Remember when I said I would stop talking about politics after Nov. 8? Well … yeah.
The election is still a bit on the forefront of people’s minds. And it may stay that way for another four years.
I’m not trying to be the voice of reason. I’m not pretending that I am more lucid on this subject than most other people. But what I am trying to do is think about what’s happening from a sensible perspective.
Because in the aftermath of this contentious and divisive election, I feel like that is something missing in the conversation: sense. People are so angry and so emotional that they are speaking from their heart and not from their brain.
“Not my president” is the common calling card among protesters and dissenters. Well, guess what? He is your president. Unless you relinquish your citizenship and take refuge in another country, then Donald Trump is the legitimate leader of the country that you live in. And we must all deal it. It might take a while, but that process begins with sensible conversation.
And yet, at the same time, it boggles my mind that people fail to understand why others are so unhappy with the result. Donald Trump denigrated various minority groups for a year and a half. He emboldened people who previously hid their hatred to lay it out in the open. So how can people be so blind to not realize that our nation’s most vulnerable residents feel threatened?
Perspective is needed on both sides.
My recent travels have taken me to North Carolina and Florida in the past 10 days — two states that, had either of them voted differently, we may be talking about President Hillary Clinton right now.
Well, after spending some time down there, I’m happy to report one central conclusion — America is still America.
People were not waving confederate flags in the streets. There were no people pledging allegiance to a giant mural of Donald Trump in a public square.
Rather, the two Republican-leaning states consisted of regular, everyday people, just like you and I.
For now, let’s just take this one day at a time. Work hard during the week, and enjoy your nights out over the weekend. We can all go a weekend without discussing politics, right?
Like Mike Pence, who on last Friday night decided to enjoy a performance of the universally-acclaimed Broadway show, Hamilton.
And then the encore happened.
I honestly don’t know why people are surprised. Hamilton reinterpreted American history to highlight the fundamental contributions that immigrants have made on this country. So when the show hosted the vice president-elect whose legislative record has not shown support towards women, minorities or members of the LGBT community, and who is part of an administration that’s boasted widely anti-immigrant sentiment, how could they stay silent?
Their message was cordial and compassionate; pleading yet respectful. And eloquent.
It was the furthest thing from harassment — as our president-elect stated — and was spoken on behalf of immigrants across the nation.
I am not a big fan of the theater. But even I know that Broadway is a beacon of expression. It’s the world’s epicenter for the arts. It’s where our most animated and theatrical souls unite to emote and to vocalize.
If not in that location, at that play, then where else do we tell this administration that we expect equal and fair treatment for all of our residents?
And if people want to boycott the show, then be my guest.
Maybe a dude can finally score some tickets after all.