With less than a year until our next Presidential election, we find ourselves, as a country, disturbingly divided. What has us so divided?…..the man that sits in the Oval Office. Or at least that is what the media outlets want you to believe is dividing the country. I see it very differently.
I am a Trump supporter. But you probably already know that. For most of you that means one of two things depending on how you view President Trump.
His supporters will see me as a Patriot, someone who loves her country, someone who believes in borders, the constitution, and our basic freedoms guaranteed by the constitution of the United States.
The anti-Trumpers will see me as a brainless, racist, cult member. (insert eye roll)
Given the two descriptions, it is easy to decide which one I prefer and consider to be true. But I want to go a little deeper in regards to who I really am.
Without a doubt, I am a conservative. My values and political views have always been, at the core, conservative. And I want to make this perfectly clear, I make no apologies for that. I also make no apologies for supporting President Trump. (Cue applause from supporters and pitchforks and firesticks for the haters)
But I want to also make this perfectly clear. A supporter of the President is only one aspect of what makes up who this woman is. It is the many other characteristics of myself that I think I share with those who, let’s just say, aren’t so supportive of our president. In this time of such a divided nation, I think it is so important that we start focusing on the other characteristics in each of us that does in fact make us the same.
I want to quote one of my favorite Americans, Nikki Haley. In her new book, With All Due Respect, she talks about the difficulty in overcoming prejudices growing up in a rural SC town and she recalls the words her parents told her.
“Your job is not to show people how you are different. Your job is to show them how you are similar.”
I think this is brilliant and we should all adopt this thinking.
Liberals do not corner the market on caring when it comes to Mother Earth. As a conservative, I understand that it is not only a moral responsibility to care for our earth but it also makes financial sense to do so. What most liberals don’t seem to understand is that capitalism can be good for the environment. No system has been as effective as capitalism in turning scarcity into abundance. Thanks to capitalism, Americans as a nation are living dramatically better and longer than they did at the beginning of the twentieth century.
I believe that most conservatives, especially business owners, understand their responsibility to our environment and go to great lengths and often great expense to be, well, conservative with those resources as well. And I will interject here that I believe President Trump has proven his convictions to be environmentally sound in dealing with everything from our now non-existence of dependence on others for fossil fuels to his decision to pull America from the Paris agreement which would have been a large, unnecessary expense for tax payers.
When it comes to social issues, such as homelessness, poverty, and illness, I am a believer in helping your fellow man. But I don’t necessarily believe that help should always start at a federal level. If a community is seeing a large population of homelessness it should be common sense for the community to look into why this is the case. Is there a lack of good jobs? Do they have a growing drug problem within their community? Is there an issue with voluntary homelessness, a growing trend of people who choose to live on the streets?
Every community has its own governing body and I believe it is there that these matters should be solved.
But from a personal stance, I understand that people hit hard times and I would not want to stand back and just allow someone to go hungry. I think community food banks are an important resource for communities. I believe that using tax dollars to give a check to a person who is out of work and has children to take care of is an important duty. But also as a conservative thinker, it is important that there are resources in place to determine that those receiving the checks are not taking advantage of the system.
The best answer to poverty is income. Under President Trump, the impossible happened. Tremendous job growth consistently for the three years of his administration and income growth of course followed. There are now more jobs in the US than there are people out of work. That has never happened in America before. We need more Americans to join the workforce.
In regards to the health of our country I am the #1 proponent of great medical care and resources. Unfortunately all anyone seems to talk about is health insurance. We don’t have a healthCARE system. We have a diagnosis and pharma handout system. Until we start acknowledging the need for more preventive and natural care methods and less pharma and doctor’s quick diagnosis and tending to prescribe big pharma drugs, we can’t discuss in any good conscience the actual care of our citizens.
But let’s talk about insurance. The liberals want medicare for all which is basically federal government run health insurance and access to doctors. I believe that our health insurance should be a choice. I grew up being taught, get a good job and then you get “benefits” which included health insurance. That is how I believe it should still be.
Medicaid is available to provide health insurance to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is tax dollar funded and run by the states. This is also how it should be done. Each individual state should know best how to care for its community. The federal government should not create a blanket idea for all 50 states on how to dispense government funded health insurance.
The Trump administration is working tirelessly to lower prescription prices and lower medical insurance pricing to get us back to a place where care is affordable. And with all the new jobs, benefits are more available.
I suppose the biggest point I want to make in this post is Trump supporters are not blindly following anyone. There is a methodology in the conservative thinking. The word conservative itself means marked by moderation or caution. I believe that is a good philosophy to live your life by and it will keep you from making bad decisions.
So the next time you want to judge a Trump supporter and decide that they are dumb and racist and don’t care about issues, just remember we all want the same results, we just have different ideas about how to best get there. We are all on the same team…..Team America!
And that brings me to my conclusion. In the beginning of this article, I said that the media would have you believe it was the man in the Oval Office that is dividing the country. I see it differently.
I believe it is the media and the groups that they serve that is doing the dividing. So I encourage everyone to start thinking for yourself, stop focusing on the media and actually look at the country starting with your own community. What needs to be addressed in your community? Focus on that and demand the attention of your government representatives to begin to make life in your community better, more fair, and happier. If we all do this in our communities there will be no need for the federal government to make decisions for us. And that is how it should be in America, the land of the free.
Be Fearless Be Gracious Be Authentic