Let’s face it, after a presidential election, roughly half of American voters are thrilled and the other half are upset. Rarely is an election a run away anymore. Not since Reagan in 1984 (nearly 59%) has a president won with more than 55% of the popular vote.(http://ropercenter.cornell.edu/polls/us-elections/popular-vote/) Most presidents are elected with 45-55% of the popular vote.
I feel compelled to mention the following: Because of the negativity surrounding both major candidates, I decided about a month before the election (when I was still unsure of how I would be voting) that I would not tell anyone who I chose to vote for. Even my husband does not know who I voted for, and I plan to keep it that way. The way I see it, you have five basic choices in each presidential election; Democrat, Republican, Third Party, Write In, or stay home and not vote. In the six elections that I have voted in prior to this one, I have voted twice Democrat, twice Republican, once Third Party and once I wrote in a candidate. So, I am truly an independent voter and have no real affiliation for either major party.
I think what scares half of Americans after this election is the same thing that excites the other half- Trump is not a politician. For sure, he’s going to shake things up. That could go very badly or it could go very well, that remains to be seen. But he is going to be the next president and he needs to be given a chance.
Some things to consider:
- No one runs this country alone. Trump is a smart, successful businessman. He’ll surround himself with people whose strengths will be utilized to their fullest.
- His campaign promises will be tempered by sanity. He will adjust the extremes to align with reality. Cooler heads will prevail. “Campaigning is not governing” I have heard the pundits say.
- Our country has weathered worse; we can withstand anything for four years.
- The beauty of term limits and re-elections. An opportunity for change presents itself every four years.
No president can change this country single-handedly in four short years. President Obama made changes that some weren’t happy with and now Trump will tweak them back a bit (Obamacare, for instance). It’s all give and take, the pendulum swings left and right over time, as it should. No one man or administration can bring our country down. Our foundation was built stronger than that and we are better than that as a people.
Incidentally, if Clinton had gotten in, most of what I just wrote would still apply.
If you think about the magnificent job our founding fathers did in crafting the constitution, the document our country is based on, you will realize that they took into account so many possibilities of error, failure and circumstances and adjusted for it.
Separation of powers, checks and balances, safeguards, the whole nine yards. I don’t claim to understand it all, but it works, and it works well. We are still standing. We have survived good presidents, bad presidents, riots, protests, scandals, impeachments, the pendulum swinging left and right, and we still manage to be the greatest Republic on earth.
No single administration, in four or eight years can destroy America. Our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values and I believe that the Constitution was divinely inspired. It is no secret that the founding fathers were men of faith and I believe that God’s guidance played a role in these men coming up with such a beautiful, complete, all-encompassing plan of governance. The foresight they had was astounding. So respected is this document, that over 100 countries have used our constitution as a template for their own. (for a great website on our constitution visit http://www.constitutionfacts.com/us-constitution-amendments/ )
Another good website to check out is by Tara Ross, a retired lawyer and author of several books on American history and government. She does an excellent job explaining the electoral college here:://www.taraross.com/2016/10/electoral-college-myth-8-candidates-who-lose-the-popular-vote-shouldnt-win-the-white-house-the-system-is-rigged/
Come back next time for part II on this topic