The Rocky Mountain States and the 2016 Election

The Rocky Mountain States and the 2016 Election

First of all, let me be clear: I am not a Hillary Clinton fan. I think she is somewhat of a dork and has a questionable record. However, I do not buy into the conservative media indictment of her, nor did I think she was unfit for the presidency. In fact, she was more than qualified, and I believe she would have become at the very least a respectable president once she got in. Plus, I think it would have been good for our country to finally elect a woman. That would have sent a very positive message to our young women and to the rest of the world. Instead, we have elected another old, white guy.

Trump is a wealthy business man with a documented record of failure and questionable practices and personal conduct. Aside from his fame, there is nothing about him that should attract attention, much less get enough votes to actually win the presidency. He has made it pretty clear that he is unfit for the office and that the people who have voted for him are delusional at the least, and mentally deficient at the worst. Trump did not win the election; Clinton lost it. We have embarrassed ourselves internationally and shown our true colors. We are in fact not the light of the world. We do not represent enlightenment and intelligence. We are nothing more than a mixed bag. We have a lot a darkness and ignorance in our closet, that until now I thought was a dwindling remnant of our past. Unfortunately, in this election, it has raised its ugly head. We had the chance to move forward (even if not in the most satisfying way) and continue to live in a spirit of compassion and light, but instead have resorted to the base emotions of fear and hate. Now as the new administration is forming, even proven science is being shown the door. God help us all.

Aside from the four years I spent serving my country I have always lived in the Rocky Mountain region. While my heart is forever tied to this part of the country, mostly for my love of its nature and the beauty and magnificence of its landscape, I am appalled at the ugliness and ignorance of a large portion of its human population. My current home state of Colorado did not disappoint me, but the great states of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho voted basically 2 to 1 in favor of Trump. For that I have lost respect for you. Some things never change, and it will be the undoing of these people. Your states are worth nothing to me without your wildlife and natural environments. You should be ashamed of yourselves. I hope you realize (or let me educate you fools) that if this next administration had its way all that natural beauty that your states have to offer would disappear in a cloud of privatized public lands, clear cut forests, depleted wildlife with some species ruthlessly hunted to extinction (as it has happened numerous times in the past), mining devastation and pollution, and poor air and water quality. This is what happens when money is your master and greed is your driving force. This is what happens when you ignore science. It is all a soulless pursuit and these Republican extremists and their supporters are perfect examples of failed parenting, schools, and churches. What these people and the bad influences they surround themselves with offer is a temporary escape from reality, unsustainable economics that benefit only a few, with a long-term sentence of death for the entire country.

Four years is a short time in the history of our country, but I’m not looking forward to all the potential damage that will need to be repaired and the messes cleaned up in the aftermath. There is a lot of blame to go around for this nationwide failure, but I’m ashamed that some of it came from the very states that I love. The truth is that if it were not for progressive politics of the last many decades, the things you love the most about these states would not even exist. You want proof? Educate yourself with history.