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Election 2016: You're not going to like what I have to say - San Diego, California Talk Radio Statio

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AM 760 KFMB Talk Radio Station San Diego Armstrong and Getty

Dear friends, family, and acquaintances.

I need to preface this entry for a number of reasons, but the most important reason as to why I'm doing so is for everyone's sake, including my own:

You will not agree with everything I'm about to say. If you agree with everything I say, there's a problem. If you disagree with everything I have to say, that's okay. I don't hold begrudge you for that. I am not claiming that I know it all. I'm not claiming that my word is the gospel and everyone else's word is wrong. I, much like anyone else, am voicing my concerns, hopes, and plans for the aftermath of the most contentious election in history. 

Also, if you, at any moment feel offended by what you're about to read or from what you've just read and want to discontinue, by all means do so. I'm not forcing you. I merely submit my following thoughts for your consideration, as I would do for you.

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The 2016 presidential election, for all intents and purposes, was the most widely-contested election of my lifetime, and for many others. We had a Democratic Party candidate. We had a Republican Party candidate. We had a Libertarian Party candidate. We had a Green Party candidate, and we had an Independent Party candidate.

First and foremost, find me another nation in this world where you can be a part of five or more "parties" to run for the highest office in your land. Chances are slim. Think of how awesome it is to live in a country where you have different ideas and still be considered a leader of a party. 

Now, I'm probably going to have a number of people who are frustrated beyond belief about "...the death of the Democratic Party..." and "...the death of the Republican Party...", and that's okay. You're allowed to feel that way. Whether you feel the parties should be torn down and rebuilt on the principles upon which they were built, that's okay. I respect that.

Think about how far we've come in general. We had a former reality TV celebrity run for president. We also had the first woman run for president as part of one of the two major parties. Find me another country that has the success we have and I'll certainly eat crow.

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Let's strip this down to its very core. Millennials, Generation X-ers, and many others cast their vote on Election Day. We heard non-stop for 15-16 months from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and a number of other candidates how they felt they wanted to steer the United States of America.

Do we have a lot of areas that need fixing across this great land? Absolutely. I wouldn't question that further than I would question than if a dog barks or a cat meows. Whether it's foreign policy, immigration, gender/income equality, the economy, 

However, I feel that we have so many amazing things happening in the United States. Technology is advancing at an insane rate and sometimes it's hard to keep up with it. I get to travel wherever I want. I get to choose my career field in which I want to advance in life. I get to choose my own spouse, that is if she'll agree to spend the rest of her life with me. The same goes for women and people of differing genders.

That's pretty amazing, if you ask me. 

I also want you to know that I'm not here to bash minority groups, restrict gender/income equality, or spew hate in any way, shape or form. No need to wear a safety pin. No need to issue trigger warnings. No need to attend a "mind spa." (If you're not aware of what a mind spa is, check it out here.)

I'm not asking those who opposed Donald Trump to give him a chance. Simply, they shouldn't have to because a strong contingent of them felt disrespected toward the treatment of their vote in Barack Obama. I'm sure there were Caucasians (none that I know) that wished ill will on our 44th president. I think that's utterly shameful to want someone dead simply because you don't vote for them or they completely and unequivocally oppose your views in life. 

Now, you don't have to like Donald Trump for a number of reasons. He wasn't my original choice. I felt that, in relation to my values on what I want changed in this country, he was the best choice, in my opinion.

While I don't feel it's completely appropriate to discuss who I voted for, I'm accepting of the fact that I voted for Trump. You can take that for what you will. Will I hold him to the highest standards like I would Barack Obama? Absolutely. If he does something great, I'll give him credit for it. If he lets something fail in which he has the power/influence to make it happen, then I'm going to call him out on it. If he starts spewing hate, then I'll call him out on it. I'll admit my embarrassment for my candidate. So far, he's saying all the right things as the president-elect.

Does Donald Trump have the thinnest of skin when it comes to anyone making any sort of criticisms about him? Absolutely. I cannot stand it one iota when he's threatening to get Saturday Night Live shut down after they ridicule him endlessly when he of all people, a long-time New Yorker, should know what SNL is all about. The video we saw where he allegedly attempted to commit infidelity was wrong in every sense of the word. Being unsure of whether or not you should denounce one of the former leaders of the KKK is unacceptable.

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