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.

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. 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.


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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A Thank You Letter To My Best Friend

All the things I should thank you for more often than I do.

To My Best Friend,

This thank you is long overdue. There are so many things I want to thank you for, and I’m sure I’m going to still be missing some by the end of this letter. But here is a small token of my gratitude for just being by my side in this life and making it all worthwhile.

Thank you first of all for accepting me and loving me for exactly who I am. This isn’t easy. I can be stubborn, difficult and confusing, but you love and accept me for me. There are days I wonder when you’ll finally come to your senses and move on and find a new BFF, one who isn’t so complicated, but to my amazement, you never do. You tell me you’ll take the good with the bad, and when I question whether I have any good left, you’re always there to reassure me and show me that I do. Thank you for loving me in my dorky and difficult moments, moments where if the rest of the world saw them, they’d probably walk away. Thank you for understanding me like no one else does; if we didn’t have the connection we did, I can’t imagine how lonely and big this world would feel. Because of you, this world seems like a little friendlier place, one I can see myself being a part of.

Thank you for being my biggest fan. Besides my family, you are my biggest supporter, and I know that when I win, you win, and when you win, I win. In this battle we call life, it doesn’t matter who’s in my opponents corner, because I know I am always going to have you in mine, and that’s the best asset I could ever ask for. You encourage me to chase my dreams like no one else does, and I can tell that you sincerely hurt when I hurt — not many people care about me in such a deep way. Whatever crazy dream I tell you I’m going to chase after next, you believe I can do it, even when the rest of the world thinks I’m crazy for even suggesting it. When something good happens, you’re the first person I want to tell, and when something bad happens, you’re the first one I go to for support.

Thank you for being you. You are incredible my dear, and I can’t wait to constantly remind your husband that he got crazy lucky and out kicked his coverage big time. You are beautiful inside and out. On the outside, you are so gorgeous; you’re very own unique and incredible definition of beauty, and I know I’m one of many who see it. You’re intimidating to stand next to in pictures because I know your light shines so bright, but I’ll gladly stand next to you and take a picture, because I’m so excited to show the world how breathtakingly beautiful my best friend is. On the inside you are even prettier, with a warm heart, a sharp mind and an unbelievable personality. You are hands down the funniest person I know, and I still can’t believe that someone as funny and hilarious as you chooses to spend her time with someone as dweeby and awkward as me. I mean, half the time we’re laughing at some fail I had or something stupid I did, so I guess I contribute a little bit to our constant laughing. You are so kind and so sweet, and have the biggest heart of anyone I know. God spent a little extra time when he made you, because you’re the total package: you’re beautiful, awesome and amazing, all wrapped in one, and I’m so lucky he put you in my life—he knows I’d be lost without you.

Thank you for being there for me whenever I need it. It was once said that “all that relationships are are being there for someone when they need you,” and you’re a pro at this. Whether it be because another boy is being stupid or I’m feeling alone, I know all I need to do is call you, and I’ll instantly feel better. You help my through the countless problems Lord knows I have trouble solving, and you reassure me that no matter what, you’re always going to be there for me. This is huge, and something very few people have been able to do for me, but you always have, and I know you always will be. And that is the most reassuring thing I know, knowing that if all hell breaks loose, the world falls apart and I have no one, I’ll have you. And that is all I need.

Thank you for being a spark, a light in my life that no matter how dark the world around us gets, is always there to light my way and show me the way home. Thank you for laughing with me when God blesses us with a funny moment, and crying with me when God is trying to tell me something. Thank you for standing beside me in the greatest of moments and the darkest of hours. Thank you for being the one I share my fondest memories with: all the nights we stayed up really late, all the exciting adventures we went on and all the inside jokes we still laugh about today. Thank you for growing up with me; for being there every step of the way and creating some of my happiest moments with me. Thank you for all the memories I've shared with you, and I can't wait for what crazy adventure we're going to go on next.

So thank you for accepting me, loving me, and supporting me. Thank you for being your wonderful self, and thank you for being there for me, through thick and thin, even when I'm at my lowest. Thank you for shining your brilliant light into my life and illuminating my world.

Oh, and thank you for being my maid of honor. I know I won’t need to ask you for a while, but you had to know it was coming, right?

Thank you for being the godmother to my future children, the sister to my family, and another daughter to my parents.

And finally, thank you for being the best to my friend.

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Teens Started A #IfIDieInASchoolShooting Trend On Twitter, Because This Is The World We Live In Now

Because the truth is, school shootings have become so prevalent in America that children of all ages see them as inevitable.

Last Friday, a gunman killed ten people in a high school in Santa Fe, Texas. So far in the 20 weeks of 2018, there have been 22 school shootings in America, which averages to about one school shooting per week.

With social awareness involving gun violence increasing since the Parkland shooting in February, the narrative has shifted to include vocal and active teens who have pressed lawmakers for forms of gun control. These teens have organized marches around the country and called out politicians who have ties with the NRA.

Because the truth is that school shootings have become so prevalent in American society that children of all ages see them as inevitable.

After Friday's shooting American teens took to Twitter to talk about the inaction of lawmakers and the cycle of violence that threatens their lives everyday.

The hashtag #IfIDieInASchoolShooting voices the final wishes, fears, and unachieved dreams of teenagers if their lives were to be shot down in a classroom.

Many wanted their deaths to push the conversation for gun control forward:

Others were aware of how their future would be cut short:

Or that, in the end, their lives would make little impact to prevent future tragedies:

And teens who have already been affected by gun violence remember those they lost:

There was a heartbreaking moment during the aftermath of Friday's shooting in which a student was asked if she thought something as momentous as this would ever happen at her school.

Her eyes downcast and her voice shaking with shock, she let out a small sound of exasperation. "No," she said. "It's been happening everywhere. I always kind of felt like eventually it was going to happen here too."

We are no longer surprised.

School shootings are regular fixtures in our news feeds. We comment on the tragedy and look on as politicians make excuses and fix nothing.

The fact that children in America know that they might be murdered in their classrooms is inexcusable. No child should ever have to fear for their life or plan their eulogy. Change is desperately needed, and we can no longer afford to forget.

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