These next few years, to put lightly...will be different. Whiny liberals, we'll surely be referred as, but we understand why this is different. We did not elect a Mitt Romney. We did not elect a John McCain. Hell, we did not opt for a George Bush third terms. We did not elect a Republican with a predictable center-right agenda.
This past November, the United States, by a nearly three million vote minority (yes, conservative friends, we must reiterate this) elected what might best be a described as a total and complete political wild-card. We did not opt for a John Kasich, not even a Marco Rubio. We opted for the total, complete, political reset-button.
Many of us will concede that 'the establishment' was far from perfect, it never is. However, many of us will contest, through the development of this blog, through our truest democratic voice, that it was never nearly as broken as President 45 enjoyed conveying, and we will argue for the changes we deem appropriate, both in context of this new administration, and the former.
These next few years will be unpredictable. Until this point, we have woken up everyday as Americans, exchanging Presidents, political orders, Republicans, Democrats, and have had the luxury to go to bed every night and wake up the next morning knowing that largely everything will be mostly the same, and we will all be okay. Now, we are all desperate to reach that same point of security, to assure ourselves, that in the end, everything will be okay as we know it. The reality is, perhaps we have been privileged in this country, as opposed to others, to enjoy consistently peaceful exchanges of power and political orders will minimal consequences to our established values and traditions. Now, we have opted for the unpredictable, and we will be perhaps no better than privileged, if we are to remain complacent in this traditional political, cultural security.
Our conservative friends who read this might be quick to dismiss this language as hyperbolic, assume that we have already fallen into this destructive partisanship, so soon willing to already cast a negative shadow on the President's legacy so that we many henceforth politically profit. The reality is, as many of us here know, that these insecurities are so unfortunately too real.
We are here not because we are Democrats or other left-minded individuals. We are here because we understand the vast insecurities among all different communities, within our campus included, as to how these experimental next few years will go. We are here for the voices that may as of these past few weeks feel the need to be more silent. We are here for the Muslim-American insecure that so many have been willing to falsely understand his or her religion. We are here for the Latino-American nervous for all those who will seek to challenge the veracity of their 'Americanhood.' We are here for the insecure LGBT community, uncertain if a Republican House of Representatives, Senate, potential Supreme Court, and unquestionably homophobic Vice-President will roll-back the progress of the last eight-years, and seek to return to a day where homosexuality and transsexuality could not be accepted in the mainstream. We are here for the international students, the undocumented students, those who now fear the same veracity of their 'Americanhood.' We are here because we understand that America was never a nation founded upon one people, one demographic. America was founded upon millennia of indigenous peoples, later accompanied by Northern Europeans, Mediterraneans, Latin-Americans, South-Asians and East-Asians, each arriving as part of a different generation of immigration, but all with the same goal, to achieve the American Dream. We are here because we understand, an 'American' is no one type of person, an 'American' is arguably not even someone who was actually born here. An 'American,' in its truest, most historically accurate, culturally precise definition, is merely one who is determined to travel here from whatever part of the world, and dedicate their lives to the hard work for the benefit themselves and their families. This is America. And we are doomed if we ever forget this.
We invite all of you, on campus, in the larger student community, adults, liberals, moderates, even conservatives, to come take part in our forum, voice your optimisms, your pessimisms, your concerns, and your hopes. The cynical, Fox News-conservative reading this might be fast to want to term this a 'safe space.' This is not some fictional, imaginative society that seeks to cater and shield those from different opinions, yet this is most certainly an outlet for a much-needed security, where we will be free to share a variety of different viewpoints, offer our progressive-minded solutions, and be willing to discuss opposing viewpoints so that we might hopefully reach a desperately needed common-ground.
We are here. This website. Social Media. Our weekly meetings. We are digital and physical, a cyberspace but also a physical space, and we will certainly assert- we are not going anywhere.
There is a certain truth that transcends any political circumstance: regardless of who is President, who controls Congress, who controls the Supreme Court, we, as people, as Americans, will always be stronger when we are together.
We invite you to find us, join, even just discuss with us, take part in our mission, to navigate these next few years, united together.
Penn State College Democrats.
Penn State College