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.

Love.


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182 thoughts on “ Hatred Cannot Be Our Answer… ”

    1. I agree, the process IS as important as the results.
      This is why I am leary at the idea of using force as a first option.
      Thanks again for stopping by, have a good one, keep fighting the good fight,
      – J

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  1. The deep need for both election reform, and for cultivating listening and cooperation skills has never been more apparent. This election speaks greatly to the immense pain that is motivating our choices. I am struggling to not be overcome by my fears, that someone with such a message of hate has been given such power.

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  2. darker? or more illuminated? This vote has been a vote of no confidence in our government and its establishment. I can’t believe that it is a vote for a person seen as presidential material; i would not put down the all the people who take pride in our country and cast their vote by assuming that.
    And so I agree with you that now we must all take our part in being actively engaged in governing our country and supporting it.

    Holly

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    1. It seems that way doesn’t it?
      I would not put those people down either. And am glad we are in agreement about becoming more engaged in the process.
      Thanks for stopping by, and taking the time to comment. It means a lot to me,
      Best wishes,
      – J

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  3. I volunteered for him; I voted for him; I’m relieved he won. Trump is a serious, competent, strong person. He wants industry to succeed, and, for that, I’m glad; all our jobs have been previously outsourced, and I want them back, because I desperately need one, as do too many of us!). Illegals have helped to break our healthcare systen; Obamacare is socialized and penalizes the working poor — the destitute DO NOT get subsidies for it, unless they have a child. I am devastated by that, since I responsibly never had children (a life regret, as I now cannot). I have no job. I guess I’m kinda effed about this tumor on my forhead, at present. Not all states want to be saddled with these costs, which aren’t affordable, so they haven’t expanded Medicaid, which would allow for childless people to have healthcare. Obamacare needs to be repealed. Maybe Medicaid should be expanded… Oh, plus I may be fined by the IRS for no healthcare I can’t afford. I can’t afford the fine with no job. So, now I’ll be a criminal? Trump loves Israel and recognizes Jerusalem as its capital, planning to move the Embassy there. While the Muslims and the world choose to stand on the side of the Jihadists against the Jews, as a freedom-loving person who champions democracy versus tyranny, I oppose, fight, and expose the falsity of the unity stance and the “nice-guy” rhetoric which is hijacked by globalist-minded entities, especially those requiring a Caliphate with world domination. Therefore, I choose applying enforcement of the laws governing American sovereignty at our borders… Come in legally; you’re more than welcome. But wait your turn behind others who applied before you. A truck full of likely illegal immigrants rode illegally down the shoulder of the road, fishtailing in the slick, rain-wettened road right into my Mom’s new car she was having me drive (many years ago). I missed my job interview across the road from the accident; they never appeared in court…. I wonder why? So, insirance has to eat the costs, and our premiums go up. Meanwhile, the US and the rest of the world was only too happy to deny entry to their countries to Jews (they knew eere) escaping Nazi Germany, returning them to their deaths. No, James. You cannot placate a murderous band of brigands; there will always be differing viewpoints as to who represents the “good guys”. And you know what? I think I stand on the right side of this argument, regardless how the anti-Semitic world chooses to castigate me and my brothers, “Israel”. So, it is not religion, per se, that creates the problem. Evil exists among deists, polytheists, and atheists, alike. I just can no longer be the “nice guy” to go down without what’s left of me to fight this pernicious evil, in order to keep the pacifists and softies free to strew confetti and platitudes about a construct of reality which cannot and does not exist. Nevertheless, I love and admire the gentlemanliness and sincerity of the thought and the person behind it. :)

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    1. Hey there,
      First off, thanks for reading this, and for taking the time to leave such an in depth comment.
      I respect the passion of your commitment to your cause, and also the fact that you’ve obviously engaged in a hard-run political campaign.
      I understand the reasons people chose Trump, and the vote has spoken, so the proof will be in the pudding so to speak.
      Let us see what he does. I would be grateful if you kept in touch and told me whether he is living up to your expectations or not.
      Thanks again for stopping by, even tho our opinions differ, I welcome the discussion gladly.
      Be well,
      – J

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      1. Per Wikipedia.org:

        Trump’s Education:
        Kew-Forest School (Private)
        New York Military Academy (Private)
        Fordham University
        Wharton School of Finance and Commerce (B.S. in Economics)

        His father was German; his mother was Scottish. His Uncle, John G. Trump, was a professor for more than 3 decades at MIT, and was involved in radar research for the Allies in World War II. His Uncle was requested by the FBI to examine Nikola Tesla’s effects, upon his death.

