We Have to Keep Moving Forward

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No, I didn’t vote for Donald Trump to be our next President.

He did not meet the criteria I have personally set for any candidate that I get to vote for, especially when I am voting for them to be the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States or the President.

The person I voted for was not because I was passionate about her qualities or ability to lead, she was the lesser of two evils in my view.

That being said, Trump is the President-elect based on the laws we have in place for the “peaceful” transfer of power in the United States of America.

Period.

After a rancorous election cycle that divided our Country more than I thought possible…what comes next?

Even more rancor? The rioting, protests and social media blizzards of negativity are showing that people are scared of Trump and the direction they believe he will take our Country.

The responses from Trump supporters and Trump himself are often shallow and not helpful to the situation we have before us.

A nation divided.

At some point we have to let go of the election results and move forward to reunite our divided Country and it starts here:

I hear too many people disparaging Trump supporter’s intellect, ignorance and so many other aspects.

Stereotyping does not really give the picture of who Trump’s supporters really were.

Who are they really?

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I went north today upta the real center of the State of Maine and I saw too many homes looking like this. This is many real people’s reality in rural areas of America, homes, hopes and dreams dashed in today’s economic reality of lower wages, few jobs and little hope of the good jobs coming back. This image is special to me because as a youngster I played in that yard, went hunting up back, laughed a lot, played with my cousins who lived there at the time. No, not all is well in America and the lack of hope that this photo has for me, helped me understand how people could vote for Trump, despite of all the crap he brings to the table.

They are our neighbors, friends, family and yes, many people we do not know (who were teachers, carpenters, loggers, farmers, etc.) people who work hard for a living, decided that Hillary Clinton was too scary, in their perspective to be President.

Good, honest people, who have been ignored by both parties for far too long.

How do I know?

If I hadn’t moved to the Augusta area 16 years ago, without a doubt I would have been one of them. You will probably vote pretty the same as the people you surround yourself with and back then, I was living the same life that many of the people I know who voted for Trump.

I do not consider all Trump supporters as ignorant, disgusting, racist, hillbillies, who want a return to “how it used to be”, anymore than I believe that all Clinton supporters are freeloaders, whiney-asses, who just want nothing but handouts and free shit.

Both sides have their share of shitheads, jackasses and vocal minorities, who do not reflect the views, opinions or intellect of the individuals I know on both sides of the fence.

For many of my liberal friends and Hillary supporters, since you are railing so loudly about Trump supporters, their ignorance and lack of social awareness.

Please stop believing that ALL Trump supporters are ignorant, stoopid, racist pigs – most are not.

Most are hard-working neighbors, friends and family who are proud, want nothing more than a fair shake to keep going and that their children have a chance at a life better than theirs. They are the small town and rural residents who know they have been left behind and ignored, while urban areas are being restored and catered too.

Many of them are the ones who actually are the ones getting or have gotten the lay-off notices when the mills close, Wal Mart moves in, etc., and their once thriving towns in Berlin, Millinocket and so many other nameless places and faces for many of us – because big business decided that they could make even more money, by moving their operations to a different Country or another part of our Country.

They lost the ability to earn a decent wage where they and their families have lived for generations and want to live. They lost the chances for their children to be upwardly mobile or at least have the standard of living that they had by working hard.

They lost the support of the very politicians who said “it would never happen here”. Many had lost pride in who they were becoming and hope for their children.

Their perspective on and experience with the American Dream and what is happening in our Country is vastly different than, what is being experienced in urban areas or in academia.

They live in a different world than those in urban areas and Trump paid attention to their plight and scared them less than Hillary and her supporters did. Even though he was rich as hell, uncouth, egotistical, he was not a career politician who they considered was part of the problem (rightly or wrongly).

The changes in the world disturbed and lack of respect for them was only getting worse. The country-bumpkins of the Country were stereotyped, put on the back shelf and ignored, since they were not rich, as well educated and able to influence policy or politicians.

In talking with many Trump supporters, that is the main reason they voted for him, Hillary and many of her supporters (you), scared the shit out them.

Just like Trump scares me and many others.

