Putting country first

William T. Robinson, Jr.

We have arrived at a decision by the voters of this country in what is probably one of the most contentious presidential elections in our history. After the settling of the dust, the winner is the Biden-Harris ticket, a fact that we must all come to terms with regardless of sour grapes, especially if you voted otherwise. While President-elect Biden received more votes than any president in the history of this country, we cannot dismiss that his opponent Trump received a hefty amount of votes suggesting there is an undeniable division in this country’s voters. There exists a rift that if not handled with diplomacy and considerable thought, could only serve to drive a larger wedge in the citizens of this country.

The transition of power is made more difficult with Trump’s refusal to concede and recognize Biden as the duly elected president of these United States of America. Trump is adamant in claiming he has been cheated and claiming voter irregularities and seeking voter investigation and recounts in many states, although his allegations are unsubstantiated. He has no proof. Even if these alleged charges are investigated and entertained in the states he questions, it would not give him enough electoral college votes to win at this point. His refusal to concede (claiming he is the real winner) will only prove to fuel and rile many of his most volatile and staunchest supporters. They will stand by awaiting his orders. This is unsettling. Many people have deemed him more important than the best interests of this country. We should be about trying to come together as a nation.

Many of Trump’s cult-like followers are unwilling to adhere to facts, reality, or common sense. They dub anything their ‘leader’ disagrees with as vilifying or demonizing. It is simply ‘fake news.’ One must acknowledge that the biggest problem now is not Donald Trump. It is those who continue to look at him as their leader regardless of the facts presented: he lost the election. If your candidate doesn’t win, being upset is understandable. But you are expected to move forward and try to support and give the designated winner a chance. It is only fair. If nothing else, try to be cordial and civil and manifest the principles of respect and tolerance we were taught so persistently growing up.

What does it look like when we show our children it is okay to raise hell and remain unrelenting when you lose? This belligerent attitude and practice makes a mockery of peaceful resolution. It’s got to stop being about you and your own selfish motives. It should be about considering what is in the best interests of all—even if it hurts you personally.

All registered voters were allowed to exercise their vote for their candidates. They must accept the verdict good, bad or indifferent in the end. That’s the way it has always been and will be. Remember the adage ‘You win some and you lose some in the game of life.’ Sadly, many don’t expect Trump to do the right thing. He will appeal to those in his base instead of advocating for our democratic principles. Many don’t expect him to do the right thing and put the country first.

It is not the time for the two major political parties to bash each other and spend precious time fault finding. It is time to find some common ground to amend our feelings going forward. Reality dictates that Joe Biden will be our president regardless of how you may feel. Entertaining Trump’s temper tantrums only takes away from dealing with more pressing issues, such as the COVID-19 epidemic.

I personally feel the answer in reconciling as a nation can be found in the power of prayer, asking God to help bring us closer together. This is a prayer I would ask of all Americans, regardless of their religious affiliation—whether it is Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. It can’t be just about you. Whether you accept it or not, we are all intertwined and what affects one affects us all. All elected officials (whether Democrat or Republican) should uphold the legitimacy of our democratic election process. Otherwise, we set ourselves up to question the legitimacy of any elected official with dubious unfounded claims hindering or negating our democratic principles.