In one significant and unprecedented election, America’s foreseeable future was decided in an amazing way when Donald Trump was elected as the new president of the United States.
The voters elected him in one of the most cantankerous and rancorous political campaigns in modern American history. The stakes were high and the issues numerous and complex. The results were totally unexpected.
As the new president of the United States, Trump will be facing difficult challenges at home and perilous situations throughout the world. He will need challenging, demanding, and diverse solutions. The solutions presented by the major presidential candidates were very dissimilar and emanated from totally different political philosophies and career backgrounds.
Perhaps the last presidential candidate attempting to jump from businessman to President was Wendell Willkie in 1940. This year, the difference was again stark: a businessman versus a career politician. The choice American voters had to make was tremendous. While the Clinton cabal has been effectively operating in the United States for over 30 years, the demographics and culture of America have changed distinctly and rapidly. The nation is extremely divided: divided by political philosophy, economic status, race, and religious convictions. This nation needs to better assimilate the changing factors in our national politics. This year’s presidential election will impact the direction of the nation throughout the 21st century and, perhaps, well beyond.
National security is another essential issue that did not receive adequate attention by either candidate in the presidential election. ISIS remains a threat abroad and has reached our homeland on several occasions. The attacks in this country have spread fear and angst. The “angst” factor has been neither thoroughly measured nor totally understood. With no definitive direction or adequate plan to defeat ISIS in the Middle East, Africa and, ultimately, in this nation, America’s future will definitely be affected by the new president’s decisions and the response of the American electorate. The issue of terror (ISIS), and the need for a more robust economy were perhaps the two most pervasive and serious matters facing this country and the new president. America’s anemic growth and GDP must be improved in order for the nation to experience the progress needed to assure our leadership position in the international global economy.
There were dire predictions from both major presidential campaigns of the havoc that would be wreaked after the election. Of course, these predictions may not be factual. It is a fact that the divisions in America are deep and serious. The new president will have to prove he can effectively resolve these divisions.
However, the United States has proven it is a most resilient nation which has met many challenges in its over 200-year history. It is still the nation to which people risk their lives to gain entry.
In the 1860s, Alexis de Tocqueville, author of Democracy in America, wrote that, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”
Make no mistake: America is still a great nation. This country is still the envy of the rest of the world in terms of military might, economic opportunity, agricultural innovation and production, and technological advancement.
The challenge for America is to retain and expand these significant attributes. These issues were key components of the presidential election of 2016. Our future economic and civic life will be under new leadership with a new Congress to determine our laws. The future of the nation will be in new and different hands with the trajectory having been determined by the votes of American citizens.
Voting is a central tenet of our democracy. It determines the future of our nation and its people. Men and women have died, and continue to die, to ensure this right for all Americans.
It is the obligation of all citizens to exercise their right to vote. In many ways, the future of our nation and our democracy has now been determined by the 2016 election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
This statement in not simply rhetoric. More than ever, this year, it is a fact.