A Dash of Election Perspective
November 9, 2016 45 Comments
I think most people are shocked from last night’s election results. I couldn’t stay awake long enough to see the results, but my wife was kind enough to wake me up at 3:00 AM and report them to me. She knows, as a compulsive worrier, I was stressed about the election, even though I didn’t vote for either candidate. I voted third party, something I never thought I’d do. But knowing one of the two would win, I did have my preference.
But like so many early November Wednesdays in our country’s history, we as a people are prone to gloat, to bemoan, to judge, and to fight and accuse.
I’m sorry to those who didn’t get your choice. But just remember, those who got what they wanted today were just as devastated for the last two elections as you are today.
But we’re all still here. The world didn’t end for anyone. It maybe got better for some in the last eight years, and a little worse for others. But we’re still here.
I’m not thrilled that Trump is our president, per se, but my sister-in-law actually brought up a really good point. The advantage with Trump being in office is that he’s not a politician. This presidency will not be the last thing he does. When it’s over, he will have other ventures to tend to. Therefore, his term(s) are not going to be dictated by political favors or ass-kissing. No one likes playing the stupid political game, and Trump least of all.
I think it’s okay to give him a chance. I think it’s okay to hear each other out. And my personal dream: to drop party lines (which was George Washington’s hope). Just because I’m a Republican on paper doesn’t mean I’m for Big Business or Corporate America or against saving the trees and the animals.
On another note, I will say this about President Obama, since the clock is ticking on his final term, and I have to point out that the presidential candidate I voted for, Evan McMullin was the one who brought this to light: Even though I disagree with President Obama’s politics, I respect him as a man. In his eight years in office there have been no scandals, no mistresses, and he’s still the proud husband and father he came into the office as. In those regards, I owe him my complete respect and appreciation.
The real winners today are the one’s who don’t gloat or pick fights. The best we can do for now is hold our breath and hope for the best. We’ll be okay, you’ll see.