It has been nearly two weeks since the greatest political upset in my lifetime took place. If you have read my previous articles or are “friends” with me on Facebook, you know that I was not thrilled about either one of the major candidates that were on the ticket running for President of the United States. However, I did vote for the now, President-Elect Donald J. Trump. Realistically though, since I live in New York State, which is a state that heavily favors the democratic party, my vote had very little impact on the actual election.
Still, we do have a new President elected and he will soon be taking the oath and assuming the duties of the Office of the President of the United States. Since the election, I have been encouraged to see Mrs. Clinton and President Obama encourage everyone to get behind the new President-Elect and unite as Americans. Of course, not everyone has heeded that advice. The protestors and rioters are out in force. What they are protesting and rioting about is a bit of a mystery to me. Are they protesting the democratic process? Are they just simply looting and rioting in the streets because they did not get their way? Is there an actual right being violated here? Do they not understand how the democratic process works? Do they not realize that every election and every contest has a winner and a loser?
The previous two elections did not end according to my wishes and the persons I voted for in both elections did not win. I have never been a supporter of President Obama and his policies. For the record, it has nothing to do with the color of his skin but it has everything to do with his liberal agenda for this great country. However, when President Obama won both of his elections, I accepted the fact that he was my President and prayed for him and his administration regularly. I have a great deal of respect for the Office of the President of the United States. I may not always hold the person in that position in the highest regard but I will always respect the office. That does not mean I agreed with what President Obama did while in office. In fact, I disagreed with nearly every decision he made. Honestly, some of his decisions frightened me as I felt that my voice, as the obvious minority, was being at best, ignored and at worst, silenced. However, he was the President and as a citizen I had to respect that. I am nearly certain that I will not agree with every decision that President-Elect Trump makes as well, however, I will always give him my respect and prayers as my President.
So, my friends, I do not like to get political but for crying out loud, grow up and stop the rioting and violence. I am not asking you to stop protesting. If it is peaceful and has a legitimate cause, I have no issue with that as long as it is done within the confines of the law. However, I can tell you from experience that when you get out of college and walk into the offices and the boardrooms of corporate America or the factories of the industrial plants in our nation, you will not always get your way and I would highly recommend that you do not protest or riot when things do not go the way you want them to! Bosses are a little less understanding than college presidents and professors.
I have written and said before; this is the United States of America and we accept our elections and get behind our leaders! Every four years we elect a President so if you are not satisfied with the current results, get out there and work for a candidate that you believe in and get out there and vote! We have elected a new President and guess what, we will do it all again in another four years! That is freedom. That is America.