The 2016 Presidential Election, As Told By Hamilton: An American Musical

The 2016 Presidential Election, As Told By Hamilton: An American Musical

A history-changing election, illustrated by a history-changing Broadway hit.
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The last year and a half, especially these past few months, have been focused on one thing, and one thing alone: the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election. The process has been a tireless triage of emails, demands for health records and tax returns, and a slew of Twitter insults. And ultimately, we have chosen our President-Elect: Mr. Donald J. Trump.

Thinking about this election, now that we've had a few days to let the reality of it sink in, brings to mind another political time period best shown in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway hit, Hamilton. The emotions we see throughout the show parallel many of the emotions that we as a whole have witnessed over these past sixteen months or so.

1. When each party started out like this...

When they went from the plenty...

2. ...to when Trump and Clinton were named the nominees.

I doubt this happened that amicably, but I can imagine their thoughts were something similar to this.

But really, were you all that surprised when it came down to these two? It was inevitable from the start.

3. Every time Trump was accused of/blamed for something new.

A lot of people were just sick of it and were desperate for actual political issues by the end of it.

4. When the emails/primary election rigging information were leaked, or when Trump's tax records and Clinton's health records were asked for.

SO. MANY. DOCUMENTS!

5. Watching the debates between Clinton and Trump.

Let's face it...that one debate where they walked around on stage? That was totally a cabinet battle.

6. When you cast your ballot on Election Day.

#Werk that poll, my friends. You've successfully exercised your right to vote!

7. Waiting for the election results.

Some of us went to bed like normal people. Others of us waited until 3:30 a.m. EST to find out who won. Either way, we had to wait for it.

8. When Trump won the election.

Some were like:

While others were like:

9. And when you realized that this will either make or break America, that the next four years are completely up in the air, and will likely be talked about in a few generations.

History has been made here, people, and history will look back on whatever we decide to do with our nation.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Voting Is One Of The Best Ways For People To Elicit Change And You Should Do It On November 6

Make sure you vote, everyone! Be the change.

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I hear these phrases said quite often and it makes me sad:

"I don´t care about politics."

"It doesn't affect me so..."

"Nothing will change anyway."

Voting is one of the best ways for people to elicit change. The people are the only way that a person could get into a position of power and we can very well be a threat to someone who isn't doing the best for the country.

The current political climate can be very discouraging to some. I often feel discouraged by all the horrid things that occur and the rhetoric that is being accepted as fact, and I'm a political science major.

I can't emphasize enough how much more important it is the vote, now more than ever. At a time where we feel disappointed by the actions of our government, it is our civic duty to get to those polls. We have to show the government officials that we will not take things sitting down and we will vote them out if they are not doing what it is in the best interest for the people of this country.

The only people that can change politics and change the country is us. We hold that power. It's not just voting, it's encouraging others to vote, to become educated in the matters that concern our people, and to get involved in causes that matter to us. Politics doesn't just belong to the political scientists or government officials, it concerns EVERYONE.

If you want to live in a prosperous and equal country, it is not time to go against voting, it is time to exercise your right as an American.

Don't be discouraged because if there's any time to be excited for change, it is now. It is now when the people are seeing the injustice and the corruption in the government. It is now when the American people are coming together to improve the quality of life and gain equality for the masses.

I encourage everyone to go out and vote on November 6, not only because it affects you, but to play a part in improving the entire country.

This is the site where you find all information regarding registration:

https://www.rockthevote.org/

I hope to see you at the polls.

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