“A peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy,” Former President Barack Obama stated this before leaving office. I would like suggest that we all reflect upon this utterance, for it distinguishes our democracy from other governments of the world, and it is truly what it means to be an American.
Granted, this past campaign was contentiously long and decisively nasty from both candidates. Our job, then, as voting citizens, was to filter all the campaign rhetoric, make a logical assumption of which candidate espoused our core beliefs and vote our conscience. Then, as it has been for some 200 years, you peacefully accept the will of the voters represented by each of their state’s electoral vote. Your candidate either won or lost the election, period.
If you failed to vote for whatever reason, you have no say in the matter. For those who voted for President Donald Trump, congratulations. You now have at least four years to hopefully witness his administration succeed and restore the pride we all should have in America. For those who voted for Hillary Clinton and her predecessor’s agenda, you are unfortunately placed on the dissatisfied side of U.S.history.
Those who find this a bitter pill to swallow should accept the fact that, for at least the next four years, Donald Trump is our lawfully elected president, just as we have had to except the past eight years under President Obama. The diatribes of the fringe left, arrogant Hollywood elite, coddled liberal campuses and delusional progressives, who believe it is their divined destiny to change America into their vision of a worldly utopia, are embarrassingly viewed as the emotional tantrums of individuals who increasingly have become accustomed to receiving a participation trophy in lieu of occasionally losing in good old American competition.
You can take solace in the fact that Clinton could lawfully be the president of California. You’re also afforded the freedom to move there.
On Nov. 3, 1948, incumbent Democratic President Harry Truman won an upset victory against Republican challenger, Thomas Dewey. It was no secret at the time that the mainstream media, including the Chicago Daily Tribune, was against Truman and not so subtly favored Dewey. The Tribune even went so far as to write that Truman “had as low an opinion of the Tribune as it did of him.” Sound familiar?
Ironically, the conservatives were the media darlings of the times, and it should be mentioned that Truman won the electoral vote. At one time, he was the least popular U.S. president on record yet is now regarded as one of the 20th century’s more successful leaders. Keep in mind that history does have a way of repeating itself.
To quote Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives after the election, “We have a responsibility to come together and find common ground. Everybody is sad when their side loses their election. But the day after, we have to remember that we're actually all on the same team ... we're patriots first."
It's just that this time, your “Dewey” didn’t win.