America 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.