Op-Ed: Where we go from here

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Op-Ed: Where we go from here

December 23, 2016 - 14:44

William Smith, Special to Hernando Sun

The nation is divided by race, geography, religion, culture, politics and economic class and we all must ask ourselves where we go from here, individually and as a nation. While it is important to figure out how we got here, we must move forward. Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States; this must be accepted by everyone. Short of an impeachable offense, he will be president of the United States for the next 4 years. No amount of violence, arson, riots or "acts of civil disobedience" will change this fact. Mr. Trump's nomination was near the bottom of my desired outcomes, but all we can do now is hope, petition and pray that he will be a successful president. Those who have acted violently have only confirmed the suspicions many of us already held about those on the extreme left. There are those who are hailing Donald Trump as the greatest or worst president in American history.

To those who are Anti-Trump I say "It's not the end of the world (yet)", to the Pro-Trump side I say "Action is worth a million words" and to both I say "Do not count your chickens before they hatch." A great majority of the media did everything but brand Donald Trump's head with a swastika and throw a white robe and hood over him to convey the message that, in their opinion, Donald Trump was a racist. The Democratic party then began systematically convincing blacks, gays, Hispanics, women, Muslims and other minorities that Donald Trump hated them, and to a large extent, this tactic worked. One thing that the democratic party seemed to forget was that America is 80%+ white. What disgusts me the most is that these racial scare tactics/pandering generally work.

These divisive tactics must be condemned and discontinued if we wish to move forward as a nation. There are steps we can all take to end this division. First of all, we must stop making every issue about race as an involuntary action. America has never been a nation of one race, but we have always had, until recently, one national identity. America is not a nation of immigrants, we are a nation of Americans. The man who loves this nation and passed the citizenship test 30 minutes ago is just as American as a man who was born in America. Second of all, it is incumbent on all Americans to remember the "other side" is not evil. Most people mean well, and we must all remember we are on one side, the American side. We must all have some amount of faith in one another, and in the nation as a whole. Third of all, we cannot have an electoral system, and then get an electoral result we do not like and claim the election and electoral system illegitimate, anymore than a baseball team that loses a game can claim the rules and results to be illegitimate, and declare themselves the winner of the game.

A shift from the electoral college system to a direct popular voting system would give high population states like New York and California an unfair advantage, and give low population states like Vermont, Montana and Arkansas an unfair disadvantage. In counties where one party controls the entire electoral process, as well as the courts,their would be cheating and fraud on a massive scale. The election would hinge on who could cheat the most. While Mrs. Clinton did win the popular vote, she did not do so by much.

The electoral college was set up over two centuries ago and the belief that it is a conspiracy of the Republican party is pathetically ignorant, patently false and entirely ridiculous. All patriotic Americans should give Donald Trump a chance and hope he is a great president, if only for the sake of the nation. America has survived the civil war, reconstruction, a great depression sandwiched by two world wars, the cold war, the Korean war, the Vietnam war, and 9/11, among other terrorist attacks and threats. I believe we can survive a subpar presidency if that becomes the case; after all, that is all we have had since 1988.