I have tried during the seven years of this blog to keep politics out. Critiquing the operations of government, yes. Politics (the art and science of winning elections), no. I am going to make an exception because of the violent demonstrations last night and because a friend recommended this piece from Vanity Fair. He thought it was great. I believe -- in the strongest possible terms -- it is the opposite. It is by Aaron Sorkin, the creator of the TV series, West Wing.
And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too. The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons. Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate. Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill, ugly, and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic s---heads everywhere. Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up.” (Did anyone bother to ask how? Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room?)
Other than being an extremely sore loser, it is this attitude of "two Americas" that is poisonous to our society. We are all Americans! Mr. Trump says he is going to try to work for the advancement of "all Americans."
Mrs. Clinton, in her eloquent concession speech, said that she believes President Elect Trump is owed "an open mind and a chance to lead." I agree with Mrs. Clinton 100%.
Late addition: If you are still unconvinced, please read this superb, brief, essay from a Clinton supporter.
Second late addition: