Emerson's Child

It's been a few days since the presidential election and I think it's safe to say that many of us aren't very happy with the turnout. Some people say that Hillary didn't win because of the lack of enthusiasm from the democratic party and the lack of democrats that went out and voted. Things are a little... weird now, for lack of a better word, because Hillary had the most votes overall, yet Donald had the most electoral votes. And a little birdy posted something online that caught my attention, which said that there is still a chance Hillary could become president. I know nothing about politics, so that's that. Now, we've spent seemingly ages talking about Emerson and "Self-Reliance". So what would Emerson think about the presidential election?
     Let's start with the youth of our nation and how this circus of an election has affected them. My little sister, Sofia, is 6 years old. And at that age, many of her classmates know the kind of monster Donald Trump is, which is crazy to me; when I was 6, I had no freaking clue who our president was. My mom has told me stories about how Sofia's friends are scared that Donald Trump is going to deport their parents. My other sister, Fatima, has a friend who's whole family might get deported. What stands out about in these situations is the fact that the kids who will be directly affected by Donald Trump and his ideas for immigration have spoken up. They all share the same fear: that their families will be split up because their parents are undocumented immigrants. There is a beauty in not being scared to speak your mind, even on a touchy subject like this one. The voices of these kids are being heard all over America. Their stories and their thoughts are being spread all over social media. Just today, I came across a picture of a little girl holding a poster that said 'Please do not deport my parents'. If that doesn't hit you in the feels, then I don't know what will. Children are arguably the people that will be most affected by Trump's immigration plans, and they are not afraid to express their concerns, something Emerson would be proud of. Today's children and their voices will undoubtedly start a movement. "Do not think the youth has no force, because he cannot speak to you and me. Hark! in the next room his voice is sufficiently clear and emphatic."
     Now it's time for the political parties, starting off with the democratic party. Bernie Sanders, the real OG, stated that Hillary's loss could've been caused by the lack of democrats that voted. I completely agree. Emerson would be disappointed with those people who didn't go out to vote. There are people out there who don't have the opportunity to vote, so it's a shame when people don't take advantage of the opportunity. The people that didn't vote are in a state of shock because Donald Trump, despite almost all odds, won the race. "The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried." The power the democrats had would've been enough to make Hillary president, but it's too late now because many democrats didn't use their power, the right to vote. Emerson would approve of Hillary because she ran for president even when many people believed that a woman shouldn't hold a spot in office. As for the republican party, Emerson would be proud. They used their power and they prevailed in the sense that Donald Trump won. Emerson would be especially fond of Trump because he is... quite the character. He has taken America by storm; a man with absolutely no political background whatsoever built a campaign on what he believed was right- what we see as racism and sexism. And he won. He beat a woman with over twenty years of political experience, who was also the FLOTUS at one point. That shows the power we have nowadays. Our votes are the reason Trump won. Trump's ideas for America challenge all the progress we've made over the past hundred years. But hey; that's him. "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist." We've seen during this presidential race that Trump is far from being a conformist. Same with Hillary.
     Overall, I think Trump would be proud of America as a whole. He'd applaud those who went out and voted because they expressed their opinions via voting, but he'd be disappointed by the number of people who didn't vote despite being able to. He'd be proud of all the people who ran for president and the two nonconformists who lasted till the very end. He'd be proud of those people who are speaking their minds following the race, especially the youth. In terms of self-reliance, maybe the election wasn't that bad after all...


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