Can you believe it? The presidential election is over. While there is disappointment for many, the fact that the election is over cannot be a disappointment.
Yesterday as I left a meeting at Starbucks, I spotted an acquaintance, Dr. Preston Carter, who serves as the Madigan Hospital General Surgeon.
Preston’s hat, smile and characteristic bow-tie give us a positive message one day after the presidential election. The people have spoken. Donald Trump is our newly elected president, like it or not. We must now move forward doing what we can to hope for the best from our 45th president.
Post-election, It seems sad and ridiculous that people are blocking our streets protesting Donald Trump when Donald Trump has not had time to do anything good or bad as president. That behavior is simply barbaric civil unrest with no constructive purpose other than to be a disruption and to further divide America.
I encourage those who voted for Hillary Clinton, to consider emulating her lead and values when she tells us that we need to move forward on a constructive basis as we work with President-Elect Donald Trump. Let’s do what is good for America.
While it is easy to be disgruntled and to find only the negative, we might improve our chance of making “America Great Again” if we all work hard at looking for the positive(s).
If President-Elect Trump acts and behaves in tune with the worst expectations presented during the campaign, then, and only then will there be an intelligent possibility to justify protesting.
If Trump surprises us by becoming appropriately presidential in his acts and behavior, then any advance protesting will prove to have been a waste of time and resources as well as being ignorantly counter productive for America. Let’s not borrow trouble that has not yet materialized.
That is the way Dr. Carter and I see it.