I announced the presidential election results on my facebook with the phrase:
We did a Brexit
And that’s how it feels. Our nation, and indeed the world was watching with bated breath as each electoral college vote was tallied to the other, ready to cross that almost elusive 270 threshold. There were angry and heated discussions on social media throughout the campaign but, in the end, the electoral college count went to Donald Trump. He is our President-Elect.
I believe Sanders would have beaten Trump in a landslide victory of both electoral college votes and popular votes. But, it seems, his own party sabotaged him.
I love how we are free to have opinions that differ, and that there is no law or suppression of those voices thanks to our Founding Fathers who built for us a Constitutional Republic whose foundation is our very freedom.
Wikileaks and Project Veritas were just two of the reasons that I believe Clinton didn’t win. Benghazi was another. The FBI investigations were another. You can read more opinions on why folks believe Trump won here, here, and here.
So here are my thoughts:
America, like us, isn’t defined by a single part of its story.
Brexit happened because those with the power refused to listen and understand those casting the votes. And now history repeats itself as those feeling ignored voted for the candidate that actually heard them. Temper tantrums will not change this. They only serve to show how a vote like this came to be.
It’s going to be an interesting four years.
I’m deeply proud of my country. I am humbled and honored to find a home here, and to feel so welcome within the fascinatingly diverse citizenry. I love how we are free to have opinions that differ, and that there is no law or suppression of those voices thanks to our Founding Fathers who built for us a constitutional republic whose foundation is our very freedom.
I love my home. Sure it can be frustrating, but it’s still greater than the sum of its parts. America, like us, isn’t defined by a single part of its story.
So today I plan to tune out the riots, the threats of impeachment to our President-Elect, and the talk of changing the Electoral College where only the votes that matter should be counted. They are First Amendment protected speech, and those expressing them are more than welcome to bask in them for as long as they deem necessary.
But I have a book to write.
God bless our President and our President-Elect. Here’s to a smooth transition and a continued expression of respect and calm.
I love you, America.