A few thoughts on the national election

Never before have election results left me this uneasy. In Donald Trump we have a president who represents so many things that are the antithesis of what we would teach anyone to be.

He has publicly shown or made statement that are homophobic, misogynistic, racist and anti-immigrant.

Just as frightening is that he appears to be saying things in public that many apparently are saying in private. The polls showed Trump trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton, yet Trump swept the swing states. The only thing that leaves one to consider is that voters were not being honest with pollsters.

It reminded me of local Republican candidates Ken Vogel, Steve Lopez and Alan Nakanishi, In an interview with The Record Editorial Board, Vogel only after being pressed said he would reluctantly support “the Republican nominee.” Both Lopez and Nakanishi refused to say who they would vote for, despite seeking positions to serve the public.

Obviously they did not want to be too closely connected to someone who behaved as Trump did. If elected, would you want to know that your representative thought less of you because of your ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation?

They of course did not want you to know because they would cost them votes. And obviously many in our community, locally and nationally did not want us to know because of how that would reflect on them, if Trump lost.

Now that he has been declared the winner, many have come out of their closet, crowing about how America is going to change its path back to the good old days.

The way I recall that period, segregation was law in southern states, the glass ceiling for women was about five feet high and immigrants were granted third tier status.

Something is not right when you have kids in tears and classroom discussions to try to calm students down because of fear of the President-elect

I’ll have more on this in my column coming Sunday.

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