The day after the 2016 Presidential Elections
Elections are usually fueled with a feeling of hope and optimism. This year, the atmosphere is different. After seeing who won on Google, at about 5:30 am, I logged onto Facebook to see the responses of my friends. Many of my friends are sad, upset, angry, and hurt. Despite the winner, I can’t help but feel this is a classic example of the cup being half empty or half full. [map image from Google*]
We the People
America spoke loud and clear. As a collective whole, the country has elected Mr. Donald Trump to be President of the United States. It’s democracy. We should be proud we have such a system in place in which we can excersise our freedoms and have a “peaceful transition of power…” like President Obama said, which “is one of the hallmarks of our democracy”. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and what we shouldn’t do is belittle the people who did vote for Donald Trump. It was their choice. Who did I vote for? If you’ve been following the blog, you know but if you haven’t, click here to find out.
Love always trumps hate
I know, I know, probably not the best play on words for the subtitle but perhaps we need to soften our hearts and give President-Elect Donald Trump a chance. Sure, there is a lot of things he’s said and has done that does not work in his favor. However, Donald Trump was “presidential” in his victory speech. He started with “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division; have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.” This is important because now we have to see if he’ll follow through. Politics are ugly and they got really ugly this year. It is my hope that things will get better. Now this election cycle did uncover a division in our country that in many ways was dormant. It’s around racism. I know there’s issues needing to be solved but it was such a shocker to me to see how bad things really were. We all need to come together, politics aside, and fix it. The best way to start is through prayer. We also need prayer for our country. God is listening. As a Christian, I know that nothing is done without God’s approval. The leaders appointed over us are because God has allowed in. No matter who our President would have been, even if it was Steve Austin, I find comfort in knowing that I did my part and ultimately, God allowed that person to become President. I like what my Pastor said on this: “You can glorify God by honoring a president you don’t like.” -Pastor Rick Blackwood
The media’s role
Shifting gear just a bit… I’m not a political analyst but here is my opinion on what I think happened.
First, the lack of leadership allowed Donald Trump to enter the political scene and run in the primaries. What kept him there? The media. There is no such thing as bad publicity. Trump was so entertaining, the new coverage was always about him. Oddly enough, all the all the coverage was about him, no one thought he’d get the Republican nomination.
Fast forward to the recent weeks. Most national polls had Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton. The reason I think this is bad is because people may think that Hillary has got shoe in the White House already and therefore, may not vote. The other issue is that Donald Trump’s coverage is so bad that people say they will vote for Hillary when in fact, they aren’t. Some of that blame is on us, for not being as tolerant of other people’s decisions in the same way we want other people to be.
Lastly, what I’d like to recommend is that for future elections, take what your hear in the news lightly. Use the information they provide as a way to become interested and find more information to make a better and informed decision.
No matter who would’ve one, one thing is clear, we need to come together to make things work. We shouldn’t be worried about the possibility of things that can happen, instead, we should be optimistic of the work we’re going to do to ensure that we all do the right thing and hold each other accountable. United we stand and divided we fall. We must stand united. Sure, Donald Trump will be the leader of the free world but the checks and balances our forefathers put in place are there for that very reason: checks and balances. The cup being half empty of half full is up to you. The choice is yours. What’s it going to be?
Below are some screen shots I enjoyed reading today:
Originally published at www.ippyg.com.