As most of you know, the elections have come to an end and the new President has been chosen (and if you don’t know well then you’re probably living under rock). Most people were pretty certain that Hillary Clinton would become the first female president of the United States. However, all the polls and expectations were proven wrong on November 9th, at approximately 3 a.m., when Donald Trump was declared the President Elect, shocking the entire country.
The country has felt many different emotions since then. Trump supporters have rejoiced and shared smiles and laughter while Clinton supporters have shed tears and felt grief and disappointment.
The common theme of the week seems to be to unite the nation. However, the nation seems to be the most divided that it has ever been. As protesters flock to the streets and angry comments contaminate all of social media, one can’t help but wonder when unity will actually happen.
I know many Clinton supporters and Democrats are upset at Trump’s victory; however, this does not mean that it is right to overtake the streets with protests and say comments like “the older generation shouldn’t be allowed to vote” when before you were showing your support for democracy. You shouldn’t want to secede as a state, when before you were making fun of Texas for the same thing. You can’t search for blame and try to overturn the decision, because whether we like it or not the country made this decision, and that is democracy.
Crying and starting chaos in the streets might make you feel better, but it won’t change anything. Right now the country is acting like a child, who thinks staring a tantrum will change the actions of the parents. How would you have reacted if Clinton won and Trump supporters did the same thing? You probably would have laughed at them. Life is sometimes unfair and doesn’t go the way we want it to, but that’s life. We can’t yell at it and give up when the going is tough.
Right now the country needs us to be united more than ever. The rest of the world is looking at us. Our children are looking to us to set an example. Yelling at each other’s political differences only makes us weaker and hurts us as a country. It is time for mourning to come to an end and time for acceptance to begin. This is democracy at work. The election was a tight race and if you look the votes between Clinton and Trump varied only slightly, being almost 50-50. So even though you may not like it or agree with it, look at the numbers, and understand that right now you are fighting the basic principles that this country was founded on. If President Obama and President Elect Trump, people with very different views, can come together and show support for each other, then why can’t we as a nation show support for the opposing party?
I’m not saying for you to drop your morals and believes, whatever they may be. I’m not telling you to be happy with the candidate. All I’m saying is that you can’t be hypocritical and cry out against the election. Accept the fact and bring positive change to the nation through your actions. The president does not have to define who we are as a country. We have to come united and not tear it down from the inside due to hate.
Basically, be the change you want to see in the world.
Also, it is only the next four years and not for the rest of our lives. It’s not the end of the world.