Yes. The families of the students I teach, many of the residents in my town, they are misunderstood by those holding a higher education and they are frustrated. Growing up on Long Island and now living in a struggling town in north central Indiana have given me the ability to see both sides. Jobs around here are harder to come by than those in big cities & it is not like we are close enough to a big city for residents to commute to a job. People own guns here to hunt & as a form of personal protection, but the guns they own are rarely used. I have students whose families rely on hunting as a main food source because shopping at the grocery store for everything is too expensive. These people have felt ignored and left behind and all the people in the metropolitan areas seems to think that is okay. They seem to think that our country should follow their standards and beliefs. The people who surround me these days are the ones who wanted to give our government a big 'fuck you' for not listening to them, they got what they wanted. Bernie was that 'fuck you' for the democrats, but they allowed themselves to be steamrolled and did not fight for his nomination.
It saddens me to see educated people turn their noses up and make fun of those who did not go to college. It saddens me to see people blaming the result of the election on the voters who voted third party. It saddens me to see blanket statements made about those who voted for Trump.
Maybe I have too much faith in people, but I think most of the people on this earth and in our country are good people. We have seen the worst of each side during this election because that is what we are shown by the media. We see what the media broadcasts and we choose to believe that our country is going to fail, we choose to believe our country will take steps backwards.
I choose to believe that the citizens of this country will not allow our forward movement to be stalled. I choose to believe that the citizens of our country will treat each other with kindness, empathy, and tolerance. I choose to believe that the citizens of OUR country will continue to make it great.
We need to have faith. We need to believe that our president (regardless of who it is at the time) is doing the best job for our country. I do not like Trump, I could not watch 'The Apprentice' when it was on because I dislike him. I do not like Hillary, eight years ago I had a lot of respect for her. However, those were the choices we were given this election and now we need to move forward and know that our country will continue to be great because WE make it great.
I apologize if my thoughts are all over the place, but I have had so much on my mind. I just have trouble with the entitlement of so many in our country. I have trouble with these people protesting a fair election and allowing the results to affect them so deeply. Guess what? You need to grow up. Do something productive if you disagree with the choice America made, but these 'protests' are not productive.