HOLLAND, MICH. - Nathan Bocks is a Holland attorney specializing in real estate and estate planning. He's also very in tune with our country's political system, so Bocks tried to be as informed as possible during this election season.
"I have been a lifelong Democrat, actually worked for the Democratic Party during the campaign as a poll watcher," Bocks said.
Obviously, the election did not end in his favor.
"I can't figure out how this could have happened because of all of things that Donald Trump had said about women, what he had said about minorities," Bocks said.
Like many others this week, he took to the internet to voice his opinion in an open letter to friends.
"I tried to stay out of it as much as I possibly could have but found myself in the wee hours of the morning following the election trying to make sense of what had happened," Bocks said.
Surrounded by his thoughts, Bocks remembered something -- something that had happened to his family 20 years ago.
"I immediately found myself in a situation that I hadn't created, that I couldn't control, but that I desperately needed to fix," Bocks said.
His son, Duncan, was diagnosed with leukemia at 20 months old.
"The only option that was given to my wife and to me was the option of giving him chemotherapy," Bocks said. "Over the course of the next three years, we were forced into a situation where we were continually poisoning our child in order to save him."
He believed that situation sounded oddly familiar.
"We kept saying to ourselves, this is the only thing that's going to save him, this is the only thing that's going to save him," said Bocks, "and suddenly it dawned on me, I think that's how a lot of my friends have been feeling."
He wrote that blog post.
"They're in a position that they can't control, that they've done everything that they can and the only option that they've been giving is to poison the system in order to save the system and the more I thought about it, and the more I wrote through it I thought that they made a whole lot of sense to me," Bocks said.
The blog post has now been shared almost 1,000 times.
"I had completely missed all of the things that my friends had been saying over the last couple of months about why it was that they were going down that road," Bocks said. "But when I thought about it in terms of what we had done to save our child it made complete sense to me."
Although he doesn't agree with his friends who voted for Trump, he said his outlook has entirely shifted.
"Rather than us being divided, I think that we need to be united. I think that we need to embrace those differences and I think we as Americans can work together to try and make that successful," Bocks said.
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