Five reasons we’ll be OK with Trump
It has been a long and ugly election year. All the acrimony had a negative effect on me to the extent that I could not watch the election returns on Tuesday night. While I was surprised and disappointed profoundly in the results, I decided to put down my thoughts as to why I remain so positive about our country’s future.
1. The election demonstrated and underscored how the electorate is very unhappy, frustrated and angry with the current political establishment and wants to send a message that more of the same is not acceptable. Donald Trump is a clear outsider who is comfortable saying what he thinks. Positive: both parties need to stop looking at themselves and really reach out to others who think differently to understand what is lacking and then look to work productively on reasonable solutions.
2. Some of my dear friends voted for Mr. Trump. I remind myself that friends of mine who are good, thoughtful, caring and respectful people selected Mr. Trump as he is an outsider whom they hope will bring about change to both the Republican and the Democratic party leadership.
3. Mr. Trump, true to his expertise as a marketing and business executive, found a message that worked for him and continued using it throughout the electoral process. I am hopeful now that he has been elected he will be a different kind of business leader, where he will develop a vision and plans to put objectives into action. He wants his “brand” to be great and result in a legacy of excellence.
4. Hillary Clinton, though proven to be thoroughly experienced, knowledgeable and committed to the disenfranchised both in the U.S. and abroad, is still a part of the establishment. She is the ultimate insider. Her being a woman was not the deciding factor. She was not chosen due to her intimacy and commitment to the current political stage as well as her ties to individuals who are part of what has been implemented and has not worked.
Also, did anyone really want to see Bill Clinton back in the White House?
5. Change is hard and uncomfortable. We need to stop talking among likeminded people and openly have a conversation where we listen honestly and respectfully to others with different priorities and concerns.