Out with the old, in with the new

Judith Victoria Hensley - Plain Thoughts

I, along with millions of others, will be glad to see the safe transition from one president to the next. It seems to me that it is always a vulnerable time for our nation as the baton of power is handed off from one administration to another.

In all of my life, however, I never remember so much sniping back and forth between the parties after an election is OVER. Please people, grow up. It is done. It is finished. No matter who won or didn’t win, it is over! It is time to move on.

I’ve been praying for President Obama and his family as they leave the White House after eight years in power and leadership. I’m asking God to keep them safe and see them safely settled in their new lives. I’ve been praying for President-elect Donald Trump. I’m asking God to keep him and all of his family safe and bring him safely into the new presidency.

It seems to me that most of the outcry is based on sore losers who are dredging up every controversial thing they can find about the president elect and each individual member of his new cabinet. I remember when President Obama came into office. I expressed a concern that he did not have enough background experience to lead this nation. He didn’t have an extended track record of leadership in government to take away my concerns. I was called a bigot and was told that the only reason I had reservations about him was because he was black. That was the furthest thing from the truth. It was purely a commentary on his public record of politics and how little we had heard about him before he started running for the highest office in the land.

The same concerns might be expressed about Donald Trump. Although he was a high profile and successful business man known around the world, he has no exalted record of a political career to back him up, as we have grown used to seeing in former presidents. So, are the people who have vocally expressed concerns about him bigots? I don’t think so. We all have a right to be concerned about any man or woman who will hold the highest office in this land.

I think the best way to express those concerns is to support the winner once an election is over. We need to pray for those coming into power as much as those relinquishing power. Whomever a sitting president may be, whether we agree with everything they say and do or not, our well-being as a nation hugely depends on that person’s success.

Out of all the candidates running for this election, was he my first choice? No, he wasn’t. I don’t call him Saint Donald. But I will respectfully call him President Trump when he takes office. I will pray for God to grant him wisdom, good advisors, insights to the motivations of other world leaders who affect our nation, and safety for him and his family.

As much as I was concerned for the safety and well-being of President Obama and his family during their eight years in the White House, I will be concerned for the safety of President-elect Trump and his family. There are crazies all over the world who would seek to do our leaders harm. There were Obama haters and there are Trump haters.

Along with the change in leadership as we watch the old go out and the new come in, I hope that as citizens of this nation, we can let go of prejudices, disappointments, and personal agendas, making room to embrace positive changes and positive attitudes. The time for solidarity is at hand for every single person living in the USA. We may disagree with each other and speak our minds among ourselves, but in the world’s eyes, we had better stand together as one nation, under God, and indivisible; with liberty and justice for all.

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Judith Victoria Hensley

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