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How America Will End

Terrorism won’t end America.

Consumerism, apocalypse, disease, and war won’t end America.

Because America (the idea, the people, and the country) is stronger than these factors.

America was built on simple ideas: freedom, liberty, the pursuit of happiness (paraphrasing, but you get the idea, right?).

Sure, there were some major issues early on and there have been some speed bumps along the way. I’ll admit, we are nowhere near perfect and we don’t necessarily live up to the ideals that we preach 100% of the time.

But on any given day, I would say I am proud to be an American.

Honestly, I have never been afraid living in America at any point in my life. I have always had a place to sleep at night, food to eat, clean water, and basic security. I have even had a few extras, like education and entertainment. Things that I think we all take for granted.

As Americans, we occupy a privileged status and while there may be occasional threats to our nation’s security, we are protected in ways that other persons in other countries in the world are not. As individuals, most of us are relatively safe.

Of course, not all of us have the same amount of privilege, but our Constitution guarantees us a degree of recognition of each others right to think, speak, feel, and be who we want to be, which is unfortunately a privilege in this world. (Again, not perfect … but better than many places)

So, what (in my opinion) will be the end of America?

It won’t be a narcissistic, mysogynistic, islamophobe who quotes Fascist dictators and hesitates to denounce a white supremacist terror organization (because as long as he’s not the victim, it’s okay, right?).

Unfortunately, he isn’t the problem.

What will end America is the fact that a large portion of our citizens, filled with hatred and prejudice, exercise their right to vote while those who are victimized and level-minded (I never said this was an unbiased account) do not.

I’m not sure if it comes down to education, culture, or simply hatefulness in human nature … but the fact is that the Republican side of American voters supporting this man is tarnishing the “greatness” of America.

Technically, it’s too late to “stop” him. I would love nothing more than to be hopeful about things … but history has shown that horrible people can rise to power, even when the populace votes for their leaders.

Most likely, anyone reading this understands the gravity of the situation and hasn’t made moves to support this man. I think most of us are surprised, but the reality is  that there are plenty of Americans who do. (Seriously, where were they hiding all these years?)

I wish more than anything that these votes in support of him were a product of corruption. Because at least then I could make sense of this phenomenon. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

What’s more, I don’t see any way to reason with people who are so blinded by hatred. Thus, I worry for the future of America.

The America that he promises to “make great again” would be unrecognizable in his hands. America in his eyes, is not the America I see for myself, or for anyone that is privileged to live in this country. We all deserve better than an America under his rule. We all deserve a world that is free of leaders like he pledges to be.

Above all, I am fearful for the future — something that I don’t think I have seriously said ever before in my life.

I fear for a country that supports a man who speaks with hatred, incites violence, and has only known power and financial excess his entire life.

I fear for a country that votes to elect said man as their leader.

I fear for a country that has clearly forgotten history; because day by day, his trajectory has come closer and closer to that of a certain Adolf Hitler.

I fear, most of all, for a country that makes the crucial mistake of allowing a thinly veiled dictator to take control. Said mistake is one that America will never recover from, making all the progress made in the last 239 years meaningless.

Again, I don’t know where his supporters have been all this time, brewing in their hatred, so I know this falls on deaf ears…but I can’t think of any other way to express this growing sense of dread that his campaign has instilled in myself and others.

Of course, there is nothing we can do other than exercise our right to vote, speak out against hate, and hope for the best.

But I fear that those measures are too little and too late.

I am furiously wishing and hoping that America proves me wrong.

I don’t know what comes next if we allow history to repeat itself and allow someone who preaches for his plan of deportation, segregation, and (probably) genocide to slide into power and enact his screwed up racist plans.

I don’t know.

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