I Am Better than This

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To say I am sad, scared, or even devastated would be to minimize what I am feeling today. I believe in the power of love, and good over evil. I have always felt there was more good in the world than bad.

When at eighteen I was raped and nearly strangled to death by a stranger who broke into my place of business, I refused to allow the actions of one sick individual to color my view of the world. I remained strong in my belief that we as a group were so much better than that.

Last night this country voted into office a man who has bragged about assaulting women.  A man endorsed by the KKK. A man scheduled to go on trial next month for raping a 13 year old girl, repeatedly. I thought we were better than this. I thought we had evolved. I had faith in the greater good and the human spirit.

You can say the political system is broken and I can only agree. How endorsing a candidate who has gleefully made fun of the disabled, indulged in the most juvenile name calling imaginable, and been sued too many times to count is going to change that, I can’t imagine.

I want to have faith that what is happening in this country is a distortion of how we really are. That we are better than this. I know this does not reflect who I am as an individual, but today that is the only thing I know.

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About bridgetstraub

Author, Artist & Mom. First novel "Searching for My Wand" was published in December 2011
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