly by and discuss throw pillows or the hottest color trend of the season while this embarrassment is going on in my country.
We face difficult challenges and live in a nation ripe with different views on the major cultural issues of our time, but a man who’s last leadership gig was arguing with Gary Buesy and Star Jones on Celebrity Apprentice is not in the position to actually lead the free world. In an age where we are actively trying to stem bullying among our children, we cannot continue to embolden the biggest blowhard bully of them all. It sullies the name of democracy, it sullies the United Startes of America, it sullies civilized society itself.
So please, just watch the video below and raise your voice too. There are better choices out there.
We cannot be silent anymore.