The election is over and we all knew that, regardless of the outcome, about half the country would end up discouraged and upset. That's one...and probably the only...prediction that actually came true. Here we are though, and as for me, well there are really three things that are important:
1. That those who now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act continue to have some kind of medical coverage going forward. This one is personal for me, as I have a brother who wouldn't otherwise have healthcare coverage if it wasn't for the ACA (he works, but his employer doesn't provide coverage). Whatever the Republicans in Congress and President-Elect Trump have in mind, it shouldn't leave these folks out in the cold. Period.
2. That the LGBT community retains all of the human rights...they...and we all...deserve. When the basic right to purse happiness, through marriage for example, is denied to one of us we are all diminished.
3. That the days of the back-alley abortion never return. I don't "like" abortion and I dislike the notion that the government can reach into women's bodies and make healthcare decisions for them. That's big intrusive government at it's worst. Yes, religious objections to abortion should be respected, but they doesn't mean they should also be codified into law, forcing non-adherents to follow a set of beliefs for which they sincerely disagree. The pro-life movement needs to "win" the argument through persuasion, not coercion.
The above isn't intended to diminish the concerns of the Hispanic community, Muslims and others who certainly feel marginalized after the recent campaign. It's simply my top three.
Finally, I'll continue to always believe that the vast majority of people in this world are inherently good, Donald Trump and Mike Pence included. They deserve the opportunity to govern in a way that brings people together; whether or not they choose to do so is up to them. Regardless of party affiliation or philosophy, all of us have a responsibility in the weeks and months to come to hold them accountable for their actions.
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