It was almost a week before Hillary Clinton addressed her supporters and expressed her sadness and disappointment in losing the presidential election to Donald Trump, our new elect-president.
Her envisioned goal, to become this countries first female president. She expressed her unhappiness to her supporters during the Children’s Defense Fund’s Gala on Wednesday by stating the following, “I will admit, coming here tonight wasn’t the easiest thing for me,” Clinton said. “There have been a few times this past week where all I wanted to do was curl up with a good book and our dogs and never leave the house again.” In her speech, Hillary, encouraged her supporters to always pick up the pieces and keep moving forward, to continue to fight to fight for what they believe in and value and for this great country. She referenced Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, who inspired Hillary Clinton to do the same.
It takes an enormous amount of courage to stand before the whole world and express genuine sorrow for losing a presidential election. She’s the only candidate since 1952, in television history, to ever say “I’m sorry” to her shocked and saddened voters during her concession speech following her defeat. This information was recently published by www.Fortune.com. “I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country,” “I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too,” is what Hillary Clinton expressed to her voters on Wednesday morning. Fortune.com also managed to add something interesting regarding an apology from Hillary Clinton.
It seems it is a major consensus among many in leadership positions, not only in politics but in every industry for that matter, that women are prone to always apologize first. This is even true when a woman is faced with something that was not entirely her fault. They also added, there’s a “Sorry Jar”, created by women with a main purpose of breaking the habit amongst other women who constantly find them apologizing. A small penalty of $1.00 is charged by co-workers to end the apology trend in the workplace among women. Interesting right? They also went on to say that men are usually reluctant to apologize, especially for small offenses. An “apologizing” coming from a man is something that weakens their characteristic. This is definitely a topic I will need to revisit in the future, but not at this time.
The feminist side of me has always dreamed of a woman representing this country instead of a man. I believe in equality, therefore an opportunity should also be available for a female just as much as for a male. Even with talks of women being emotionally unable to handle the pressing situation a male president is capable of, I still believed in this dream and will continue to do so until a woman president is given a chance to lead our great country.
With that said, I do believe that Hillary Clinton, even with her extensive experience in law and politics and her Ivy League education is not the right fit for America at this time. Just like every other American in this country, I was at the edge of my seat waiting on the results. However, my support was not for her. Her involvement and her support goes against what I believe in. Her many dishonest and corrupt acts coming to the surface during her campaigning for presidency, made my decision that much easier. I always follow my gut feeling and this time it was navigating me away from voting for Hillary Clinton as our next president. A sad thought but very true.
Protecting my children will always be at the top of my priority list as a parent. Although my feelings for Donald Trump are very mixed. As a business man first with little political experience, it will take time to adjust into his new role as United States President. Our political decisions and votes should not be based on the fact that Donald Trump can be very arrogant and disrespectful to many, not only women. His rude remarks on the subject of women and their weight and his treatment of women in general, in the past and now should not be our main issue that we focus on now.
Let’s be honest, we are human and far from perfect. We should not judge others before giving them an opportunity to show us what they are capable of doing. We learn as we grow, that is how we keep evolving as humans. His inappropriate mannerism is definitely something that I do not support and I hope it’s something that he continues to works on. Let’s not get into inappropriate behavior amongst men, starting with some of our previous presidents and government officials.
In reality, we all look for a candidate that has integrity and stands by his word, regardless which political party they belong to. The American people are tired of the false promises and the straight up lies; this being the biggest reason why millions of democrats did not vote in this year’s elections. Let’s all put our opinions on hold because the next president of the United States has officially been elected, we’ve all witnessed the live coverage. There is little we are able to do about it at this time, so stop the madness, riots and overall hate.
My belief has always been, talk is cheap. If you believe our country is great, you are under the wrong impression. We are very far from being great, but we’re working on it. We can’t keep passing the blame around and expect the next guy to fix it. There’s a lot of work ahead for all of us. We must all pitch in and help make this country truly great again. We are each responsible for our own actions, make your actions count toward something good instead of negative.
By: Ida L.