In the early hours of November 9th 2016 Donald Trump won the 2016 Election and become President Elect of the United States of America.

If you are looking for details of that story, you have come to the wrong place; that is not why I am writing this.

I am writing this, for you.

For if you (as I do) think that Donald Trump as President is a Very Bad Idea, then we have work to do.

I know that it is too soon.  That for some of you the shock and disbelief will be too near; but despair is a luxury we cannot afford.

Donald Trump did not win the election by accident.  People voted for him; in vast numbers.  And this day is the darker for it.

If you are angry, I understand.  If you are scared, I understand.  If you cannot believe this is happening, I understand.

Trump’s election has shone a harsh light on the very real wounds of America, wounds which speak bluntly to our collective failure as citizens of the world.  Our failure to effectively educate, our failure to heal division, our failure to meaningfully engage.

But now is not the time for blame or recrimination.  Hatred cannot be our answer, and more fear will only feed the fires of division.  This is our time now, our challenge; this is the task that has been set before us.

Apathy is the enemy.  If we give up we become part of the problem.  If we want things to improve we have to work.

Moving forward, we must work to effectively educate.  We must work to heal division.  And we must work to engage more people in this process.

Because this is not just about America, it is about the world and every soul in it.  It is about you, and it is about me; it is about our families, and it is about our friends; it is about our future, and it is about the world we choose to leave behind for those who will follow.

Take heart my friend.  If you are reading this then there is hope.  Today may be dark but, as long as we still draw breath we carry with us the opportunity to make things better.  This is not hyperbole, nor is it panacea.  I believe it with every fiber of my being.

I believe in us.

And I believe, in you.


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182 thoughts on “ Hatred Cannot Be Our Answer… ”

  1. No, hatred is not the answer, but moving forward with bigots and racists isn’t either. Teach the world tolerance and diversity. Stand firm against those who do not stand for every man’s dignity. Stand in between the abuses to shelter the more vulnerable. And move forward with those who fight for democracy for all, not for some, not for few.

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  2. James, Thank You for sharing this. We have 72 days until Trump is sworn in as President. This gives us time to deal with the election results and to see what he now says as President Elect. We should not react in fear or anger to things we don’t like. We should stand up for what we believe in and and the rights we currently have. We should stand together for each other. We should pray that this will turn out ok for everyone.

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  3. Last night I felt diminished. Sickened. Disheartened. And if I’m honest I still feel that at some level today. Interestingly, I awoke feeling convicted. Convicted of the importance of my voice like I’ve never felt before. Educate. Heal. Engage. Thank you for this.

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    1. You are not alone. There are many people writing to me who feel the same way.
      You are most welcome, thankyou for reading, and for taking the time to write.
      I am here if you need me. Take heart.
      – J


  4. Not sure you are right. You reflect the feelings of many of us who steadfastly supported Trump. You also IMHO correctly analyze why so many voted for Trump. Your solutions though are weak. Sort of reminds me of Chamberlain and his theory for dealing with Hitler. He was wrong and history proved it. You cannot be conciliatory when dealing with a bully. I have had personal experience with dealing with many bullies when in school and in the military. The only thing they respect is force, not turning the other cheek,. I agree apathy will not get us anywhere. But the zeitgeist needs to change. How is the question? I do not see a path in your ideas.

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    1. First, thankyou for reading, engaging and taking the time to comment – I really appreciate it.
      Where do you think I suggest being conciliatory? And do you really think that: engaging more people, and working hard to educate, and bridge divisions are weak solutions?
      I would argue that your idea of using ‘greater force’ as your blanket solution to any issue that involves bullying is much closer to Hitler’s political theory than the solutions presented in this article. If you only have a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
      Thanks again for stopping by, I wish you well,
      – J

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      1. I don’t think using force to defend oneself is Hitlerism. No one said blanket solution. I said he is a bully and that requires the use of force. I did not say “only” force. Engaging people, working hard to educate, bridge divisions are Utopian ideals. A vision without a plan is only a dream. You need to be specific instead of offering only bromides. I have been educating people since 1976. I have been a progressive since then as well. Trumpism is a new current on the American political scene and it will require new solutions. He is a real danger to democracy and has been underestimated the entire campaign. Which is exactly what the world did with Hitler. No one steps in the same water twice but there are many similarities and as Santayana said “Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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        1. I agree with much of what you say – I do not think our points of view are so far apart.
          It seems to me that far from being ‘utopian ideals’, engaging people, working to educate, and bridging divisions are parts of a constant work effort that much of the good work in the world today springs from. They are eminently practical approaches that tend towards longer lasting solutions than the deployment of arms.
          That said, I also agree that, sometimes, bullies must be dealt with using force.
          I am curious, how is it that you plan to accomplish that in the case of Trump? As you say, a vision without a plan is just a dream.
          What is your plan?
          I appreciate you stopping by, and welcome the discussion.
          Have a good one,
          – J


            1. Well, I wish you all the strength and tenacity in the world.
              We are in need of real solutions right now.
              And take heart, no one situation is wholly bad. There will be some good that will come of this.
              Best of luck to you,
              – J


  5. Thanks for writing, James. This is a hard day for all fair-minded, decent Americans, and an especially hard day for American women, as misogyny obviously played a big part in such an irrational, hate-filled choice. But you are correct in noting the larger implications for citizens of the world.

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        1. Hey there,
          No worries at all – I don’t mind. I think my site removes links from the body of comments tho, so you may want to check to see it’s still there. Regardless, your link is shown next to the comment, so all is not lost ;-)
          You are very sweet to reach out about it tho. Big hug,
          – J


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