Beyond the Pale

By Terri Sloan

I realize I’m a little behind the times, but it hit me yesterday like a ton of bricks. Hillary Clinton did not win the election last week. We are seriously going to have to walk this thing out with Donald Trump at the helm. Kellyanne Conway is still on the TV twenty-four hours a day spinning her spin, and we are going to have four more years of non-stop Trump coverage. Like it or not, it appears the fox Steve Bannon is going to be running the hen house. We are beyond the pale.

I think I’ve been in shock. I want it all to go away. But I’m a peacekeeper at heart.

I wish things hadn’t turned out the way they did. But they did. Despite the fact that Trump is an inexperienced and unlikable man, he’s the President-Elect. Regardless of how folks feel about the Electoral College vs popular vote, Trump is the President-Elect.

It would seem that Trump was elected by the crazies. The rednecks. The ignorant. The disenfranchised. The angry. But that’s not it. Leastwise, that’s not all of it.

The truth is, many of us in the #neverTrump camp are old school Republicans. And there are certain beliefs of the Republican party which are nonnegotiable when Republicans consider the possibility of voting Democrat.  And those were our choices, weren’t they? Trump. Liberal Democrat. Or the third party with no chance of winning.

I refuse to live in the margins of the extreme. I want to understand how the other side sees this thing. So I asked some of my Trump supporting friends, WHY? Why did you vote for this man? What do you think he will accomplish in office?

Here are the some of the reasons why reasonable folks chose Trump:

  • He’s not a politician. He hasn’t been in Washington his whole life moving his way up the ladder. He’s not politically correct. He doesn’t care about his party.
  • He supports freedom of religion (as long as it’s peaceful).
  • He will create more jobs.
  • He cares about our security as a nation. He is ruthless and a good leader needs to sometimes be ruthless, not always only merciful. Most of the world’s leaders take advantage of our country and don’t really take us seriously. And because other countries take advantage of us, it’s hurting our economy. He will force those countries that take advantage of us to respect us. America is not the savior of the world and people in Washington need to realize that.
  • He will keep big government in check.
  • He will repeal Obamacare.
  • And of course, he’s going to reverse Roe v Wade.

As a long time and former Republican, I can understand and respect these points of view.

So, fellow #neverTrump Republicans and former Republicans turned third party, I invite you to look at the bright side. You don’t have a Democrat running things.  With a Republican Congress, maybe Trump will actually get something done.  There’s always a silver lining.  Whether we like Trump or not, and I definitely still do not, at least he’s supposedly on the side of the Republicans.

One final thought:

If Trump fails, America fails. Let’s not wish for him to fail.

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