Donald Trump is the President-elect, and hate crime has been institutionalized. Throughout the nation, the populist has now taken the Torch of Freedom from Lady Liberty and uses it to vandalize with slogans “#Go back to Africa” “Trump, Whites only” “White America” and “Make America great again.” Close to home and while working at the polls in Manteca, a young Latina Manteca Unified high school student was told by some voters, “if you speak a language other than English, you should not be allowed to vote,” she was proudly wearing a sticker identifying her a bilingual worker.
Instances of hate crime are taking place all over America while president-elect Trump who as of this writing, remained quite. But how could he not? After all, he nurtured the anti-Hispanic, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-Islam, sexual predatory attitude during his brutal campaign, and brought out the leftover of Palin’s followers who have felt disfranchised from a government led by a black man these last eight years.
But no, I refuse to put in the same hat all white-non-educated Americans, Bernie’s millennials and those who chose to opted-out this consequential election. No, I am not going to do what has been done to Hispanics, Women, Native Americans, Blacks, and non-Christian Americans over the years. While we may look not the same, we are rich and mixed with extraordinary qualities and differences of opinions which make us one unique people. So, I am given those fellow Americans the benefit of the doubt.
It takes courage, leadership, and statesmanship to stand before millions of people unable to break the glass ceiling for the second time. Graciously and patriotically, Hillary Clinton stood behind the microphone, proudly, solemnly and said these epic words in her concession speech, “We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
We must accept. A hard pill to swallow for millions of Americans who strongly believe Donald Trump does not represent the best in us, but the nightmares of insecurity, indecency, dependability, unimaginatively, intolerance, white-ethnology and much more obscured feelings of autonomy. But no, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in replying to these sentiments she remarkably said “I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single day that I am an American. And I still believe as deeply as I ever have that if we stand together and work together with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us.”
“Make America great again,” if allowed will take us back to an era where it was not so great for the few, the Black, the Native American, the Hispanic or women. No, we can only move forward and into the future because “our best days are still ahead of us.” So, I will give President-elect Trump the benefit of the doubt. What I know about our Constitution in the 21st Century is that is a living document, a controller, and protector with not much room to move around, but compromise. It is a document which ensures that democracy continues and lets none have the ability to disregard. So have no fear because whatever unpleasant and offensive promises we heard from the President-elect during his campaign will be halted the first day of his presidency when he finally seats behind the Resolute Desk. Upon reading the handwritten letter of then former President Barak Hussein Obama, he will realize his idiocracy in comparison to a nation made of people from all walks of life, cultures, languages, heritages, and religions. If he has good intentions for us all, “Make America great again” will be replaced with “We are stronger together.” Because America is already great.
In conclusion, it is not coincidental that Veterans’ Day is right after an election. It is precisely the right time in history we Americans must cling arms moving forward to a better future, a better nation representative of who we are. President Lincoln could not have said it any better. His words at Gettysburg are an epic reminder to honor our Veterans, the Fallen and active, so I close this chapter of my utmost right to express my opinion with his words “… that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”