Trump is now President Elect of the United States of America … and this has revealed, maybe somewhat unexpectedly, that this country is more divided than people gave credence to.
As it always has, and always will be, people will rally together and focus on building something better than before because that is human nature and very much a part of the American psyche … but will it be built under the guidance and support of the most powerful man in modern day world politics? I ask this question, not to create more division, but as a listening ear to what Donald Trump himself ran his campaign on … which was not a unity of party, country or kin but a race tempered with barriers and fears and bigotry.
Trump sounded very presidential and unifying when giving his victory speech after Hillary Clinton had conceded, but that was because he had won. There was nothing more to attack or push back against … so the Trump that was heard during rallies, media bus recordings, and on the debate stage did not need to be defending his position with his trademark vitriol. He had won. He spoke as a man who had succeeded.
It was comforting that he was gracious in victory, which is something I hope to see carried forward as leader of the free world – whether it happens, only time will show – but I for one will be more courageous in standing up for what I believe in. I will be more proactive in holding those people who work for this country to their word. If this election has taught us anything, it is that not holding government accountable and not challenging the big business, big money status quo no longer serves the people. Change has been called for, change has been heard, and change is what we got … but has the thirst for the self-serving political elite to be toppled paved the way for something worse? The very fact that Trump ran on anger, fear, racism, sexism and aggressive bullying – and still won – has made me wonder what this country really stands for.
I am not a U.S. citizen so you may not care for my opinion and you may wonder why I even express one … well, as an immigrant and a newcomer to this country I may offer fresh eyes to what is, what was, and what has been – hopefully all expressed with clarity, intelligence and respect.
As much as I cannot predict the future, this country is my home and will be for the rest of my life, so I am invested in its future – for everyone.
This result has been a shock and disappointment to many, it has also been, in equal measure, a victory and success to many. In the light of the call for political movement to shape this country anew, it is now up to you and me to make sure that Donald Trump works for the betterment of all who reside here. If he falls short on his promises to unite and be a president for everyone then we must hold him accountable, because it is not just about Donald J. Trump, it is about a political movement for change, but I fear all it has done is create justification for racism, anger and the forced following of one set of religious or moral views. I fear that there will be restrictions on freedoms, rights and personal choices and an inequality of how those rights, freedoms and persoanl choices will be protected (if, for example, things are left to state-by-state governance).
Change was needed but it remains to be seen what that change will look like … and the world is watching.
What are your thoughts? I would love to hear your perspective … so please leave a comment!