Many people seem to forget this, but America is the world’s oldest democracy with a functioning Constitution. Yes, for many years minorities and women couldn’t vote, but we were still more of a democracy than anyone else.
A day as dark as this one makes an individual prone to reflection. Yesterday, or on January 19th, West African troops entered the Gambia, a small West African nation, because the previous President who has held power for 22 years refused to step down and accept the results of the Gambia’s first fair election in years. The results of that conflict are not yet determined, however it would be atypical for it to be bloodless.
Today, an idiotic tyrant named Donald Trump is sworn in to be the President of the United States. The election was long, vicious, however at the end the losing side stepped down and accepted the results of the election, something that is unheard of in many democracies. What we have learned the most from this explosive and divisive election is that our Republic and our Democracy is strong. Our people may protest and moan, but we know that at the end of the day he is our President.
The people of the United States are unlike any other. We are united because of our differences, not divided by them. Regardless of the results of one unfortunate election, we must carry on, and fight for the next one.
Even though we have a hyper-militarized police force, just be glad that we are able to protest in the first place. Our Constitution, the sacred document that binds this nation together, is the sword and the shield of the people to use against a tyrannical government. As long as we keep our rights close, and our enemies closer, the best days of America are still ahead of us.