My Thoughts on Helsinki

What a week. I was honestly hoping we would never have a week like this, but here we are. 

I was so upset on Tuesday when everything happened that I didn't have words. I couldn't get myself to sit down and type out my feelings and express how disappointed I really was. But, here I am.

Let's start this column off by going back to 2016. The Presidential election. When Donald Trump won the election that November night, I think it's safe to say I was a bit puzzled. I think it's safe to say a lot of us were a bit puzzled. 

This Billionaire with absolutely no political experience was about to become the most powerful man in the world. 

Maybe puzzled is an understatement. 

Nonetheless, I woke up the next day excited for the potential of an "outsider" coming into office to shake things up. This was something our Country had never seen before, so why not give him a chance? Why not be an advocate for our wonderful Democracy and get behind him. 

So, I did. I continued to root for our President and I did everything I possibly could to try and find positives. Although I may not have supported every single decision he made, I did respect him for staying true (mostly) to his word. 

Fast forward to today. Thursday July 19th, 2018. My patience is gone. 

When I read and then watched the comments our President made siding with Vladimir Putin and Russia, I lost all respect I once had. 

Making comments against U.S. Intelligence, showing you don't trust the people who make our Country so great and so safe is where I draw the line. 

This isn't a party argument. This is an argument about the safety of our Country and our Democracy that makes us so great. 

This isn't something we as a Country should just push aside. This isn't something we should just let go. This is a big deal, this is what so many were worried about that November night. 

I don't care what Donald Trump said to "apologize", because I don't think any apology is good enough for bad mouthing the Country you are supposed to be the leader of. Covering your tracks is something you do when you're in trouble with your Mom, not when you're President of the free world. 

The comments made were disgraceful, unforgiving and dangerous towards our Democracy. 

Open your eyes, America. What are you missing? Your President failed to acknowledge, and then sided with, a Country who is trying to disrupt our Democracy, aka YOUR FREEDOM. 

If it happened once, what is going to stop it from happening again? What is going to stop Donald Trump from working directly with the Country that has shown it's capabilities to interfere in any way they possibly can. 

And if it does happen, how are we going to keep him accountable? How are we going to back up our news outlets and all of our other checks and balances? Because, it seems like to me anything negative about Donald Trump is "Fake News" these days.

But, what do I know?

All in all, I am still an American and I am still proud to be an American. I just worry that we are losing what has made us so great. I worry about our position in this world and I worry what another 2 (possibly 6 years) will do for this Country. 

I urge you all to look beyond the Tweets and the headlines and think deeply about what actually happened in Helsinki this week. And most of all, I urge you to get out and Vote in November, it may be one of the most important elections we've ever had as a Country. 



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