For me, and many you, the night of 11/8/16 was a slow and depressing one as it led to the news that Donald Trump had become our president-elect. As Suffolk Law Professor, David Yamada’s, subsequent blogpost asks How Will We Explain This to Our Children:
- “It’s okay to regularly engage in bullying, bigoted, and misogynistic behaviors;
- It’s okay to brag about and encourage conduct that constitutes sexual harassment and assault;
- It’s okay to continually issue threats of retaliation and retribution towards those who oppose or criticize you;
- It’s okay to lie, get caught, and deny…over and over again;
- It’s okay to hire people to work for you and repeatedly stiff them;
- It’s okay to mimic and make fun of people with disabilities;
- It’s okay to act perpetually aggrieved even when life has handed you every advantage.”
These behaviors in a national leader are incredibly disturbing and his path to power a complex one. We have a serious situation that parallels the rise of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Stopping this trend is, however, within our grasp and something we must commit to for generations.
I am sad that Hilary lost the electoral vote and hopeful because she won the popular vote. There is a big blessing in this because the other way around would have been way scarier. A fierce and destructive battle plan for power had already been laid out by Mr. Trump. Threats to put Secretary Clinton behind bars and promises that he wouldn’t concede if he lost were part of his abusive rhetoric in the final days of his campaign. Can you imagine what an endless and dangerous nightmare he would have caused?
As much as I wanted her to president and am reluctant to say this, this may be the best outcome. Because…Hillary gave us a much more progressive, powerful, healthy, and action-oriented leadership imperative in her inspiring concession speech;
We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America, and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead. Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power.
We don’t just respect that. We cherish it. It also enshrines the rule of law; the principle we are all equal in rights and dignity; freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these values, too, and we must defend them.
Defending these rights and values clearly, consistently, collectively, and firmly is where our power is. And remember there are a lot of us! THIS is how goodness can prevail.
She lost the election, but she is still a very prominent leader! Maybe this is the intention behind having an electoral and popular vote? Anyways, much more to come on this historical event.