Broken Down Election

 

 

Hillary: “I wonder how many U.S. citizens think I may be suicidal after last night. It must look like I’ve lost my last shot at the presidency. No more chances down the line. To these citizens, I would reply that numbness is doing a fine job right now letting what happened sink in. It definitely feels like I am inside a bad dream, no, a wrong dream. Be it as it may, Barack, for all your unwavering support during this election cycle, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You didn’t have to stomp the ground as diligently as you did. I will never forget the enthusiasm and encouragement with which you have spurned me on. And don’t think for one second that all the issues you fought so hard over in the past eight years will be forgotten. We will remember. We won’t let this stand. Maybe in the greater scheme of things, the blinders first needed to come off for America to deal with its true sentiments, its true aspirations.”

Barack: “I am not so much thinking about my legacy at the moment, although it does and will have ripple effects on millions of U.S. citizens across our great nation, but more about your state of being. This was certainly not how any of us expected the night to go. I feel the two of us in our own way, with our particular means, did everything to show the American people that there is a path out of the thicket we inherited eight years ago and that steering the course would bring long-awaited results. I reminded the American people on inauguration day in 2009 that we will need a large reservoir of good will and that we’d need to band together, work together to overcome the massive economic crisis and readjust our position, our perspective domestically and abroad. Patience doesn’t seem to be the strong suit of many, and yesterday’s voting results prove that the long game was not something the American public was willing to suffer through. I cannot begin to imagine what must be going through your mind, especially with the entire country and the media machine speculating on what you could have done differently to secure the presidency. One reality that has been exposed last night though is that the glass ceiling in America is not ready to shatter. And that is a darn shame.”

Hillary: “I think the biggest affront in all this is that my campaign lost to someone like Donald J. Trump. I feel I have been jibbed of a worthy adversary, someone I could have debated substantively on the issues that separate us. In a year that could have celebrated the first female becoming President of the United States, the country decided instead that Trump had their vote, and their trust. I understand that a certain segment of the populace is discontent with my supposed link to Wall Street, with the private email server, with Benghazi even, but to instead sponsor and usher in someone who has spoken ill of a majority of minority groups and on record, on video, degraded the female gender – I cannot properly, at least not yet, maybe never, wrap my head around that. There is a greater percentage of females in this country than males, so there must have been a healthy chunk of them who despite all of Trump’s outrageous comments, decided he is a better representative for their platform. I really should be suicidal today.”

Barack: “I think the divisiveness clearly on display in this electoral split is a wake-up call of the most profound consequence. We can no longer pretend that our nation has learned, truly internalized the actions of our past. Bigotry is not an outmoded word in the America of today. Misogyny is not a sentiment of the past. We are still very much living in the midst of a patriarchy. The chickens do come home to roost. I blame myself that I didn’t see more clearly the racial divide, although the partisan gridlock in Congress surely was a telltale indication. Intrinsically held convictions run deeply and can only be dispelled by a changed curriculum. This election shows that the old South, the dream of the forefathers has been distorted to create a nostalgic look back to the days of manifest destiny where every man for himself was the widespread credo.”

Hillary: “I feel like I’ve failed women in particular. This could have been a milestone for women who have had to endure realities of unequal pay and continued objectification. We could have done so much to secure a woman’s right to choose for the long-term future, increase early child care services, close the income gap, increase access to jobs that are still dominated by men. This could have been the beginning to topple a patriarchic system. Despite decades invested in public services, my credentials did not rise to the level of a controversial business man with a hit reality TV show. I can’t deny that it feels like a public stoning almost. I know that this election was, is, about a lot more than granting me the reigns to steer the political agenda and shape America’s standing in the world. It’s about all the minorities out there who supported me on a promise of standing together, of standing together strongly and promoting unity. What must they feel like this morning? I can’t remember an election in recent times that split the candidates’ position on the issues down the middle. I mean, in our three debates, what crystallized is that on most any issue we are diametrically opposed. How many disgruntled citizens have attacked the two-party systems over the decades claiming that it’s two sides of the exact same coin? Well, that cannot be said in the least about this election cycle. We offered a radically different set of solutions to the issues that most concern America at this junction, and the electorate went with what to me and I believe the supporters of my campaign has sounded inflammatory, war mongering, and deeply oblivious to promote the common good, not just on American soil but all over the world. The climate change agreement in Paris will no longer benefit from you, Barack, to propose viable emission reduction that will set us on a long-term path toward complete transition to renewable energy. The common people out there, in the heartland of America, need to be better educated about what their ideas about certain issues entail. Critical thinking has been curtailed in schools. We need to bring it back. Applied knowledge, an informed electorate who can substantively debate the issues. I overestimated America, I must admit, to my dismay, but this is a thought I cannot shake this morning.”

Barack: “What we need right now is not to despair during a truly dark hour.  I am not saying that you shouldn’t mourn what needs mourning, but the country continues to need bright minds, experienced politicians like you. More than ever. We now have a Republican controlled Congress and a Republican President. There are practically no roadblocks in his way to pass any type of regressive, divisive, separationist policies he sees fit, and so the grassroots movement needs to be revamped to become effective in making the voice of the people heard. Maybe the spirit of the 60s needs a proper follow up, a millennial shout out that what Donald Trump promotes is not who we are. That we are not a deeply racist and misogynistic country. We are more than the sum of the electoral college votes that wish to tell a different story. It is during dark times that our light, our convictions, our determination and effort have to shine ever brighter. We are not powerless. We still live inside the democratic experiment that has yielded some astonishing, at times delayed, yes, but still stunning enough advances that have led to reversals of truly heinous laws and doctrines. We cannot sit this one out and lick our wounds for an undue amount of time. Our vision has not been accepted as viable. