As the political pundits weigh in on the many sociological and ideological factors that contributed to Donald Trump’s stunning victory, allow me to weigh in on the spiritual side of things. I believe Trump has been elected president by divine intervention. I’m aware, of course, that some people believe that everything happens by the will of God, which means that whoever wins the presidency wins by God’s express will. Yet there are times when there are so many odds against something happening, when it so greatly defies logic, that it is easier to recognize God’s involvement.
Now that the 18 months campaign ordeal is over, the election settled, the vitriol calmed (for most of us) and the adrenaline stilled, how do we handle the inevitable tense conversations with friends and families over the incredibly divisive election season and outcome? The ballots may be cast and counted, but neighbors are still scared, parents still angry, co-workers still frustrated, friends still frightened. Those who supported Hillary Clinton did not wake up happy Wednesday morning. They are suffering. Here are a few Facebook posts from Clinton supporters on The Asbury Park Press page:
The other day on the highway I had to jerk the wheel to avoid a semi-truck that was sliding into my lane. I was grateful there wasn’t a ditch there. Swerving can get you in trouble. America swerved yesterday. We avoided the moral and political catastrophe of a Hillary Clinton presidency. We don’t know yet what we’ve swerved into. It has always been more important (in my mind) to defeat Clinton than to elect Trump — even though the two events were so tightly linked. We avoided the most obvious disaster for which I’m very grateful. But I’m well aware that half of America thinks we drove the country down a ravine. Canada’s immigration website crashed about 10:30 p.m. on election night, and as I write this on Wednesday morning it’s responding only intermittently. Coincidence? I’d have to be convinced.
Several weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted a comment about the use of the word “libtard.” She rightly said we shouldn’t call names, even in a passionate political debate — particularly names that denigrate certain groups. She went on to say that, in her experience, that sort of name calling came mostly from conservatives. She couldn’t think of an equivalent term progressives wielded in the opposite direction. I was quick to respond, not because I disagreed with her point, but because I knew exactly the equivalent term progressives used against conservatives. The “-phobe” words. Like “homophobia” and “Islamaphobia.”
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