This is the second thing I’ve written since the election. I’m still processing what Trump means to me and those around me. Several times I sat down to write a reaction piece, but I just ended up with a jumbled mess. I eventually decided to talk about my political views, which is quite rare.
I voted for Gary Johnson. And no, it wasn’t a wasted vote as I’ve had many friends imply. And no, I didn’t vote for him because I just couldn’t bring myself to vote for Trump or Clinton. I voted for him because I believe in the principles of the Libertarian party. But until about 6 years ago, I didn’t even know that there was such a thing.
I grew up in a Republican household. My mom voted straight Republican in every election and when I was old enough to vote, I did the same. I had been drinking the Republican kool-aid for a very long time. The only issue I really understood was abortion and because Republicans were always pro-life, I always voted Republican. And because I had always been a Republican in a Republican household in a Republican state, I was very closed-minded to other viewpoints. However, as the years went on, I began to see things in the Republican party that I didn’t agree with, mostly revolving around wars and big government.