Secretary Clinton deserves credit for graciously bowing out of the race and we should heed her challenge to come together as a nation in the wake of the election. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same attitude towards the results as Secretary Clinton does. There are still major protests and walkouts in our major cities, and some of these protests have turned violent.
Thinking back, I can remember the main theme of the Clinton campaign: Stronger Together. That certainly was a powerful rallying cry. Now, cynics might say that this was because the campaign believed their victory to be inevitable, but Im willing to take them at their word. We truly are stronger together.
If you read the last column I wrote before the election, you might remember when I said: When all the dust has settled and when all the votes are counted, we will all still be Americans. This election wont change that fact. When I wrote that, most everyone believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next President of the United States. I didnt write that because I thought it would be a good election for my party; I wrote it because I believed that to be the appropriate attitude to move our country forward post-election.
My attitude hasnt changed. We still need to come together because we truly are stronger together. The fear mongering needs to stop because it only serves to deepen a partisan divide that erodes the fabric of this country. Theres a difference between respectfully disagreeing on issues and saying things like Hes not my President. We can still disagree without the need for rioting. I dont expect Republicans and Democrats to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but is it too much to expect for all of us to tone down the fear mongering? Only then can we have civil discourse.
Marginalizing those who protest isnt the answer either. Ive seen those who call for participation trophies to be handed out to all of the protestors. No, thats not how we should approach this. Let the protestors protest if they do so peacefully. We simply need to stop spreading fear and misinformation because that only feeds the protestors fear and loathing.
How about actually waiting for President-elect Trump to take office before casting aspersions? Spoiler alert: he will not be drowning kittens in the Potomac River.
Moving forward, a pragmatic approach is important. As President Obama said: I think it is important for us to let him make his decisions. The American people will judge over the course of the next couple of years whether they like what they see.
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