The electorate has spoken and has given us Donald Trump as its president.
The defeat for Hillary Clinton was swift and painful, and the only comfort many of us have is in the knowing that the savage season of the presidential election is over.
While he did not win the popular vote, Mr. Trump will be the head of the Republic of the United States come January 20, 2017. As a respecting American, I have no choice but to honor his position and pray for his success. Divisiveness only moves us apart.
Secretary Clinton’s concession speech was flawlessly American; come together, work for the common good, stay vigilant, involved and remember that America is the greatest nation on earth. She was class and dignity personified, calling on us to tap into our greater selves.
I will look to our new president to begin to take sides on behalf of ALL Americans. To speak against bigotry and racism on every level. The White House should hold no tolerance for such things. While I harbor doubts that the man elected is capable of dignity, compassion and fair play, I will work hard on myself to give him the benefit of the doubt and I pray that his heart is better than the words he has spoken. I am an American, first and foremost, and the love of my country calls on me to support its leader.
This doesn’t mean that I should or will abandon my beliefs. And I believe that we must all stand together in vigilance for each other; immigrants, LGBT community, Muslim Americans, blacks, Hispanics, Jews, women, men and children. We are all one. Today more than yesterday, we need each other.
So, Mr. Trump, we are watching you. The popular vote is watching you. The people who voted you in with trust in their heart are watching you. You are working for us now. Shape up, fly straight, and represent this country with the dignity you left behind in your bid for the presidency. Real Americans do not whine, blame, bully or name call. Get with the program and be the man you promised you would be.
In the meantime, I will make it my mission to be kind to my fellow citizens no matter their ethnic background, I will be compassionate to those in need, loving to those who are hateful, respectful to our military and challenged Americans and I will use kindness to fight bitterness. I will go out of my way to demonstrate the kind of humanity that has made America known for its generosity of spirit, wealth and defense.
Know this, you are not a god, a demigod, a savior or a ruler. You are a servant of the people. ALL the people. The house you will be living in is paid for by the minions that make up this great country. I call on you to be the better side of yourself. Every day. Check your ego and temper at the door, they have no place where you are going.
As you prepare to staff your Cabinet, please remember that while conspiracy theories served you well in the election, they have no place in the real world of policy making, war, tyrants and dictators. Please work diligently to surround yourself with people who deal in the reality of the world’s landscape. You may know the art of the deal but you made it painfully clear that you know little about the workings of the world.
And by the way, pay your federal taxes and support the country’s infrastructure just as a parent would support their child. You’re soon to be an American president, not a tax dodging billionaire.
I am behind you. But should you disgrace us, I will be in your face with millions of my fellow countrymen. Because, Mr. Trump, that is the American way.