So before my liberal friends go off on your diatribes about the stereotypical Trump supporter, please stop and think for a minute. They are mostly honest, hard-working people, who have a different perspective on what life is like in the Unites States at this point and time.

They are people, not numbers or nameless faces. They are parents, grandparents, brother, sisters and yes, they are citizens whose voice too often has been left unheard or ignored as others have their agenda to keep.

They are not evil, they are fellow Americans who are part of the solution. They are not as some believe “the problem” and if we continue to see them in that light, we become part of the problem. They are also afraid that once the election is over, that they will go back to being the “ignored ones”. The ones who politicians, academia and the rich will walk all over – yet again.

Trump they hope will bring back some of their pride and yes, good paying jobs and a reasonable future. Now it remains to be seen if he will, but it was a better chance in their eyes than what the urbane Hillary would have done for them. It is a chance and for many of them that was enough.

That is my view, it is not what everyone has seen, heard or feels, but I understand why so many did vote for Trump and it had very little to do with being ignorant, racist or even stupidity.

It was all about being listened to, when no one else seemed to.

They have spoken loudly and now will get a chance to see if the Republicans listen or keep going down the road they have been on all along…giving to the rich and foresaking their electorate.

Time will tell.

Until then, we have a new President-elect. The voters have spoken and now we need to give him a chance to see what he does, versus what he says. Sometimes the two are vastly different.

I guess it comes down to, do the former Hillary supporters, believe in America enough to trust the process we have in place to peacefully transfer power, when the election results are in.

I do.

UPDATE: However, I do strongly agree with Mike and my Dad, that we still need to keep to our own sense of what is right and wrong, while holding our elected official responsible for their actions or in-actions, supposedly on our behalf and not in the their own or some special interests – that is not who elected them to represent them.

On this Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who have served and given that blank check to America…is it too much to ask of liberal/conservatives, urban/rural and all the schisms that divide us, to see or find, what things we have in common to move forward to keeping our Country great.

Because we don’t need to make it great again, it already is.

22 thoughts on “We Have to Keep Moving Forward

  1. Thank you for the good thoughts. I personally don’t understand why people are going so overboard for what could, in all likelihood, be only 4 years of someone they don’t like. Our country has had so many worse things happen in the last decade or two and we are still here. Most likely any damage we incur will be a result of events that started long before Donald J Trump even began campaigning for office. Not to give him a pass: just trying to give perspective that neither he nor any of the other candidates would likely ruin the country enough to justify the physical violence (and coddling of children, may I also add) that have occurred IN JUST THE LAST 3 DAYS.

    To be blunt, it’s time we get over it. Life hands you disappointments, and you have to learn to deal with it. People should be more upset about the balance of power in the House and Senate. Much like everything else, everyone is so upset about who is in the White House that they forget about the two Houses who exist to keep him in check.

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  2. First – I agree. I do not side with those calling for ‘faithless electors’ to reverse the outcome and side with the popular vote and elect Clinton at the electoral college. I feel that regardless of my position on the election, THAT outcome would be a constitutional crisis like we’ve never seen. And even though that was EXACTLY what Trump called for if HE lost, I believe the ‘high road’ path Clinton and Obama have called for is correct.

    On the other stuff, I see both sides of it – on the one hand I also have family friends who voted, some of whom actually are somewhat stereotypical “southern white racists”, but not uneducated or poor. Others are more focused on the economics – and don’t disagree that republicans intentionally held back the economy for the last 6 years, but what they really want is more economic progress, regardless of the other costs. Some simply hate Hillary and would have voted for a bag of dog turds over her.

    On the other hand, there are very legitimate reasons to believe that the rights and lives of minorities of all types (gender, color, race, religion, and LGBT status) could be very much negatively impacted in a way that might take at least a generation to undo. They have listened to and absorbed Trump’s words, Pence’s actions as governor, and the GOP platform as documented … and all of those pretty much *promise* that those things will happen.

    I honestly applaud all of the protests and demonstrations – they are a healthy part of our democracy, and are informing the new President that the majority of people did NOT vote for him, and it is his job to now work to unite the country through word and deed. Sadly, he has made no such actions – instead raising the usual nonsensical conspiracy theories about the protests. As I have said, my son was at the NYU protest that was partly fueled by the defacing of a Muslim prayer room on campus by Trump supporters, and they are real and spontaneous … and reflect the reality that our youth voted against Trump to an extent we’ve never seen before.

