Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States.
The Chicago Cubs won the World Series.
I woke up yesterday in a sort of bizarro world where down was up and up was down. Donald Trump really won the presidency of the United States? Really?
Yes. He did.
And although Donald Trump was not the candidate I voted for, I will support him. And so should you.
America comes before party. America comes before politics. I respect the office of the President of the United States of America and as such, I will support Donald Trump.
As Steven Douglas said when he conceded in 1860 to Abraham Lincoln: “Partisan feeling must yield to patriotism. I'm with you Mr. President, and God bless you.”
I want our country to succeed; I don’t want this country to fail. Rooting against Donald Trump—now that he’s president—would be like rooting against the country. I’m not going to do it.
Trust me, there is a large part of me that wants to drop my pants and flip the double bird to the much of the national Republican Party and the people who voted for Donald Trump (I’m not certain why dropping my pants is necessary—maybe for emphasis). The conduct of that party and many of the people who voted for Donald Trump over the last eight years has been anything but respectful toward our outgoing president and the woman that was recently defeated.
From Rush Limbaugh openly rooting against a Barack Obama as president, to Republicans—with Donald Trump out front—attempting to delegitimize his victory by claiming he was born overseas. From people hanging Obama in effigy, to a Republican Congressman yelling “LIAR” during his State of the Union speech, the treatment of this president by the national Republican Party and many of the people that voted for Donald Trump has been deplorable.
And that disrespect is completely hypocritical. When people questioned President Bush during the Iraq War, it was unpatriotic to do so. Whereas, over the last eight years, it was patriotic to hang the President in effigy.
Some people find it un-American that Colin Kaepernick won’t respect the flag during the National Anthem, yet many of the same people have gone eight years openly disrespecting President Obama. It is completely hypocritical.
If the way people have treated President Obama is wrong, then my going into a Trump presidency yelling that he is not my president is wrong. I am an American. I respect the Constitution. He is my President. In general, I want him to succeed. I want the economy to grow. I want our nation to come together and unite. I will practice what I’ve preached over the last eight years. I will respect the office of the President of the United States of America. Donald Trump is my President.
And although the easy thing to do is to cross my arms and urge Democrats to become “The Party of No,” that doesn’t move this country forward.
Now, the country should not move backward either. Constitutional rights have been afforded to our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. Women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies without government interference; so there are social issues I will be interested in seeing how they play out. I don’t really know Donald Trump—none of us really do as he has been pretty unspecific on policy—but I don’t view him as Ted Cruz socially. I don’t think he really cares about a reexamination of marriage equality. I think he pays lip service to being pro-life. I don’t think he really cares about these issues (that doesn’t mean people in his Administration won’t care, however). I think he is pro-business and wants to run the country like one. We’ll see if it works; I hope it does, because Washington certainly is broken and electing Hillary Clinton would have been more of the same.
But to those of us who were depressed yesterday because of the election results, it’s time to move on and turn the page. You want to move the country forward? Then get up and get to work on making your home a better home; making your children better people; making your block a better block; making your community a better place. Barack Obama doesn’t control that. Donald Trump doesn’t control that. That is on us. If we all do the heavy lifting to make our communities better, America gets better.
Over the last eight years we have demanded that hope win. We have demanded that love win. That doesn’t change. We can’t become less tolerant because Donald Trump is President. We can’t stop being hopeful for America. We can’t stop loving our fellow Americas. We can’t stop being who we have been the last eight years. Then we truly have lost.
Have integrity. Support this president. Keep being who we have been the last eight years.
And when the pendulum swings back in two, four, six or eight years (and it will swing back), politely remind those who immediately go into hate mode when their candidate doesn’t win that being a patriot, an American, demands they respect the office of the President of the United States.
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