I know I live in a liberal area of the US, but I didn't realize it was so liberal as to be an anomaly. Colorado went for Hillary Clinton--not by much, but by enough--but almost all of our neighbors didn't. The big swing states didn't.
I don't know what it says about me, that I am so surprised at how many people could support a person like Donald Trump, who exemplifies so much of what I despise. It's certainly motivational with regards to standing up for what I believe in. I'm still hopeful about the future, though. A Trump presidency won't be an easy presidency for him, no matter what the makeup of Congress is. He doesn't have a mandate in this country, and his coalition is as fractured as ever.
My father, a veteran, voted for Hillary. My mother, a southerner, voted for Hillary. My brother, who works in oil and gas, voted for Hillary. My sister, a doctor, voted for Hillary. I voted for her. And none of us are going to turn tail and cozy up to our new president-elect just because people are wagging their fingers at us and saying "Unity!" in the face of the dirtiest, most racist, misogynistic, homophobic, anti-POC and anti-Muslim election in modern American history.
We're not done working. We're not done fighting. We'll never be done striving for what we believe in.
If any veterans are reading this, thank you for your service to our country. I respect you greatly.