2018 Is Finally Over, And I am So Hopeful For The New Year

By Katiee McKinstry

These past two years under this administration have been… a very trying time for a lot of us. Sometimes it feels like there is no hope, and that things only seem to get worse every day. (See: John Mulaney’s Horse is Loose in a Hospital bit.) Regardless, I do have some hope for America’s political future, and I hope you do too.

I’m really proud of how the local elections went this year. Stacey Abrams may not have claimed her rightful throne as Queen of Georgia, but she is striving for voters rights and to make sure that every vote is counted. Michelle Obama is kicking ass on her new book tour and working at her non-profit alongside her husband to help anyone and everyone in need. The democrats have taken the house, and there are more women in office than ever before. These things, my friends, are amazing.

With that in mind, I hope we see a movement of strong, powerful women this year. I hope there is more focus on environmental issues, women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, and more recognition of racial disparities. I hope a lot of the people in office learn to check their privilege. With the addition of more women in office, there are also more WOC/POC added as well. I hope that this will bring more awareness of racial/class disparity, making several of our politicians have a better understanding of privilege.

While we are still under this new administration, I think 2019 will be the year of push back. We did that. I hope to see new laws being passed, and women having a stronger voice in this country. It’s easy to drown in the negative, but there are so many factors to be positive about. We’ve got this. We used our voices to make a change, and let’s continue to do so as we launch into 2019.

I hate to be that person who’s screaming VOTE all the time (who am I kidding, I love it!) but your vote is your voice. If that isn’t evident to you after this past few November’s, it should be. Make sure you are registered to vote, and go out there and get shit done.