Friday, November 11, 2016

Insight - The day after - By Michelle Libby

I think most people woke up this morning with an uneasiness that had to do with lack of sleep and a little election that was held yesterday. Results aside, I can’t believe the utter disrespect and hatred spewing around the Internet after Trump was announced as the next president. 

Supporters of Hillary Clinton have been posting all day about how Trump supporters have flushed the country down the toilet or set them back 50 years. 

How do they know this? Because of the speech from one man? Granted, it’s not going to be an easy road, but what about the innocent until proven guilty mentality. He hasn’t even stepped foot in the White House.

The more contentious our elections get the harder it is for us to come back together as a community, state and country. We spent two years telling one another how awful the other side was, then in one day we’re expected to kiss and make up. That won’t happen. 

Nothing in our country happens in a vacuum. There are checks and balances. Those we elected to congress aren’t going to all of a sudden agree with every proposal Trump makes, just like they wouldn’t have given Hillary Clinton a blank check to do with whatever she wanted. 

The lesson to be learned in all of this is tolerance. The communities who feel persecuted have to remember how far we’ve come as a society with acceptance and love. One election and one man can’t change the education and attitudes of the masses. I honestly believe that we can be the best culture we can be from sea to shining sea, if we take a moment, pause and breathe. 

No matter who you voted for, let it go. When Obama was elected eight years ago, there were people who were furious and sure we were all going to hades, but here we are eight years later and the world hasn’t fallen apart. Some people have it better, others are still looking for something else. 

Let’s just preach tolerance, on all sides.

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