The Day After the Day After

My hope is for this to be my last post on the 2016 election, and politics in general, for some time.

I understand concerns that that those who supported Hillary Clinton have (read my previous post). I didn’t vote for Donald J. Trump either. But people, this is America. You have the right to speak, and you have the right to protest. But Donald J. Trump is the president-elect. If you don’t like it, work through your stages of grief already and start to do something about it.

Here’s what you shouldn’t do:

  • Fall into the same echo-chamber problem you accuse Mr. Trump’s supporters of having.
  • Take part in dubious activities that, had the election turned out differently, you’d further scorn others for.
  • Make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims and statements on the social media.
  • Categorically group and castigate people as stupid or imbecilic just because you do not agree with them.
  • Wring your hands over horribleness that has not yet come. It is in the power of all of us to ensure the horribleness doesn’t happen.
  • Remember what Yoda said: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to … suffering.”

Here’s what you should do:

  • If you witness civil rights grievances or hate crimes: Document, document, document. Take pictures. Make recordings. Upload to the social medias.
  • Hold the people that do wrong things responsible for the wrong things. It’s not Donald J. Trump’s fault when the KKK marches on a freeway overpass in North Carolina. He didn’t order them to do it. Blame the KKK, they made the decision to do it. Blame the people who support the KKK. Address the issue.
  • Take a break from the social media (unless it’s related to the first bullet point). Refuse to let hate drive you. See Yoda quote above.
  • Talk to your neighbors about kids, about life. Understand people as people — complex beings — and don’t judge.

It’ll be all right. As much as it pains you, give Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt. Extend him and his supporters the courtesy you’d expect had the election turned out differently. He won, now he’s gotta govern.

Let’s see what he does before acting as if the world has ended. After all, it didn’t end when Bill Clinton took office after G.H.W. Bush; it didn’t end when G.W. Bush took office after Bill Clinton, and it didn’t end when Barack Obama took office after G.W. Bush. The world isn’t going to end this time either. Our republic is resilient.

Unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and in all things, charity. 

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