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  • An insight from a young relation who attended the inauguration:

    Today, from 7:00AM to the event's closure, I attended the presidential inauguration in Washington, DC and there I was very strikingly exposed to only some of the horrifying realities regarding our nation's health that I believe one could only completely comprehend by similar personal political involvement.

    If you don't want to hear about Trump and issues related, stop now. I don't blame you. I won't argue here and I don't care about Facebook. Also, if you dig Trump you should probably unfriend me or whatever. If you know all of what I'm going to say here, great. If you don't want to hear it, great. I am speaking out for myself and anyone who will listen. I furiously write this in a crowded train station now caring and fearing more for the state of our country, for defending and fueling honest press, and for maintaining a clear and fact-based perception of events, ideas, and intentions within our population.

    There were circumstances today that surely showed the extreme necessity for our growth. The mass quantity of peaceful protesters expressed the beauty of democracy and the passion for change, and yet these people were highly discriminated and wrongly shut down. We were treated like vermin far beyond my initial expectation.

    The entrances for the event were equal initially, but some time around noon things changed. Out of the four possible entryways at any given security checkpoint, three were designated for Trump supporters while the peaceful protesters could only enter through just one. The security checks for these protesters took an unnecessary long and unjust amount of time, causing a chaotic build up around the area and also creating the false appearance of less protesters from the inside. These protesters endured and continued to wait. Eventually this issue caused an accumulation of over 10,000 peaceful protesters surrounding the entrances that were then kept from the inauguration altogether. This was a public event requiring no ticket, and yet at that point and any after, you were only let in as long as you didn't carry a protest sign. The media has attempted to cover this up. I'm glad I got my sign inside.

    Trump's sell-out, surface-leveled, sap for the suckers sort of speech included talk of equality, revolution, peace, and the betterment of American lives as well as humankind as a whole. Not but minutes after his oath and this speech was spewed, important information within the White House website was changed and removed. I had hardly had time to digest the speech before my peers around me were yelling about how all references to climate change, civil rights, and the lgbtq community were removed from the site. Seeing this for myself, I found it true. Out with the b.s. "speech" and in with terminal ignorance.

    I could continue on about how our media focuses nearly entirely on the smaller number of protesters that were outside the event (meaning unscreened by security and not actually involved in the inauguration itself) breaking windows, vandalizing, and setting fires. Of course this is unacceptable, but they focus on these people despite the fact that thousands came to stand peacefully, taking up blocks and blocks of space in protest for an average estimate of between 10 to 12 hours per person and even better still that the vast majority of those driven individuals will be at it again tomorrow. After all this and more, I mourn for our country. I will be back tomorrow.

    Quite eloquently put.
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