I think my older brother used to vote Republican
I live in Georgia, more specifically, metro Atlanta. Right now, we are making history. It's been 28 years since our last blue vote, and in such a crucial election, we've (so far) made the right choice. It wasn't until the Jr Bush was elected that I really started to pay attention. Why? Here's a list. We all love those. 1. Rights to women's health care resources, abortions and reproductive rights were practically abolished. 2. The cancelation of crucial stem cell research that could have changed the lives of many, for the better. 3. The rejection of Kyoto Protocol. 4. The absolute disaster of the handling of Hurricane Katrina and its victims. These were my biggest grievances, and I'm sure there are others. This month, our country has said no more to Trump. His hate filled speeches, his racist and sexist rants are no longer welcome. I couldn't be more proud. I told my kids, we have our FIRST BLACK FEMALE VICE PRESIDENT! I was so thrilled. My husband and I had a good conversation, and we recognized there's more work to be done, but this? It's huge. My kids' response was perfect: "Why wouldn't she have won?". Right now, they understand that anyone can be anything they want. Anyone can be whoever they want, and everyone can marry whoever they truly love. I'd like to keep it that way. It's not about left and right anymore. It's about humanity. It's about loving each other and lifting each other up and supporting each other. The amount of hate that this country has seen, especially in the last four years, has been devastating. By the end of this term, my children will be 12 and 10. Here is what I want them to be aware of and be supportive of: BLACK lives matter. MY body is not the government's property. The court system is hugely unfair when arresting people of color and the poor. Women can be anything. You can marry whoever you want, and being trans is NOT a psychological problem that can be cured. Marijuana is not a gateway drug and can do a lot of good for the terminally ill. No human looking for a better life for their family is committing a crime. Four years is a long time. Let's work together to make the most of it, and make the changes we need to be better.