Eight years ago the American people elected a President based on the concept of Hope and a vision of an inclusive country that would potentially unite both major political parties.
That talk of unity has been present at the conclusion of all recent election cycles, but it never materializes. That unity isn’t likely anytime soon as the political climate since 2008 has only become more divisive.
Partisanship and the ugly turn to reality-tv style campaigning and the fake news cycle of social media, initially fueled by conspiracy mongers, ensured that the last eight years never reached the potential sought by so many.
The flame of that Hope shouldn’t be considered entirely extinguished. It still exists if you believe in the same process that elected the 44th President of the United States and the dangerous buffoon that will serve as the 45th Commander in Chief.
Channel that remaining Hope into keeping the new President from dividing this country further. Support his decisions, should he somehow manage to actually accomplish something that will be beneficial for all, and not just those on the other side of the political aisle.
Speak up if he does not.
There is still some Hope to cling to.
Hope that the new President does not destroy over seven decades of advances made in race relations, women’s rights, immigration, and environmental awareness.
Hope that the new President will not conduct himself as he has for the entirety of his adult life and suddenly feel the weight of the responsibility that he has undertaken as leader of not only this country, but the free world.
Hope that the new President will not follow through with the divisive, hate-filled, xenophobic platform that led to a public awakening of the uglier side of America.
Hope that the sons and daughters of People of Color are able to walk the streets of America without fear of being singled out and harassed for simply looking ethnic as a result of policy formed by this new President and the racist hordes that have interpreted his poisonous rhetoric as a rallying cry to publicize their hate.
Hope that the new President didn’t literally mean many of the things that he has promised on the campaign trail and was playing a “politician” in pandering to those that wanted to hear something different from a person elected to the highest office in the country.
Hope that the new President doesn’t infringe on the 1st amendment as he has indicated he will do in petty spats with media providing commentary that he doesn’t agree with.
Hope that in four years that candidates infinitely more trust-worthy and morally self-aware than the finalists of the two major parties in this cycle come forward.
Hope that those Americans influenced by phony “Breaking News” stories, circulated via social media and heavily slanted and edited to make one party’s candidate look like the anti-Christ, takes the time to independently research nonsense and come to valid, informed decisions.
That type of Hope is much different than the Hope that coursed through the country four years ago.
In the end, you get what you deserve.
Next time choose wisely.
Let’s hope soccer as a whole isn’t on the deportation list.