As long as we have had elections, we have had division after the election. In our presidential elections, a 5% margin of victory is considered a landslide, so after each election we have almost half of the voters disappointed by the outcome.
Historically, the winners have cheered and the losers have licked their wounds. Usually within a few days of the election, almost everyone in the nation is pulling together. There have been many elections where the candidate I supported lost, but I have accepted the winning candidate because he is the new president. For better or worse, he is the leader of our country for the next four years.
This year is a little different. Mr. Trump won, but there are a large number of Mrs. Clinton’s supporters who are sore losers. Since the election there have been many liberals who refuse to interact politely with Trump supporters. Case in point is the restaurant in Hawaii who will not serve Trump supporters. This is only one of the more recent examples. In some cases Trump supporters have been assaulted.
Such behavior is simply juvenile. It is like a child throwing checkers around the room just because his or her opponent wantsto play with the red checkers (the pouting child’s favorite color). Usually in that case a parent says, “Children! Play together nicely.” Even after the game is over and the loser throws a temper tantrum, the parent says the same thing.
The behavior of these people throwing tantrums because their champion lost is childish. It is not appropriate for adults, and a requirement for voting is the voter must be an adult.
The election is over. The results are final. All of the protests and anger against people who voted for the other candidate accomplish nothing. The losers will accomplish more if they simply say, “I don’t approve of this man or woman, but he or she is our president.” After all, every government needs its “loyal opposition”. We need men and women who remain loyal Americans and who work with the government in power to run the country even though they do not agree with the government.
The loyal opposition has the following responsibilities: (1) Avoid obstructing the legal operation of the government bodies such as happened when Wisconsin legislators of the minority party boycotted sessions in an attempt to block a bill they did not like. (2) Legislators of the minority party are obligated to point out provisions of bills that they believe are detrimental to the country or to segments of the population. (3) They are obligated to offer amendments that will help to mitigate the problems pointed out under item 2. The loyal opposition is there to prevent the majority party from simply ramming their agenda through without giving some consideration to the concerns of the minority party.
What about the average citizen? If the average citizen is a member of the loyal opposition, they are obligated to write to their congressmen and senators when there is a bill before Congress that they oppose. Likewise, they are obligated to write to the White House with their opposition when the president is preparing to sign a bill or make an appointment.
The election results are final. Children! Play together nicely. There is an election every four years. Next time your candidate may win.
Reynold Conger is an author. Learn about his books at ReynoldConger.com.