It’s November 9th and the results are in. For more than half of America, the news is met with disappointment, grief, fear, and anger. Despite the constant drumbeat of Armageddon this moment means, the world has not spun off its axis. An election billed as the most critical in our lives, with so much at stake, is now finally over. For Donald Trump, the real work in healing the divide begins.
Divided We Fall or Healing the Divide
The biggest challenge to America is not going to be fixed by any politician. While we need a leader that will unite us, in purpose if not in issues, it is up to us to take the next step. The 2016 election exposed deep rifts in this country, but they can be mended. It will fall to the American people to begin healing the divide between us as our leaders mend them in Washington.
Our leaders are a reflection of us. For better or worse, that reflection for the next four years is Donald J. Trump. This election is the direct result of a simmering discontent in America. The result of this election will do little to assuage that. While the new president-elect can take the first steps toward uniting this country, it ultimately falls on the American people to make it happen.
The American Hangover
For a great many Americans, this was one of the longest and most traumatic election cycles in history. Twenty months of constant traditional and social media bombardment leading two polarizing cults of personality delivered us to Election Day. Now we have chosen, and we will live with that choice. When Trump gets sworn in as the 45th president on January 29th, we embark on a new journey.
Maybe he will be a unifying force – willing to work with both parties and begin healing the divide as he promised in his early morning hour victory address. Maybe he will be a divisive figure leading to another four years of gridlock. Although we many have our insights and fears, we really don’t know how he’ll govern.
For those who voted for the winner, we hope your decision is justified. For those who didn’t, the world will go on. It will be okay. We will get through this as a nation, as we always have.