respecting democracy – we are the U.S.A

rtx2t2gn1Being here in the hospital since early Wednesday morning, I’ve been in a kind of post-election vacuum. Not a bad thing, considering the level of angst and acrimony that still seems to be percolating in the national consciousness.

But it’s Saturday now, and we’re praying hard that Rebekah gets to go home today. It’s time I said something about the election results, about how we respond, and the inevitability of a Trump administration.

RESPECT:

So I’ll launch this post by lifting an excellent quote from my son’s Facebook page. Andrew, like many of his generation, enthusiastically endorsed Bernie Sanders, transferred his support to Hillary Clinton, and expressed serious misgivings about Donald Trump. That said, here’s his post:

This will be my only post on this topic, and although I may click the “like” button on posts that resonate with my political ideology, above all, I will respect the Office of the President of the United States, and will continue to do so no matter who occupies it. The polls were wrong. Democracy wins. The United States remains strong. Life goes on. God bless America.

“Democracy wins.” “God bless America.”

This is where we are; Donald Trump is president-elect; this is how the nation has chosen to proceed at this point. President Obama – a man I truly respect on so many levels – immediately said that, “we are now all rooting for [Trump’s] success in uniting and leading the country. The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy, and over the next few months we are going to show that to the world.”

The absolute best thing we can do at this point is to move forward in the fact of this result. We don’t have to agree with all of Trump’s ideas, it’s appropriate to be concerned about many of the things he’s said, and there certainly remains a lot of room for us to all work together to craft policies that make sense – that’s what Congress is all about. Not stalling and obstruction, but constructive give and take.

img_5999I have some deep and abiding concerns when it comes to how the next four years are going to play out. Fair enough. I aim to be part of the broader conversation, and I intend to influence how people think and how they act. It’s what I do. But, come the end of January, Donald Trump will be president, and – as the elected leader of the USA, that will make him my president too.

– DEREK

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