Election Post #3: Beat Up for Voting
I saw something this morning that made my jaw drop. A guy who apparently just voted in the 2016 Presidential election was dragged out of his car and beaten by 3 or 4 individuals. There is limited context for this, but apparently this man had just voted for Trump (how they knew or guessed this, I don’t know) and these guys wanted to teach him a lesson.
Listen, I know this was a highly divisive campaign and people have strong feelings on both sides. However, every American has the right to vote for the candidate of their choosing, even if they write in their own name. No one should be able to intimidate or use violence against another person simply because they disagree with another person’s vote. This is sad.
The truth is that we live in a democracy that is largely characterized by a two-party system. Likewise, we are a deeply divided country, roughly split equally between republicans and democrats. Sometimes a republican wins and sometimes a democrat wins. This means that your candidate will probably lose half of the time. Regardless, we need to be respectful of the democratic process and the vote of all Americans.
Your Turn: When you saw this video, what were your thoughts and feelings?