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What has happened in America has divided our country. With time, just as we lose a loved one, our shock, grief and pain (if we didn’t vote for Trump) will sting a little less. For now, we’re a nation trying to make sense of what just happened.
And yet, for those of us who exercised our right to vote, we are part of our nation’s democratic process. Whether you voted for Clinton, Trump, a third-party or even a write-in candidate, the results are in. We Americans elected Mr. Trump as President of the United States from January 2017 to 2021.
When I say this, some people correct me and say, “I didn’t vote for Trump!” Yet, if we are to be a UNITED States of America, WE voted and the results are in.
While Clinton WON America’s POPULAR vote, Trump won the ELECTORAL vote per our Constitution and the revised process detailed in the Twelfth Amendment.
As the results came in late into the night, the world’s financial markets were shaken with fears of uncertainty. The Dow and S&P Futures fell almost 5% while gold futures rose by the same percentage. The dollar slipped and the peso lost over 10%. Mid-year, we saw a similarly dramatic market reaction following the Brexit vote. By morning, the markets stabilized and by the end of the day, closed higher and are heading even higher as the market opens and this article is finalized.
Despite the grueling election and disappointing loss late into the night, Clinton delivered an inspirational concession speech the following morning. She guided a divided America with important points to ponder while emphasizing INCLUSIVENESS. Regardless of who you voted for, if you have not yet already, please watch and listen to her message. Help restore the UNITED among our States.
Former VP Nominee Tim Kaine’s opening remarks begin at about 11 minutes and Secretary Clinton’s remarks begin at 17 minutes.
Today, President-Elect Trump will meet with President Obama before the latter visits with other nations and helps frame the United States of America’s road ahead.
Let us restore our nation’s collective choice and give the President-Elect a chance. Who knows, just as surprised as half of our nation is about the results, we may be surprised by the next four years. Trump’s rhetoric was more tempered as he assured a nation that the real work will begin, TOGETHER. Let us hope he reaches across party lines to draw the best contributions from America’s people. Because it is often in the garden of diversity that the best ideas flourish.
I remain optimistic as I was when I served as a caregiver. At least, I wasn’t subject to the fine-tooth scrutiny that our candidates were. Our media would find fault with a saint running for office! As President-Elect Trump gets his cabinet together and begins talking policy, we as a people need to make our voices heard.
I welcome your comments.
Let us accept America’s decision and move forward for the Good of US all!