A Step Back

By Atiba Madyun

What we ALL can do is take a step back. The language of unity is not one of confrontation. Whether we agree or disagree with the election of President-Elect Donald J. Trump, the fact remains, he is going to be our 45th President.  

We don’t get anywhere together, pointing the finger of blame. We don’t get anywhere being antagonistic. There are winners and losers in every election.  

If Hillary had won, many on her side would have said the same indifferent things to the other side.  

Many of you like myself are God loving people. Last night, I reflected on that. There is a message here for us to learn whether you believe in a higher power or not. 

I believe that message is, that we HAVE to stop yelling at each other. We have to talk with one another. The HATE will only create more HATE. Love trumps Hate? We can’t just say it, we have to prove it!  

This election was a referendum on our past. We have not reconciled the history of our past, because we refuse to talk about it. 

Race, slavery, women, misogyny, immigration, guns, climate, economy, poverty, education are just some of the issues we need to tackle TOGETHER.  

It’s ok to be upset. It’s ok to be sad. But don’t let it keep you down or run away from the issues we know need to be addressed. 

Whether you agreed or not, President Obama did a lot in his 8 years. The truth is, he could have done more, if the people who elected him, had done more. That’s what we have to look at as a nation. Trump brought people out of the shadows, just as Obama did in 2008. And now we are communicating more than we were before either of their elections. 

Obama has been a transformative President. Trump will be too. There’s a silver lining. And that is, we the people must find common ground. We the people must find ways and tables to sit down and talk to each other and not at each other.  

We the people is not just my community pointing at your community. It is an idea that together we are stronger. It is evident that we are not together and that makes us weak. It is time that we put country over party. Those aren’t just words. It is the truth. 

I respect President-Elect Trump for winning last night. It is time now, for all of us to find ways to stay engaged in this political process. It isn’t time to run away from it.

#Election2016 #PartyPolitics

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