Thoughts of our recent (and volatile) election still occupy many of my thoughts and I think Clinton had it right when she made her theme “Stronger Together”. Yet now, instead of looking for points that we agree on, many are lashing out. I don’t think that’s what Clinton meant and it certainly isn’t how she is behaving.
Think about the the 3rd debate. At the time, the media was proclaiming that Clinton was ahead in polls, but there were also a lot of rumors and arrests for election rigging. Regardless, at that point, I believe both Wallace and Hillary were expecting Trump to lose. Wallace asked, “I want to ask you here on the stage tonight: Do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely — sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of this election?”
The thing is, that Trump, who saw the overflowing turn-out for his events, probably assumed that he had a good chance of winning, but he was well aware of potential rigging, so he said, ” I will look at it at the time. I’m not looking at anything now. I’ll look at it at the time….” Trump never said he wouldn’t accept the results, he said he would look at it at the time, which makes sense. If there had been massive fraud revealed that could overturn the outcome, I can’t image any candidate accepting the results.
Clinton then said, “That is not the way our democracy works. We’ve been around for 240 years. We’ve had free and fair elections. We’ve accepted the outcomes when we may not have liked them….” As it turned out, rally turnout was apparently a better indicator than the polls, so Hillary had to concede and accept the results of the election and she did it with dignity instead of lash out with violence.
Unfortunately, her followers, have not followed her example. They have become destructive and violent, which is not the appropriate response to a democratic election. and is fracturing our unity.
Meanwhile, Clinton and Obama are handling the situation well, despite the fact that they are more affected by it, than the average citizen.
We vote, again, in 4 years. It will either be a rejection of those in office or a vote of approval. Time will tell and I, for one, am patiently waiting to see what actually happens. That is how our democracy is supposed to work.