“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.” ~Thomas Jefferson
By Alden Benton
It is over.
Donald J. Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America. The sky did not fall and life on earth did not end.
It was a good night for Republicans. Trump won handily, winning 279 Electoral College votes to Clinton’s 228. Republicans kept control of the United States Senate with 51 seats and the House of Representatives with 239 seats.
This election represents more than a win for Trump.
The defeat of Hillary Clinton is a referendum on the failure of liberal policies of the past eight years and on political liberalism in general.
Trump’s victory is also a defeat for the political elite in Washington, especially the establishment elite of the Republican Party.
The mainstream media went all-in for Hillary. Despite their efforts to push her into the White House, the voters smacked them down hard. Throughout the campaign, their collective lips were firmly attached to Hillary’s derriere. The voting public saw through their hyperbole, lies, and fabrications and permanently, if not fatally, destroyed what was left of their credibility and influence.
As President-elect Trump prepares to take office at noon on January 20, 2017, we all need to take a deep breath, and eliminate the rancor and divisiveness left over from a long and bloody campaign.
The election is over. It was a good fight and a fair election. The system works. However, we must move forward with the governance of the nation.
I am not suggesting we should not question our president and the actions he takes. Quite the contrary, for dissent and opposition fuel the discussions that lead to solutions to the problems we face.
My hope is that those who oppose his policies act in a civil manner and work to bring forth the policies they prefer through the Constitutional system.
The voters have spoken and they are the true winners of this election.
For better or worse, it is time to move forward.
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