Five rea­sons we’ll be OK with Trump

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Jane Hill, Bal­ti­more

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.

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