The Handshake

*The allure of a Donald Trump presidency was akin to what makes some people contemplate having an extra-marital affair: Your spouse (political leader in this case) has stopped listening to your concerns and he/she takes you(r vote) for granted. Your fears about the job market , illegal immigration, terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and general feelings of disenfranchisement have left you feeling disrespected by those who promised to look out for your best interest.

Yet, here’s Trump. He’s like the guy who you meet at a bar. He’s – by all accounts – rude and crude. Still, that rude and crudeness is attractive to you! This guy says all the right things, he seems to know all your fears – including the people you’re most likely to blame for your failures – and he promises to solve your problems if you give him a chance. After all, your unhappiness is everybody else’s fault.

Then you wake up from the spell of discontent to the realization in the light of day that you’ve gone and done the irreversible: You actually voted for the one-night-stand guy to be the leader of the free world! All those promises he made to resolve your fears, protect you from the unknown and make America great again, you soon realize are easier said than done. It’s too late to go back, though. You and the other millions of people who fell under the same spell have to live with the consequences of your decision for at least the next four years. But that’s the democratic way.

And to all the people who are protesting Trump’s win: It’s your right to protest! But the question is, did you vote? If you didn’t vote, protesting Trump’s win is like searching for a cure when you had a chance to prevent the problem in the first place.

Either way, what’s done is done. For all our sakes I hope Trump can live up to the positive expectations. If he crumbles under the pressure I might not say anything but I’ll be thinking it.

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Steffanie Rivers

Steffanie is a freelance journalist living in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. Email her at [email protected] with comments, questions and speaking inquiries.