Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Don't get in the way of the pendulum!

The surprise result in the 2016 presidential election was driven by a large segment of the citizenry feeling overlooked, ignored, and insulted by the political and media establishment.  The powers-that-be are shocked and surprised, but the common citizen once again demonstrated that power originates from the people.  Our constitution and its framers continue to inspire awe.

Hillary Clinton wished President-elect Trump success and told her supporters they “owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”  President Obama, while announcing he had invited Trump for a meeting at the White House said, “the peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our republic” and committed to an orderly and professional transition such as he received from George W. Bush.  Again, the power of our democracy is awe inspiring.

Many are not happy with the outcome of the election.  Their values and expectations for the direction of the country have been disrupted.  Understandably, they are disappointed.  But to expect one’s views and preferences to dominate uninterrupted in a democracy is foolhardy.