    And what I have seen in the days since the election – mostly peaceful protests, with some violence spilling out, some hate crimes committed by Trump supporters, and so on – is both good and bad. As I saw written somewhere, I believe Trump supporters who say they are opposed to racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance and so on … but as part of the healing process I would like to hear them say that they oppose any moves to limit rights and freedoms to minorities. I will give them the benefit of the doubt, just as I will give our new president the benefit of the doubt – but also hold them fully accountable if these fears are realized.

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    • It is done, time to move on. While I respect the right of the protesters to do so, I think they are wasting their time.
      We could be in a really bad situation with one party controlling all three sections of our government. I’m sure that some conservatives are nice people but they always seem so mean and angry when ever they talk about the issues. That scares me.
      I am hopeful that Trump and his team come to their senses and back of on some of the whack-a-doodle ideas he ran on.

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      • bryanew710

        I’ll be honest: I don’t believe Trump could, much less will do half of the things he has in mind. Even with the majority working in his favor, historically change does not come instantly by fiat. That’s what checks and balances are for.

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      • bryanew710

        Point is, while he might be able to effect change, I don’t think people should be nearly as worried about it as the protests and cripplingly distraught students would indicate. I mean, why not put all the energy into ensuring that there is a better opponent for him in four years? Mobilize the base, write letters to prospective candidates…ANYTHING but wrecking up the place and generally acting like a child told they can’t have candy!

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      • I have a feeling that some things will happen simply because they are in a position to push through many of the plans for America that they have not been able to get through. I would look at Paul Ryan’s plan for America as a starting point and some of those thing line up with what Trump has stated he wants to accomplish in his first 100 days. Term Limits will not happen – why should career politicians do it? Other things we will wait and see. Once Trump gets into office I have a feeling that Pence will be the one that governs and Trump will continue to be the front man reveling in the spotlight that comes with being President. While others push through or repeal legislation, regulations and other programs that have been in place.

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      • “I think they are wasting their time.”

        I respectfully disagree with that to some extent. Honestly as I said, I oppose the ‘not my president’ thing – he IS my, and your , and OUR president, like it or not. But that doesn’t mean we should ‘go quietly into the good night’ 🙂

        When you look at the other elements of the protest, about holding him accountable, about expressing that the majority of Americans who voted didn’t vote for Trump, that there is widespread concern about the language used and promises made – and very real fears of what the three branches might work together to do in terms of harming a considerable portion of the electorate … I think the protests are actually incredibly important.

        But as I have noted, while my son was there in Washington Square Park in NYC with the early protest … he had to get to class, had projects to do, and was up filming a few days this week until 4AM, so not much time for him to protest 🙂

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      • I meant no offense. Maybe i’m too old to believe that marching in the street does much. It gets attention but the people in power don’t care. They know who writes their checks.
        We need change in this country, but I am very concerned with the kind of change we are likely to see over the next 4 years.
        We all need to write letters to our elected officials, especially if they are not from your party. We also need to write to the editor, things like that.
        When I was in college I did a little protesting, so I understand. I’m not against anyone doing it, I just think the effort would be more effective if it were directed elsewhere.

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    • I agree that we need to hold our elected officials accountable and yes, we need to hold the electorate accountable as well for illegal activities that they tacitly sponsor or ignore. I really think that Peter Larson’s posts on Facebook the past couple of days have been spot on and his observations make a lot of sense.

      I have a feeling that healing, coming together and all that other stuff that so many of us talk about will be a long time coming. As much as I want to see it happening, there is racism, bigotry and many other issues standing in the way of it happening and the leadership of the Republican party is doing little to change the attitudes or to make it happen. I have a feeling that things will get worse before they get better, but that is just me.

      I got a feeling that the social safety net and guarantees of equality that were developed for so many years, are going to be attacked by the leaders that were elected over the past few elections. With this administration the checks and balances may not be there to actually protect those that need it the most. Which does worry me.

