Well pretty much nobody saw that coming! Donald Trump is now President-elect of the United States of America. As they say, only two things in life are certain: taxes and death–although it appears paying taxes isn’t always certain for some people, at least. I’m sorry, I had to…
I heard David Axelrod on CNN Tuesday night say he likes to tell candidates this: “You’re never as right as you think you are when you win, and never as wrong when you lose.” Great saying, but then again the former Obama campaign manager seems to keep a pretty cool head about him.
You may or may not like Trump’s economic ideas or his taxation policies. I have my opinions about what is best for our nation. You may or may not like his understanding of Vladimir Putin and a possible relationship with him and what that will mean for Europe and the NATO alliance that has kept Europe and America on one side and the Soviet Union/Russia on the other. I believe certain things are very important and not to be trifled with.
But there ought to be one thing all Americans agree on: Speech that inflames hatred of groups of people cannot be accepted. No economic policy, no matter how effective, no international relationship, no matter how important, can outweigh the importance of the moral fabric of our society. We must not buy prosperity or peace–if that’s what a Trump presidency is purporting to bring–at the cost of increased racial, ethnic, religious, gender tensions and pain.
President Trump will have to figure out a way of bestowing blessings on America without choosing to gather curses. I will pray that he and the government will find their way to doing so.