Let’s give the new guy a chance

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

It’s In­au­gu­ra­tion Day, and still some Amer- icans are de­ter­mined to spread their anger and fears on us con­cern­ing the last presi- den­tial elec­tion.

For months we’ve read the bi­ased, and not en­tirely truth­ful facts in our news­pa­pers, on so­cial me­dia, and re­peat­edly heard them on TV. We are ed­u­cated enough to rec­og­nize th­ese as prej­u­di­cial views. We ei­ther chose to feed on them, or we chose to re­al­ize that it all was the nasty part of ev­ery pres­i­den­tial race.

So, what ben­e­fit is there now, to con­tinue to spew out the dan­ger­ous no­tion of a one party supremacy, with words of fear and hate, which can only cause di­vi­sions among Amer­i­cans? Af­ter all, is one po­lit­i­cal par- ty more in­tel­li­gent, more wise, more con- cerned for our chil­dren’s fu­ture or the en­vi­ron­ment? Re­ally? Can we just ac­cept that, for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, some Amer­i­cans liked Hil­lary Clin­ton and some chose to vote for Don­ald Trump? Could we con­sider pulling our heads out of our po­lit­i­cal party sand­boxes, and ac­knowl­edge that both can­di­dates have flaws, as we all do? Can we calm down and give the new guy a chance, as we did for pre­vi­ous pres­i­dents?

Let’s try to lis­ten to views that do not al­ways agree with ours, with­out la­bel­ing oth­ers as “them” or ”de­plorable.” Does it mat­ter that our youth are still wit­ness­ing this folly?

In this new year, could we set aside neg­a­tive party pride and use the en­ergy to find com­mon ground that would ben­e­fit our coun­try?

Don’t we be­lieve that all Amer­i­cans need to be united and strong, in or­der to stand against our real en­e­mies? Gwen Jones, Cal­i­for­nia

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