      Yes, I want to give Trump and his administration a shot to see how/what they actually do to benefit the Country as a whole…

      Well time will tell and we will have to hold our elected officials accountable for how they lead and how they vote.

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  3. Thanks for this post. Good considerations of the good and the bad, and giving me a little more insight into Trump supporters. I agree heartedly, we need to accept the democratic decision and move on. Yes, I think we need to reconsider the electoral system in light of what happened, but that does not illegitimate the current President Elect.
    But seriously, while I want to accept Trump, he makes it very hard to do so with each Tweet he puts out,

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    • I tend to disagree on changing the electoral college, it protects the smaller states from being completely overwhelmed by the larger states and having what works in those states being forced upon the smaller states with different issues. Otherwise, the politicians would focus on California, Texas, Florida, New York and the big cities and rural America would have even less of a voice than it does now. I will continue to say keep the electoral college in place, the founding fathers, put it there for a specific reason and as much as it might seem to be an anachronism, in my opinion, it still is pertinent after all these years.

      Many Trump supporters and I know that I agree with you, Trumps Twitter account needs to be taken away. He needs to not be giving us his thoughtlessness of the moment. He forgets that his every move, comment and utterance is a direct reflection of millions of American Citizens. He no longer represents just Trump Enterprises, he represents the United States of America. A much bigger deal.

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      • bryanew710

        Thank you for pumping the brakes on EC change. Whenever I hear someone say that, I can’t help but think they are only saying it because what they wanted didn’t happen. If it had, they wouldn’t be saying anything at all.

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      • I have a feeling at some point it will change, but during the next 4 years. Now if the results had been reversed and Trump had won the popular vote and Clinton the Electoral College, I am sure that the majorities in Congress would have been hollering for a change to the “antiquated” rules of the Electoral College. So as long as the rules suit/benefit the power-brokers I do not see it changing. Not that I want to see it change anyway – I still think it serves a purpose, even with its faults.

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    That’s my thing: if you can be on the winning side and complain that the EC needs changing, I’ll listen. Anyone who complains from the losing side (*even if it’s people I agree with*) should not be listened to because all the complaint amounts to is “my horse lost, and we need to change the rules so they can win next time”. That is VERY short-sighted.

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  6. Thank you for your thoughtful post. I have not said much about this but I was clearly not a supporter of this gentleman (if you can call him that). As usual, I am in agreement with Michael on this topic. While I agree that it is best to move on, and I am not thrilled with this, there are some difficult struggles for different groups and that is hard. I understand their fears and concerns.

    You also pointed out something we have addressed as a family. We moved to a small town, kind of the opposite of what you did. We hope that we can raise a child to be loving, kind, and open minded. It will be trickier where we are, but it is a challenge I accept as a parent.

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    • I don’t think the new President-elect is a gentleman and probably never will. Just because someone is rude, crass and supposedly speaks their mind, does not mean they are honest or someone who will keep the promises they made during an election.

      I would be happier, if some of the people he was appointing were different, because they are the ones we should be the most concerned with.

      He is not going to govern, he is going to be the front man, the loud and obnoxious CEO who distracts The People from what is going on behind the closed doors, while he plays at being President, others like Pence and the people he chooses for his cabinet and other appointed positions are going to be making the decisions that impact us the most.

      Living in small town America has always had its advantages and disadvantages, depending upon the area and local attitudes.

      I am lucky to live about 10 miles outside of Augusta, in a rural bedroom community on a back road that most days my dog and I can walk down the middle of and not be bothered to move very often, but like all things even that is changing with more and more houses being built in the developments around us. I just think the advantages of small town living outweigh living in an urban area.

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      • You and I are totally of the same mindset. I have done a good job keeping quiet for the most part, but I 100% completely agree with what you are saying. He is not a gentleman, I do not like him and I have a much bigger issue watching who is appointing. I too LOVE small town America and look forward to showing my daughter and family the many ways that it can be wonderful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      • Now we just have to wait and see what happens, though I am not optimistic, we will keep moving forward despite the obstacles placed in our way. 🙂

        A lot like running isn’t it, well sometimes

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