Like many, I am shocked by the results last night. I’m still trying to process my thoughts on where we are in the country. I’m hoping by talking through some of my thoughts, I can figure it out.
I’m sure most of you reading this know me to be a conservative Christian. As a result, I was in the Never Clinton camp since day one. She is the most corrupt candidate we’ve ever had run for President. Oh, I know she has never been convicted of anything. That’s how much power she has. You only need to pay attention to what has been coming out in the last few months to realize that.
Of course, that presumes that you’ve been watching any news media that would report it. The news media has proved their bias so blatantly this election cycle it would be funny if there still weren’t people out there who refuse to see it.
But as a conservative Christian, I was also firmly in the Never Trump camp. That man has made my skin crawl long before he ran for President. The revelations about him in the last few months were as shocking to me as the revelations about Clinton. In other words, I expected them. It is sad that any human being would treat any other human being that way at all ever. There is no excuse for it. There is no defense for much of what he has said and done in the past and during this campaign, and I will not try to offer any.
For the first time in my life, I actually voted for a third party candidate. I could not in good conscious vote for either of them.
Yet I am happy with the results today. I am happy because voters seem to have seen through the lies that Secretary Clinton has been telling for years and the way that much of the media tried to cover it up for her.
On the other, I am scared. I don’t trust Trump. I don’t trust him to be a responsible adult. Considering he was a Democrat until not too long before he decided to run, I don’t trust him to actually do any of the things he says he will do, and I worry he will do the opposite. And I’m very upset by the racist incidents that I’m already hearing about. It is very wrong, and there is no excuse for it ever.
If there is anything good that can come from this, it’s that once again we will have a news media that looks closely at what the President does. We had that from 2000 to 2008, but we haven’t had that for the last 8 years. Heck, I’m looking forward to descent and questioning the President being patriotic again as it was at the turn of the century instead of racist as it was for the last 8 years.
Which brings me to the biggest point from all of this. There have been calls for healing and moving forward. I’m all for that. BUT IT MUST COME FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE!!!!!! No, I don’t mean lie down and let President Trump do whatever he wants. Believe me, I will oppose him when he says or does something I don’t like. And I expect there to be plenty of that.
However, I have seen lots of hate coming from the liberals on my Facebook and Twitter feeds. And I do mean hate. Name calling and devise language will not help anyone or anything right now. If we are going to move forward as a country, we have to stop looking at each other as baskets of deplorable and actually sit down and listen to each other and get to know each other. Yes, Trump has said racist and sexist things. But that doesn’t mean his supporters are racist or sexist. It might just mean that they looked hard at Clinton and didn’t like what they saw. It might be a vote against her as much as or more than a vote for him. But how will you know that if you scream, shout, and threaten to leave the country instead of trying to find out why your friends voted for him?
It’s actually been very interesting. I have seen very few gloating messages from my conservative friends. Yes, I’ve seen some, but compared to the shock, horror, and anger coming from my liberal friends, it has been mild. Of course, the mature comments I have seen from other liberal friends have given me hope that we can sit down and discuss our difference like rational adults.
Because we need to have many adult conversations about things that are happening in our country and in our world. Trump is not going to have them or start them. The news media certainly isn’t going to allow them to happen. Those who aren’t invested in one side and invested enough in conflict to keep things going. That means it is up to us. And that starts with listening to your friends who disagree with you instead of labeling, name calling, and stalking away.
Earlier this year, I listened to the audio version of The Silencing by Kristen Powers. Yes, she is a Fox News contributor. However, she is a liberal. She is a liberal I respect because she is willing to call out liberals when they are wrong, but she has logical reasons for her liberal beliefs. I don’t always agree with her (in fact I rarely do), but I respect her because I can tell she has thought through what she is saying. All that to introduce this book, which talks about how the illiberal left is trying to shut down those who disagree with them in our country. Honestly, I think a lot of what is in this book might be why we saw the results we did last night. And I’m already seeing it play out anew in the last 24 hours. If you are interested, here is my review. I challenge you to read the book (or listen to it like I did) and think about it. It is possible that someone disagrees with you, has good reasons for it, and isn’t a racist or sexist or any other ist or phobe. And until we are willing to realize that about each other, we are not going to move forward as a country.
At this point, I am rambling. We are in for an interesting next four years. But I do hope that we stop and listen to each other instead of just writing each other off because we disagree. If that happens, there will be no healing and the divides in our country will only be worse the next time we go through this.
One last thought before I go. As a people, we need to be praying for our leaders, even and especially when we disagree with them. But when we agree with them, too. Our hope is ultimately in God, not in who the President is or isn’t. And He can change hearts and minds more than anything we say on the internet or face to face can.