Opponents of the other candidate screamed of his gross inexperience, dangerous racist and sexist diatribes, lack of morality in his discourse, and plans to enact policies that would set us back 50 years. Never in my lifetime has there been a time in which it was more challenging to act with grace against the machine.
The political stronghold in this nation has long been called “a machine”. It seems to many an impenetrable world, and one in which our national values and expectations are to be reflected and enforced. For as long as I can remember, this machine has been devoid of the values we want our children to develop, embodying greed and corruption and promotion of personal agenda instead, sometimes with dark and unspeakable consequences. “He's such a politician” – a phrase that many parents use, tongue-in-cheek, when their child is less than honest, connives to get what he or she wants, or plays two ends against the middle.
So with this general disenchantment with our political class having woven itself into the fabric of our society, many are pleased with the election and believe we needed to change by any means necessary, even if extreme. Still others are enraged, defeated, afraid – unaware of what to tell their children when the soon-to-be leader of their country projects the opposite of the tolerance and grace that they wish to instill in their children. To whom can we look for moral leadership if not to our President?
To you. To me. To every mommy and daddy across this nation. In this world. It starts at home. So how will you act against the machine? Will you act with grace or rage? Your children are watching you much more than anyone else. And many, many, many more times than not, they will do as you do.