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Forget Trump’s rhetoric, look at his agenda

Daniel Kong, Guest opinion

November 15

Filed under Election, Voices of the Election

Watching social media implode over the past few days has been, as usual, infuriating. For any normal election, I would have said my own reaction is exaggerated and naive: the people who say that we need to get used to what happened, unite as a country and accept what happened are unintelligent. I'm under the impression that many do not understand the risk that an entirely Republican...

You still have a voice

November 15

Filed under Election, Voices of the Election

Many think that Trump himself is horrifying, but what I feel is most scary is this nation's division of values and ideas. We clearly saw the map Tuesday night. These problems America face go as far back as the Civil War. Many want change and America has spoken. That is a fact, and we can't ignore this issue. Instead of rebelling against our own system and demeaning Trump in...

Obama’s final move: protecting women’s health

Nikki Goetz, Guest Opinion

November 15

Filed under Election, Voices of the Election

After the election of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama took executive action to sign Title X Nov. 10, which means states can’t vote to defund Planned Parenthood and the services it provides. During his campaign, Trump said he intended to defund Planned Parenthood because he’s pro-life and wants to get rid of the abortion factor. By doing that he takes away a woman’s...

Feminists united

Victoria Serber, Guest Opinion

November 15

Filed under Opinion, Voices of the Election

It’s not my selling point, but I am a former member of the Republican Party. What this election has done more than anything is reaffirm my decision to leave an institution that values tradition over integrity, sexual assault over emails. I am not alone in my shock at America’s newest president-elect, shedding my fair share of tears with friends, family, and strangers. As...

Donald Trump can’t poison our country if we take action

Thomas De Alba, Contributing Writer

November 15

Filed under Election, Opinion, Voices of the Election

The hardest part of my election night was sitting at the foot of my mother’s bed, staring through her glossy, tear-burdened eyes and holding her tight, telling her everything was going to be OK. She used to do the same for me as a child when I was afraid of monsters being elected president too. My social media pages now resemble a salty ice cream sundae made out of...

Hope doesn’t equal reality

Parker Dangers Oncken, Senior Staff Writer

November 15

Filed under Opinion, Voices of the Election

It was like a nightmare unfolding in front of me. Early Tuesday evening, I stationed myself on the couch, tuned the television to PBS and settled in for a long night of political discussion and voting results. I had a fruit smoothie in my hand and a feeling of anxious excitement in my heart. In the days leading up to November 8th, I watched, read and researched everythin...

Life goes on

Jocelyn Mobley, Features editor

November 15

Filed under Election, Election Reactions, Voices of the Election

My loving, accepting and educated mother voted for Donald Trump. Many people see him as an arrogant buffoon who ridicules people just because they come from different races and values. But my mother explained to me why she voted the way she did.   I was baffled because I knew my mother’s morals didn’t align with Trump’s. I asked myself how could she ever vote...

The Germans didn’t think it could happen there, either

Emily A. Schmidt, Adjunct faculty, Philosophy Humanities and Religion

November 15

Filed under Election Reactions, Opinion, Voices of the Election

When I did my master’s degree at Harvard, I studied with Dr. Helmut Koester, an immigrant to America who served in the German military in WWII. Once, he had a meeting with students to talk about his experiences during the war. He enlisted, he said, because he heard that his country was being attacked, and because the secret police were always watching. He was eventually a...

Understanding the Other Guy’s Fears

R.J. Skywalker Burks, Guest Opinion

November 15

Filed under Opinion, Voices of the Election

California is a pretty unique place. For the most part, we feel sheltered from a lot of what happens in Washington D.C. and the rest of the country. At least that's what I've been told by hundreds of tourists in my life. When the news hit that Donald Trump won the presidential election, I wasn't terribly surprised at the backlash that hit social media. Then again, I wasn't...

Post election fears no overreaction

Carin McKenna Huber, Opinion Editor

November 15

Filed under Opinion, Voices of the Election

In the wake of the presidential election you may find many people you know are afraid. They are, or they love, someone who is an immigrant, non-Christian, non-white, LGBTQ+, a woman, low-income or some combination thereof. This may seem an overreaction. Every election you remember people swore to leave the country if the other guy won, but nothing really ever changed and life...

A third party vote

Matt Fowler, SRJC Alumnus

November 15

Filed under Election Reactions, Opinion, Voices of the Election

This election—this reality show—was as fascinating as it was depressing. Fascinating because of the mud slinging rhetoric and disregard for any shred of decency, and depressing because voters had to choose between such polarizing and unqualified candidates. I voted for a third party so I could sleep at night knowing I didn’t contribute to either one of these deplorable...

Family of Trump supporters motivated by desperation, not racism

Anonymous

November 15

Filed under Voices of the Election

  I realize that by writing this, I’m committing what some might consider the ultimate betrayal to my family. All I can say to this fact is I am sorry and I will try to be as fair as possible in depicting their views. Please try to remember that these people are generally good. They just have a different perspective. The first member of my family to actively support...

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