The election is over and the people have spoken, though it remains to be seen just what they voted for. It was also a surprising night with just how close the election results were and how well Donald Trump actually did. No one had really seen this coming, Hillary Clinton was the odds on favorite to win and was ahead in all the polls. Yet, here we are with a President elect Donard Trump. What does this say about the country and about us as a people, now that such a man like Trump could be elected President of the “Free World?”
Ever since its founding the United States has been a great country, not because of its power, but because of its goodness and because of the ideals that it has represented. The United States has always been an exceptional nation and a beacon to the world not because of its might or its people, but because it has for the most part been lead by virtue and goodness. It has stood for something greater than its self. Yes, there has been a many a flaws throughout the nation’s history, but despite those glaring flaws, it has strived to do better and be better than it is.
This has been what has always made America great and exceptional. Not because of its people or its leaders, but because of a calling of its people and its leaders to be better than they are. To improve, to self-examine, and to always be aware of one’s deep flaws and the flaws of the people, leaders and the nation as a hole. This is what has caused the United States throughout its history to stand up for the oppressed and to inspire the oppressed to stand up for themselves, even when from time to time, this great nation has its self been one of those keeping some oppressed.
With the Election of Donald Trump to the Presidency, I fear that all of this may change and that would be the greatest travesty in the history of the world. For what does it say about a nation and its people that it would chose for a leader, someone like Trump. A person that is so immoral and out for himself. He very little expresses remorse for his actions or what he says no matter how hurtful. He regularly attacks and just savages anyone who criticizes and disagrees with him. He mocks and belittles people. And he is obsessed with his image and “brand” and how he appears to others. The way he treats women and sees women is just so troubling and yet, says so much about his character or lack of one.
Thus, it is troubling to see a nation such as the United States vote in such a person as President (as leader) of said nation. America has been great because America has been good; in order to be good requires the people and leaders of a nation to be virtuous and moral. With the election of Trump, we as a nation are now entering uncertain times.
To be sure I have great reservations about Donald Trump as President. I was concerned as already said about his immorality, but also his unperdictability and just the plane unknown about just what he would do as President. I hope to God that my concerns are wrong about him, for he will now be my President and just what it would mean for the nation, the world, and the future if they are not. The people have spoken, and for good or ill, Donald Trump will be the next President of the United States of America. Come what may, we will as a nation, I truly believe make it as a nation and as a people if we remember and stick to what has made us “Great.” That being that we have been “Good.”