What I will tell my chil­dren about an amaz­ing elec­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - By Mercedes Sch­lapp

Here’s what I will tell my five chil­dren about the his­toric elec­tion of 2016: We fought for the soul of our na­tion. We fought to save the Supreme Court from fall­ing into the hands of ac­tivist lib­eral judges. We fought for our re­li­gious lib­er­ties — lib­er­ties be­ing endangered ev­ery day by a gov­ern­ment push­ing a left­ist agenda tar­get­ing our re­li­gious in­sti­tu­tions. We fought for the un­born, who the left be­lieves have no rights even if they are vi­able out­side the womb. We fought for con­ser­va­tive pro­fam­ily and pro-faith val­ues — val­ues that were be­ing stripped by the gov­ern­ment amid a cam­paign try­ing to shame us for our re­li­gious be­liefs.

In this elec­tion, we stood up to the con­stant at­tacks and name-call­ing from the Democrats, who be­lieved that den­i­grat­ing Trump sup­port­ers as racists, sex­ists, xeno­phobes and big­ots was a win­ning strat­egy. We fought for the Amer­i­can worker, whose voice was clearly heard in this elec­tion. We fought against the Washington, Hol­ly­wood, New York and lib­eral me­dia elites who were solely fo­cused on de­stroy­ing Donald Trump and the con­ser­va­tive move­ment he in­spired.

The elit­ists thought that they were morally jus­ti­fied in crit­i­ciz­ing mil­lions of Amer­i­cans for sup­port­ing a can­di­date who was an out­sider. They might have the plat­form, but on Tues­day Amer­i­cans ex­er­cised both their right to vote and their power to change the course of their na­tion’s his­tory.

I will tell my chil­dren that Mr. Trump and Gov. Pence heard the voices of mil­lions of frus­trated Amer­i­cans who felt left be­hind in the po­lit­i­cal process, the for­got­ten work­ing-class Amer­i­cans who built our na­tion with their own hands. They lis­tened, pro­posed a vi­sion and came up with so­lu­tions, while the other party pointed fin­gers and dis­missed Trump sup­port­ers as “de­plorables.”

What I will tell my chil­dren is that to win an elec­tion, poli­cies and is­sues are more im­por­tant than name-call­ing. So­lu­tions and ideas should come from the bot­tom up, gen­er­ated by lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and not man­dated from Washington. The gov­ern­ment and politi­cians should lis­ten to the peo­ple in­stead of preach­ing from their sec­u­lar pul­pits on how the rest of us should live our lives.

While it was an ugly elec­tion with many low points, Mr. Trump fought hard and shared a vi­sion of Amer­ica’s re­newed great­ness in a coun­try where we have se­cure bor­ders and an im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem that works for all.

I will tell my chil­dren that Mr. Trump fought for the lit­tle guy, for the mom and pop in Erie County who lost all hope. While Mr. Trump was far from per­fect, he stood by peo­ple of faith who love Amer­ica.

I know the lib­er­als suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing and un­ex­pected po­lit­i­cal de­feat. As con­ser­va­tives, we know the feel­ing all too well, and it’s never easy to process. But I have new hope for an Amer­ica that, with a united gov­ern­ment and the lead­er­ship of Pres­i­dent Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, can find a way to en­sure that our re­li­gious lib­er­ties are pro­tected, that our na­tion is kept safe and that our econ­omy thrives.

Tens of mil­lions of Amer­i­cans on Tues­day chose the out­sider whose ba­sic mes­sage was that it is Washington that needs to change, not the core val­ues that made this coun­try great in the first place.

I will tell my chil­dren that, af­ter an ugly elec­tion, as Amer­i­cans we now must unite, but that it’s also OK to ex­er­cise our right to peace­ful protest. And I will tell my chil­dren to never give up and to al­ways be­lieve in mir­a­cles, be­cause elec­tion night was in so many ways his­toric, un­ex­pected and — yes — mirac­u­lous.

Mercedes Sch­lapp is a Fox News con­trib­u­tor, co-founder of Cove Strate­gies and for­mer White House di­rec­tor of spe­cialty me­dia under Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush.

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