All you can do is laugh when you feel like the world just caved in. You readied yourself to celebrate a triumphant feat of Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton becoming the first woman to be elected to the top ranking office of the nation, but instead you get millennials protesting the election’s outcome in metropolitan cities. Stephen Colbert of the Late Show describes the toxicity of 2016 Presidential Election best.
What will happen to our rights? Environment? Healthcare? Foreign policies? The whiplash to come will be fierce if President-elect Donald Trump decides to mandate even half of the divisive policies into law that were uttered during his campaign. I dearly fear for my fellow Americans.
God forbid Trump’s team make good on their words and go on a tirade in their attempts to jail Clinton that have been decades in the making. America is not a banana republic. We don’t jail our opponents.
Hillary Clinton’s Legacy
When Tim Kaine gave his heart-felt introduction of Hillary Clinton this morning, the finality of last night’s shocking election results started to resonate within me and tore the floodgate wide open. My heart goes out to a woman who fought her whole adult life trying to positively affect the lives of others, regardless of how highly or lowly you thought of her and her approach. Clinton might not have broken what she termed as the highest glass ceiling, but she added more than a few rungs to the ladder that we often take for granted. A ladder built by the many names throughout American history that fought for women’s rights and progress before and after the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
I am not trying to paint Clinton as a perfect political figure. Her battle wounds run deep as she has had to fight an uphill battle every step of the way. As a supporter that gave her votes on both presidential run, it was overwhelming at times when her baggage swelled, made worse when coupled with Bill’s. Some of the ridicule she has encountered resulted from her own bad decisions, but others were plainly unjust, thinly-veiled excuses aimed to vilify her. I voted for her because I believe that she has our best interest at heart. At the very least, she earned the respect that we should all grant her.
She lost and nothing can change the outcome. I am glad she ended her campaign on a high note with all the support and love that her surrogates and supporters showed her. There’s no doubt Clinton will continue to try to do more good in the world in a different capacity after she privately sorts out the heartbreak of her greatest setback.
Thank you, Hillary Clinton, for your public service throughout the years!