#notmypresident is wrong

One of the forms of protest that I’ve seen has been #notmypresident.
That is totally and completely wrong.

I was not a fan of either candidates during the election, and was shocked and dismayed at the outcome.  I dislike practically every aspect of him — his attitude, his policies, his campaign, his political knowledge, his crassness.  But despite this, there is no way I can tolerate a protest like #notmypresident. I may not like it, but he IS our president (or will be in January).

Our democracy is built on the election of our representatives, including the President, by the people. I may disagree with the direction of the people, I may think they have made a terrible mistake, but I have to live the decision.  Those who would scream that he is not their president, especially since there was no hanging-chad basis for claiming somehow that the results were wrong, are no better than he who would claim a rigged and stolen election before it even started.

When we fail to follow the legitimate outcome, we destroy the democracy we profess to want.  We end up in unstructured governmental anarchy, or as we have recently seen, gridlock.  That has been the result during the last 8 years, a self-serving gridlock generated by those who raised every conceivable contrivance and slanderous falsehood to deny the legitimacy of the President.  The end result has been a total loss of civility in the political arena, and inability to cooperate to the point that just before the election the Republican party was not even able to govern itself (a condition I suspect will continue going forward).  We cannot afford to continue this trend, to sow such seeds of discourse and destruction into the country.

If you want a rallying cry, find another one.  They should be easy to create and popularize.

#notmypolicies

#notmyvalues

#nomoreracism

I do not agree with Trump’s platform.  I did not vote for him.  However, he was legitimately elected; he IS our president. The “rules”of America are that the outcome of fair elections are observed and respected.  If you can’t live with that until the next election, go to another country.

Or stay and engage in legitimate, loyal opposition, and use the role of loyal opposition to ensure that all perspectives are heard, all rights observed, all people valued.  But don’t make the matter worse by saying he isn’t our President.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by hmunro on November 13, 2016 at 1:19 am

    BRAVO! Well said, Jeff. Although I’ve been trying not tell others how they should feel or react, this response has been bothering me too. It’s fine to disagree with an elected official’s policies — and it’s our Constitutional right to voice our dissent. But if we start supporting only the election outcomes we agree with, we will indeed destroy our democracy. So I’m with you in focusing my energy on the positive outcomes *i* would like to see. And for me, #nomoreracism is a fine place to start.

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