Acceptance of the person as the President does not mean
- That I will be silent and acquiesce to what I disagree with,
- That I will not actively protest against what I find offensive to my values and the values of democracy and freedom, or that
- I pray for him to fail, except at those things which will harm our nation.
Acceptance of Mr. Trump as President means
- that he was elected and I am willing to maintain my peaceful opposition to him and policies that I will work to change if I feel they are harmful.
It means that, as I have done with every President I have lived under in my 68 years, I will pray that he IS successful at
- keeping America great,
- restoring that which may need restoring,
- supporting the least and the lost whether they be in poverty or forgotten middle-class workers, and
- that peace may reign thanks to our stance as a country to be fair to all.
Do not tell me to "Get over it!" Yet,
- I am always willing to discuss and civilly debate the issues.
- I am willing to listen to reasoned arguments.
- I will not denigrate those who voted for him.
- I will maintain my acceptance of the peaceful transfer of power that we celebrated today.
I continue to wrestle with the dark night of the soul and will post the next installment of that series in the next few days. For today, I know that these may be difficult days ahead for many people. I have still not come to terms with what this can mean. As an American citizen, I rejoice in the peaceful election process. I hope we do not learn of more problems with the election than what we have already heard.
For today, I go to bed with a sense of
- weariness over the divisions,
- compassion for those who lives may be made more difficult by the actions of the new administration, and
- hope that we will discover ways to work together as the country we claim to be.