We are forgetting this important teachable moment in history for all Americans.
We all have been witness to the outcome of this election. Tension is high and there’s this collective sigh whether it be of relief that you saw your candidate win or it was out of fear for what’s at stake under his administration. I, too, had a moment of sadness and pause for reading this morning that Trump actually won. I had a moment of reflection of what this past year had been like and that this was the culminating moment that defined what the next four years may reflect in our country. I am saddened that we live in such a divided nation that The People would not only harshly criticize our political leaders, but that we would do it to each other.
Regardless of which candidate you support, the ideals and values you have, or even whether you voted or reserved your right to sit this election out – there’s a simple lesson to be learned from all of this and it is unity in character in the face of disappointment, fear, or divisiveness. It is a lesson to teach to our children; to our daughters but especially our sons. It’s a lesson to be reminded to Americans all across our country, young or old alike, and that this is a precious time to be mindful of the character you are exemplifying to those around you.
To Trump supporters: instead of gloating about an election you had perhaps a small percentage in having a hand in, express the optimism you have for your candidate’s administration. Spark discussions of hope for our country and the abilities that our President-elect will need in order to carry through his plan for Making America Great Again. Be a positive representation of the outcome of this election and prove to those who disagree with you that respect for others isn’t compromised. Be the person who changes the hardened mind into someone who is willing to see the optimism for our country.
To Clinton supporters: instead of lashing out, blaming others, or expressing your discontent with our government or political systems…(as hard as it will be) stand in support of the very office you respect and hold dear. Respect the decision of the American people, regardless of how you may disagree, and let this moment be a catalyst for change and to never stop fighting for the values, laws, and rights that you believe in. The presidency is an elected position and is designed, in part with our Constitution, to uphold the rights of the American people and reflect the policies that will benefit our country both domestically and abroad.
To Third party supporters: instead of throwing shade to party voters, educate them in how it doesn’t always have to come down to Democrat or Republican. Educate others on the issues that third party candidates value, spread their voice, but more importantly be the reason we, as a collective society, begin discussing and having open conversations about these underrepresented or overlooked parties.
What we do or say within these next few years will define this moment in history – not just for us, but for our children. Being united in character, regardless of where your heart lies in this years election, will transcend past our political affiliations or Facebook newsfeed, but will reflect an American ideology we can all be proud of.
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