An open letter to protesters

Written by Adriana Watson, Editorial Editor

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Dear protesters,

I get it if you’re mad. You got Donald Trump as president, and the Alt-Right is beating you down one politician at a time. But come on! Have a little respect. Just because you don’t like the president, and people are starting to see past your poorly researched facts and your horrifically spelled signs, doesn’t mean you have the right to burn a limousine in the middle of the street and smash the windows of two companies who openly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but there are limits to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is not a good excuse for vandalism. It is not an excuse for starting fires in the street, and it is certainly not a good reason to injure other people in the process.

Things have gotten out of hand, and I think you know it. It is one thing to dislike our president. No one can stop you from having an opinion, but regardless of how you feel about him, Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America.

If we continue to fight and protest this fact, America will simply become more divided, and that is the last thing we want. A united country is a strong country, and if we continue to separate ourselves from our fellow Americans simply because of a difference in opinion, America will never become stronger.

So please, for the sake of us all, have faith in our  president. Have faith in your government, and have faith in our fellow citizens. We as a country are at a crucial point in our existence. In office, we have a man who has promised to give the power back to the people, and we have faith that he will keep that promise because for once we do not have a politician in office: we have a man who has worked on American soil and thrived. We have someone who, debatably, has figured out the key to the American dream. For once, we have someone who intends to make promises and keep them.

America is changing, and if we believe that it is changing for the better and work towards that belief, it will become a reality. At the end of the day, it is not the men and women in Washington D.C. who choose which way America goes. We, the people, have that power.

The very foundation of America is built upon the people, and if the people are divided and sensitive, America will reflect that; however, if the people are strong willed, united, and confident, then America will follow suit.

Alone, we are nothing more than people wandering through life. Together, we are a powerful nation changing the world for the better.

 

Sincerely,

A proud American

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