Just a few minutes of your time, if you can spare it...

First off, I've always disliked the Orangeman. I always thought he was a bloviated, narcissistic, self-absorbed celebrity who spouted off nonsense. I never watched his show. My opinions were reaffirmed especially after he started his unfounded claims that Obama wasn't born in the U.S. No, I never liked him.

I am fully aware of the professional folks I am connected with via social media, specifically Facebook. I am fully aware that some of my comments of the past 3 weeks may have made them cringe, embarrassed them, or feel embarrassed for me, especially the night of and days after the Presidential election.

Sorry, but not sorry.

This is not a typical time. This is not the standard Republican vs. Democratic arguments of the past 40, 50, 60 years. This man has brought out the ugliest characteristics of our country, unearthing suppressed elements of racism, xenophobia, sexism, and authoritarianism. While I will not live in a state of fear, I do feel threatened. I feel threatened that my family will once again be subjected to expensive and inadequate health insurance. I feel threatened for my friends in the LGBT community. I feel threatened for my immigrant and Muslim friends. I feel threatened for my friends who are public teachers, military personnel, and journalists. Most importantly, I feel threatened for the one and only planet we live on.

My intentions are never to divide us. I wish I had the power to bring us all together, for I truly believe our troubles are not caused by Republicans vs. Democrats, but by the wealthy vs. the 99%. So, when I see some outrageous comments like "Climate change is a hoax," I am going to speak out. When I see Orangeman picking cabinet members for his administration that are all anti-LGBT, I am going to speak out. When I see militaristic Generals, that love to wage war, being put into positions of power, I am going to speak out. When I see cabinet picks and surrogates stating, "There are no such things as facts," I am going to speak out.

I want us ALL to do well. Call me an idealist, but I believe we can all achieve the great American dream. Some of us are more inclined to work harder than others. Some of us are good people. Some of us are bad. We all have to navigate through the sea of personalities and backgrounds that make up this great country. But when someone or some entity takes away from me or my friends and family - my insurance, facts, education, clean air, clean water, jobs, etc., then I am going to resist. Not in the interest of being offensive to said entity, but to be defensive for friends and family.

So... This was all written pretty fast, and I might change some of this up later, but I felt a need to get this out. I really want us all to get along, respect each other, and take care of the one and only planet we have to live on. I will continue to speak out.

-SA