Thank You, Trump…


By Catherine Miele

Before you click that “x” in the corner of your screen, please keep reading and know this is NOT that kind of post.

I’m a registered Democrat although I have voted and always will vote for issues over party. I proudly and almost tearfully voted for Hillary Clinton, and I do not believe that Trump’s values are my values. In a sense, I’m #stillwithher and every single woman who marched—in the flesh or in spirit—on January 21.

Every day I struggle with the desire to respect the office of the presidency while solidly maintaining a passion and fire to oppose what I feel are assaults against human dignity.

And I still wake up some mornings feeling overwhelmed, confused, angry, and disheartened when I turn on the news.

Like I said, it’s a struggle.

But beyond every dark cloud there is light, and believe it or not, the election of Donald Trump has inspired some good in the world.

And that is why I write—to cling to every bit of goodness and speck of light in this sometimes dark world while quietly reminding others to do the same.

To President Donald J Trump,

I did not vote for you. I do not believe you have my best interest at heart, and I am honestly afraid that you will lead us away from some of the progress we’ve seen in my 32 years on Earth. Nevertheless, I must thank you.

Thank you for reminding me that I can be an activist and advocate in my day-to-day life. That I can stand up for friends, walk peacefully and proudly among my sisters (and brothers), and enact change by tearing down walls rather than building them.

Thank you for reminding me that progress is achieved among the resistance, and that ideals in support of the greater good cannot be erased from the minds of visionaries and believers.

Thank you for reminding me that empathy and compassion are essential to living a peaceful and fulfilling life. It is through empathy that we realize that all the battles are not won and every journey is not complete.

Thank you for reminding me that feminism is still important for my generation and that “nasty women” are an unstoppable force worthy of respect and success. That women are not second-class citizens even if some very powerful men treat us that way.

Thank you for reminding me that knowledge is both power and a fundamental element for operating a civil society. That rhetoric can (and does) go far, but that science, logic, and a hunger for empirical truth are invaluable. That alternate facts are simply lies, no matter what label you put on them.

Thank you for reminding me that fear is often a great motivator—especially when it involves our social, political, religious, and ideological differences—but love and respect are even greater.

Thank you for reminding me that privilege is in the eye of the beholder, but everybody deserves a shot at success. That a person’s place in society should never determine their worth or chance to learn and achieve.

Thank you for reminding me that complacency breeds the opportunity for evil to creep in, but because it is an absolute truth and can never be said enough, that love trumps hate.

Yes, thank you for reminding me that love will always trump hate.


A nasty woman from Alabama

Catherine is part of the Contributing Writer Network at Thirty on Tap. To apply to become a Contributing Writer, please click HERE.

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