The sun rose on a new nation on Wednesday morning
The sun rose on a new nation on Wednesday morning — a nation some were happy to see and a nation some hoped they’d never see. Donald Trump is the president-elect.
I must admit, I’m not really sure how we got here. Trump entered the Republican presidential race with a lot of fanfare and no political experience. He made a point that his ideas and his business experience would “make America great again.”
Still, the road wasn’t easy. After all, the Republicans had a bunch of candidates from which to choose. Trump wasn’t even the most popular candidate in his own party. In many primaries, he didn’t get 50 percent of the vote, meaning more people voted against him than for him.
Yet, here we are, awaking to a Donald Trump presidency on the horizon.
At least he talked a good game on Election Night, or should I say Election Morning. He took to the stage around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, telling us that Hillary Clinton had called him to concede. For her part, Clinton didn’t stick around to make a concession speech. Her supporters were left to leave her New York “victory” party without a victory and without hearing from their candidate.
Trump mentioned that he wanted to be a president for all Americans, not just the ones who voted for him. I guess we will see if that actually happens. I personally hope it does.
This election has divided us. A look at social media sites gives us plenty of evidence. People who have been life-long friends are “unfriending” each other on Facebook. Really? Over an election? Over political views?
If we can’t get over this, Trump’s presidency will be an abject failure — not because of his shortcomings but because of ours. We the people must be willing to sit down, talk about issues and compromise. It’s possible. It’s been done before.
Bill Clinton worked with a Republican Congress to balance the budget. Of course, there’s an argument about who was more responsible for it, but it got done thanks to Democrats and Republicans working together.
Republican Ronald Reagan increased taxes — something most Republicans who look at Reagan as God-like don’t like to admit — in an attempt to bolster this country’s defense and win the Cold War with Russia, something I think even Democrats would agree was a good thing.
This divisiveness simply isn’t going to work. In the business world today, workers every day make compromises, accepting another’s idea for the good of productivity, for the good of the company.
All can still live by the principles of their beliefs, but Donald Trump won this election, and as a nation, we’re just going to have to try it his way for a while. His victory gives him that right.
Who knows? It may just work. If it doesn’t, four years in the grand scheme of things is not a long time. Then we’ll go through this whole process all over again.
Ken Buday is the editor of the Havelock News. He can be reached at 635-5673 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.