Welcome to Wednesday,
It seems that many people today are walking around in a state of total disbelief over last night’s election results. For only the fifth time in our nation’s history the Electoral College vote has trumped the popular vote.(pun fully intended)
I cannot say I was surprised. I find it a little ironic that after winning the Democratic Nomination over Bernie Sanders with Super Delegates, Madame Secretary loses the election because of the Electoral College, a system that was originally put in place by our founding fathers because they really did not trust the populous vote. As antiquated as you might think the system is, and I readily admit that I think the Electoral College should be abolished, it is the system we have in place. It would be inconsistent for any Clinton supporter to now dispute the results of the Electoral Vote without also questioning the manner in which she was nominated by her own party in the first place.
I tried my best to stay up for the results last night after I got home from an open Mic at the Hearing Room in Lowell hosted by Lori Zuroff. I lasted until a little after 2:00 a.m.. They announced that the race was too close to call and that we would not have results until this morning so I called it a night. Then less than an hour later, while I, like most of America was asleep, it was announced that Donald J Trump would be the 45th President of the United States.
My political leanings here are of no consequence, but for the sake of fairness I will state for the record that although I did vote yesterday , I did not vote for either Trump or Clinton. I could not bring myself in good conscience to support either one’s bid for the Presidency, and that is my right as a citizen of the United States. I only mention this because as of this morning, regardless of who was declared the President Elect, I know that it is now my duty as a citizen to support them in their efforts to lead this nation once they have taken the oath of office. That does not mean I cannot disagree, comment, complain, peacefully protest or make my opinion known. Freedom of Speech is a cornerstone of our personal freedom, but that does not mean I have the right to say or do things that would infringe on the life, liberty, or rights of others.
This morning, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest of the social media were all lighting up with expressions of panic,anger,shock,disbelief,fear, resentment and disappointment. There were also countless examples of taunting, gloating, and mockery. I won’t lie. Some of it struck my funny bone, but a lot of it was really over the top.
I sat wondering to myself, Is it even possible to heal this divide? Can we as a people, now find a way, to somehow come together? After witnessing all the divisiveness fueled by two very nasty campaigns,can we remember that when it comes to the big picture we are all on the same team? For the last two years of our lives we have watched countless debates, speeches, and advertisements filled with outright lies, slander,name calling, and manipulation of half truths by both sides. We have been subjected to biased media coverage and to accusations of criminal wrongdoings on both sides, including but not limited to rape, treason, fraud, election tampering, conflict of interests, and influence peddling.
HERE’S THE DEAL PEOPLE;
It’s time to put the all behind us. It’s time to come together. Regardless of how you feel about the outcome of yesterday’s election, it’s time to remember we all want the same thing. We want our families to to happy, safe, and secure. We want a peaceful life. We are all different, and it is that very diversity that makes us each unique and able to contribute our part in our own way. What makes our Democratic Republic unique is the Peaceful transference of Power from one leader to the next. The world is watching. Our Children are watching. As a former 1st lady once said, let’s work together.