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          1. This was provided for your commenters’ benefits; Williamleeone, in particular, wanted to see “some small hint of education…”, and you responded to him. This is just a factual listing of his education. I’ve already gone over Hillary’s “life experiences” in my November 1st article, Look Before You Vote. It’s interesting that Hillary once was a Republican, and Trump once was a
            Democrat. I switched, too. There are too many problems and the pedestal of my expectations are too high, because we’ve fallen so far. All we can do is hope for the best and wait and see. I hope that his business experiences will give him a more realistic world viewpoint where he can work and negotiate with others.

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            1. Hey there,
              High expectations are no bad thing my friend. You are right that, now, we need to wait and see.
              I hope that too, truly. I would be very happy to be proven wrong on this issue.
              Thanks again for your input and willingness to discuss. Have a good one,
              – J

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              1. Thanks, James. Believe me, I hope to be proven right! I don’t normally do this, but I’d like to promote the piece called “Ashes,” by poet Robert Okaji, at the website of his same name. It’s about grief, his mother, and has a very melancholic feel. His response to a commenter relays the message he found fitting for the moment. Grief needs to be expressed and not bottled, so I hope you’ll all give it a look. I think it’s beautiful; it’s my new favorite. Since your site doesn’t accept links, I’ll write it out funky, for you to piece back together. It’s posted at today’s date, I believe. Ashes. Hope you like it.

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    1. Thankyou very much, both for reading this, and for sharing it – which I massively appreciate!
      Yes, I am hearing from a great many folk who are having a hard time of it. It is a strange day in the world but, we are still alive.
      This, if nothing else, is some cause for hope.
      Have a great one, enjoy your visit, and Thanks again,
      – J

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  4. Hi James,

    Thank you for your post. I didn’t want Donald to be elected for a plethora of reasons which are too long to articulate here. One of them however is his disbelief in climate change. This is a man who has problems with the “aesthetics” of wind turbines. I cried for myself as I have fought and worked hard on environmental issues to the point of exhaustion at times (alongside millions of people). I cried for my child who has inherited a world which needed a Western leader who recognises the significance of what’s at stake. I cried for the injustice of someone gaining power by capitalising on and creating divisive fear. Thank you for your thoughtful and stoic words which I will carry with me today and share with others.

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    1. Hey there,
      Thankyou for reading it, it means a lot to me. I did not want him elected either, but this is now what is in front of us.
      I am hearing from a lot of people who feel as you do. You are not alone.
      I am sorry that you cried. Let’s use this. Let’s use it and make things better.
      Are you with me? ;-)
      Lastly, thankyou for sharing this. It means a lot, and I really want as many people as possible to read this, so every single share is massively appreciated.
      Stay strong, big hug, all the love,
      – J

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  5. Thank you for this post, James. I agree with you, that it is a sad day, but now we need to get the best out of it anyway. Fear is born in many places in our world today. Thoughts as WWII etc. Education is the way and many are in lack of this, which the result show so clearly.

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  6. “…our collective failure as citizens of the world.” Each person on Earth now has a chance to find their own voice. Some walls must be torn down in order to rebuild–but now the stakes on rebuilding better, stronger, wiser than before are very high because the walls can no longer be made with bricks or stones. That is our challenge. Boundaries that are built around love need new and different materials. Boundaries that allow for love and prevent fear probably should be made out of the metaphor of microlattice. Boeing, the company of “flight” developed this material. Let’s get it into our poetry, our fiction, our lives. Love to you, dear James, and thank you.

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  7. Great write up James, It is kind of hard to swallow and I, like many other’s did not want DT to become president but I have to say that given the choice I would have picked him over HC. My own views, and it’s only that she has has such terrible idea’s in regards to Abortion. However that said my gut feeling is that although DT has looked everyone in the eye and said that he does not want certain people in the States I do feel he may just surprise us all. Like you say we have to ALL work together to resolve the issue’s that we may or may not face.

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