But for now, I choose to put my trust in our political institutions, which have stood us in good stead for well over two hundred years.
And I take comfort in what President-elect Trump said in his victory speech last night. After a bitter and divisive campaign which often seemed to bring out the worst in all of us, Trump called for something better.
Instead of threatening to imprison Secretary Clinton, he said: “Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.” That is encouraging.
Instead of fanning the flames of political partisanship, he said, “Now it is time for America to bind the wounds of division, [we] have to get together. To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be President for all of Americans, and this is so important to me. For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, … I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
Instead of fanning the flames of bigotry and xenophobia, he said, “[Ours] is a movement comprised of Americans from all races, religions, backgrounds, and beliefs, who want and expect our government to serve the people -- and serve the people it will.”
It was an ugly campaign. But Trump claimed that he has grown and matured. If his acceptance speech is an accurate reflection of the man he now is, our future may be brighter than it seems right now to many Americans. My prayer is that it is. Only time will tell.