America in the Age of Trump, in the words of columnist Peggy Noonan, “battered but standing, atomized but holding on.”
As I think about the political earthquake that we as a nation experienced in 2016, I am continue to be inspired by the resilience of the American people. The 2016 election cycle presented us with candidates for the American Presidency that most of us did not want. One of them, Donald J. Trump, became our 45th president in a peaceful transfer of power.
No doubt about it, this election and events that followed have cut deep. I’ll leave to others to discuss what happened and why. The important question we face is, what now? So many people are afraid. So many on both sides of the political divide are losing faith in our political process. I have read commentaries on Facebook comparing the Age of Trump to the coming to power of the Nazis more than eighty years ago.
I continue to have deep concerns about Mr. Trump’s fitness for the office he assumed on January 20, 2017. What an indictment of our political, business and media elite! His election was the product of an electoral system which, imperfect as it is, has served us well for more than 200 years. I will not yield to voices of fear, anger, hatred and despair. I hope that you won’t either.
Eighty-six years ago, a new President rallied his fearful fellow citizens with the assurance that the only thing that we had to fear was fear itself. On January 20, 1961 another new President challenged his fellow Americans to ask, not what the country could do for them, but what they could do for their country. I believe that we are once again at that moment of decision.
Three hundred and thirty million Americans can work to pull our badly divided country back together–or pull it farther apart. Which way will you pull?