This column is unusually long, but bear with me. I too am an American.
The election is over and the American people have spoken. Yet many people rebel over that part of our democracy that is the foundation of our hard-fought freedom. Millions of Americans have fought for that foundation and many never came back to savor what they paid the ultimate price for.
We have reached an historic crossroads in this nation’s history. The people have decided that the present political environment does not suit them and we have had the opportunity to either change it or stay the course.
We live in a free society where every American has the right to speak up and be heard. This tolerant society does not imprison free speech. There are no death squads or kill lists distributed after our elections. This is America, the land that brought millions of people from all across the world to live in freedom and choose the life they wanted to live.
This columnist has had his share of political emails throughout this campaign from Trump supporters and those of Hillary Clinton. I have seen pro-Gary Johnson emails and those of Jill Stein. Before the conventions, I saw emails for Bernie and Marco, Ted and Jeb. Americans advocating their ideas and hopes for this country.
Today, I received the email seen below. Yes, I am on Hillary’s list of possible contributors to her campaign and that is fine. I am an American and I have read all the emails I receive. I like some and dislike others.
But had Donald Trump lost, as in Barack Obama’s two election victories, my life would go on even if I was greatly disappointed. I would not have hit the streets vandalizing small business owners’ property, or promote violence and fear. No, my life would continue as it should for those whose candidate lost democratically.
Read the letter of regret from Hillary’s campaign manager below and think hard about what he conveys to Hillary’s supporters:
Thank you, Dwight.
Thank you for being a part of this campaign. We didn’t get the result we wanted, and of course we will always regret that. But when everything we believe in was on the line, we stood up and battled and gave it our all. I take great pride in that. I hope you do, too.
If you’re still hurting today, that’s ok. You’re not alone. And no doubt there are many difficult days ahead for our country and the world.
But I want to talk about where we go from here, because there has never been more work to do. The people we fought for in this election – working people looking for a better job or a fair wage; immigrant families who deserve to be treated with dignity; women who should have the right to make their own health decisions; Muslims who need to know that America has a place for them; little girls and boys who should know that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up – have never needed us more. They were dealt a setback on Tuesday. But the only way we lose these fights over the long term is if people like us get discouraged, instead of getting back to work.
The dust is still settling from Tuesday’s election, and we don’t have all the answers yet.
But for now, here are a few things to consider:
- Run for office. If we’ve learned anything from our candidate, it’s that the best way to make change is simply to go out and do it. Get involved in a local or municipal race, whatever it takes to be that change you want to see in your community.
- Get involved in your community in other ways. Join a board, help plan community days, volunteer with local progressive groups.
- Fight for Democrats. Democrats across the country need your support now more than ever. They need your votes, if you live in their districts, but they also need your time and your resources to keep going.
- Support women and girls. Reach out to the women and girls in your family and other circles and let them know that you value and support them. Ask them what their dreams are — then help them get there however you can.
- Promote love and kindness where you live. Hillary has lived her life with the words “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can” — and it’s up to us to carry on her work in our communities.
This isn’t the end. Hillary has shown us every single day: The measure of a person is not whether you get knocked down but whether you get back up. As she said on Wednesday, “Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.”
With deepest gratitude,
Hillary for America
Paid for by Hillary for America.
I thought about what Mook wrote and had my own version of what he should have said. No, I have no anger at Mook’s subliminal message, but my version of the truth is just as fair as his. I am an American with the God-given right to say the following rewrite:
Here is my version of Mook’s letter:
Thank you, the new voice for all three-year-old infants who should act like Americans,
Thank you for being a part of this unorganized, screwed-from-the-beginning campaign. We didn’t get the result we wanted after Hillary’s corruptness and trustworthiness made the whole mess an election that will wake all of us up screaming. Of course we will always be childishly angry about that. But when everything we believe in was on the line, we completely let you down with the worst possible candidate we could muster. The one candidate we could manipulate and blackmail to stay a part of the corruptness the Washington establishment and biased media could produce.
If you’re still hurting today, that’s ok. Like Kanye West, Alec Baldwin and THE Reverend Al Not-So-Sharpton, we have arranged for your passage on illegal contributions to the Clinton Foundation, to fly with us to Hillary’s new post as Ambassador to Libya. A gesture from Donald Trump that is the olive branch needed to heal our childish actions since we lost fair and square under a democracy we have tried to destroy.
The people we fought for in this election were actually the deplorable hard and honest citizens Hillary mistook for robotic, sheep-like Americans. No, they have saved this great republic. Working people can now look to a man who truly understands them and will never mistake them for vanilla votes like Hillary counted on from African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, LGBT’s, on and on. No, they did not put Americans into classifications, they said we are all Americans.
Now people of this country can look for a better job or a fair wage; immigrant families who deserve to be treated with dignity; women who scorn the “fit one size” logic, make their own health decisions; Muslims who need to know that America will welcome those who love this country and will acclimate to our customs, language and the fact we are the greatest nation the world has ever seen. Now little girls and boys should know that they can be anything they want can be when they grow up. They found a leader who will actually produce substance and not idle promises.
The dust is still settling from Tuesday’s election, and we have lost. Riots, anger, finger-pointing, threats and violence are not the answer. If you truly love this country, you respect the will of the people and the Constitution that is our eternal guide to a better country and world.
But for now, here are a few things to consider:
- Run for office. If we’ve learned anything from our candidate, it is this: do not bilk the American people, don’t make hundreds of millions from corrupt organizations or speeches where you are one person to the elites and another to your voting citizens. The best way to make change is simply to go out and do it. Get involved in a local or municipal race, whatever it takes to be a part of the solution and not be a problem yourself. Stop depending on working Americans to subsidize your life while you scorn the very hands that feed you.
- Get involved in your community in other ways. Join a board, help plan community days, volunteer with local organizations that want to build, rather than divide the country against itself, which is what we have had the last eight-years.
- Fight for Democracy. Americans across the country need your support, not your police-hatred, looting your fellow citizen’s property and masked insurrection.
- Support women and girls. Reach out to the women and girls and don’t attempt to divide this majority of our great country’s population with anger towards your perceived foes and categorizing every single ethnic group until we look like the old Yugoslavia.
- Promote love and kindness where you live. Hillary has lived her adult life living off the public trough making millions of dollars and never holding a private sector job, meeting a payroll, hiring even one person for a small business she has never had or actually built something in this world. Yet, through only a government check her entire “career,” she is worth more money than you will make in a hundred lifetimes. With her message of “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can,” try to forget the source it comes from who has severely crippled our foreign policy, made the world more dangerous, lied to Congress, lied to the FBI, lied to the American people and lied about her intentions, propagated by the corporations and foundation contributors who own her very soul.
This isn’t the end of the tyranny. Hillary has shown us every single day: “The measure of a person is not whether you are an American;” she says tongue-in-cheek. From her own actions, this hypocrisy, “Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary and lose heart, for there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.” The people of this great nation have tried your way Hillary, and the final answer is NO!
If this woman had just once leveled with those very Americans, she might have slithered into the White House, God forbid. For all of your crying over spilled milk, I say, “Get a life. This is not a dictatorship and whatever you may think, we are a free people that you should cherish and not stand back like a child and scream for getting your own way. Stop being what you accuse all others who disagree with you; stop being intolerant of the will of the people. This is not some third world nightmare.”
With deepest gratitude,
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr.
Proud and free American for America
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