Nov 9

Food for Thought to Help You Overcome Anxiety Over Trump Presidency

donald-trump-president-elect-americaAmerica has selected Donald Trump as it’s next President, and all hell seems to have broken loose. People are predicting gloom and doom scenarios, and even going to the extent of saying that this is the world event that will trigger the end of the world.

Now I understand the disappointment and the concern. I truly do. And I share them. But America was between a rock and a hard place this election season, and there was no ‘ideal’ scenario. This election it was only about minimizing damage.

So the real question is did they choose the lesser of the two evils? I personally feel that the answer to that lies in the cliched saying – time will tell.

In the meanwhile, here is some food for thought to battle the anxiety that seems to have gripped many people – 

President Elect Donald Trump

First things first, he has been elected as the leader of a Democracy, NOT a dictatorship. I am not denying that he is in a position of great power, but it is important to understand that he is also bound by the rules that the American Constitution has laid out.

And I know it can be argued that he has always had a devil-may-care attitude towards rules, but it is one thing to say that in election speeches to hog limelight and prime time television, and quite another thing to actually do it when he sits in the Oval Office.

Let’s not overestimate his capabilities, and underestimate the workings of the governing framework of the worlds best democracy.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton

She was/is no saint. Far from it. I believe most of you know this. Even the ones who voted for her, and/or supported her. The legacy of corruption, even outside of the email server thing, is undeniable.

As undeniable as the fact that she was the  relatively better candidate. But considering whom we are weighing her against, that is not saying much, if anything at all.

The citizens determine a country’s social environment

I understand that you hate the verdict. I know it troubles you that the country has chosen a leader who represents very negative traits.

But a country is not only about its leader, its about its people too – people like you and me – who can choose love over hate, empathy over ridicule, equality over discrimination, and justice for all. It’s a choice we can make every single day – to be honest, to be fair, to be kind – to one, and to all.

And more importantly, whatever your thoughts on the verdict, please do not become the very thing you stand against.

Many people feel that the country has elected  a racist, who doesn’t respect women, but I wonder if they think about what it says about them when they post disrespectful images of the future First Lady all over Social Media in retaliation.

Let’s not do this guys. Our kids may or may not be influenced by who the President of any country is, but they will definitely emulate our responses to an event like this.

Let’s respect a country’s Democracy and its verdict. Because whether we like it or not, whether we agree with its outcome or not, it’s the best form of government we have.

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.… – Winston Churchill

I don’t know about you, but I would rather rejoice in the great decisions that we make, and learn to live with our poor choices, than live in a monopolistic environment like a dictatorship, monarchy or an aristocracy.


P.S. On a related note – Objectively speaking, Mr. Trump delivered a decent Thank You speech. It’s the most sane one he has ever given. Let’s hope it’s onwards and upwards for America from here on out. Because that’s all people have at the moment – hope, a faint one at that, but let’s not give up on it.



  1. Loved this piece, Shantala. A very sane and composed one. I agree with you. A big and great nation cannot be pushed into a black hole by just one election. India survived years of bad leadership. Time will tell how these 4 years pan out for the US. We will all pray that it’s good for the people eventually.
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  2. Well said, Shantala. Hold on to hope. Give him a chance even if he was not your choice. He hasn’t covered himself in glory but he has the reins of the country in his hands. That is how democratic process is. I also felt that he was much more subdued in his thank you speech and I hope for the sake of my American friends that it signifies a good beginning.

  3. I agree with your thoughts. Both candidates were the same – no better than the other but at the same time if given a chance, I would have too picked Hillary. Now that Trump has been elected, it is important to respect the choice majority of Americans have made and cross the bridge when it comes to. He will have to abide by the constitution of the country. Let’s hope for the best.
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  4. A very balanced view of the current scenario that’s being painted bleaker than doomsday! It was always a choice between the devil and the deep sea for America this time around, a concept pretty common here in India. Like you say, a democracy or any govrrnment for that matter runs on strong bureaucracy, that will not allow for person’s in power to act as crazy as they sound! All the best to the new president and to the Americans, and of course the rest of us 🙂

  5. So well said! The reaction is more important than what happened. So must react with love. I think Hilary made a wonderful and hopeful concession speech.
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  6. I agree with you, Shantala. Posting obscene images in retaliation is not the quality of a good person/citizen. What I didn’t like about this election was that both the candidates were holding on to ‘she/he is bad for us’ note. And the supporters also were radiating hatred for the other candidate. It was getting a lot personal. The personal attacks during speeches and in social media was unbearable. Let’s see how the new president does. I’m sure it won’t be as bad as we fear. It can’t be.

  7. How eloquently you’ve put forth your case for calm and gracious acceptance. I must admit I was disturbed reading about several incidents today and was seriously thinking of preponing my return home but your words have shown that there is some sanity in the world.
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  8. Well penned thoughts. Yes, i did watch Hillary’s concession speech and i loved it. This reminds me that the entire world is surging ahead only in hope for a better tomorrow and on love . Let love prevail.

  9. Well done, Shanaya by being the voice of calm reason and sanity! I have been quite surprised to see the kind of pictures coming out of the US of the protests against Trump. In so many ways the media in the US is behaving like the media in India – fanning fear and insecurities. A whole bunch of Americans have been labeled racists, misogynists and what not, just because they voted for Trump. It is totally unreasonable and quite distressing for a democratic polity. Hope in the coming days good sense will prevail, and the initial anger after having vented out will transform into an inward-turning phenomenon and actual civil society work to figure out what societal changes are needed in the years to come.
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  10. True, his victory speech was the best I heard out of him so far!
    I couldn’t pick one out of these two. And I’m glad I didn’t have to!
    The fact that these are the candidates the US could come up with this time means that the world needs a new leader now. :p
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  11. Well said, Shantala! The votes have been cast and verdict of the nation has been declared. So whether one likes it not, the decision has to be accepted and respected. Yes, as you mentioned, his victory speech was pretty sensible so let’s hope that it continues that way!

  12. I’m with you. While we weren’t happy that he won. We won fair and square. And right now bickering and making his life difficult isn’t going to really help. It’s going to be just the same as what they did to Obama which kind of made him unable to implement some of the things he wanted to. Right now let’s just hope he starts being less extreme (since he’s already won), and hope for the best.
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  13. That was such a sensible post. Since he has already been elected and my a clear majority too all one can do is accept it and hope for the best. No use complaining and hoo-haaing about it.
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    • Right. Democracy has its pros and cons, and I agree the results have been shocking, and we have been dealt a bad card this time. But what can we possibly do about it now? Whining is not going to fix things. If it could, I would be right front and center doing just that.

      Plus considering the alternative, I don’t even know if that is/was a better choice. A reset button would have been great. Go and get us two fresh candidates! 😛
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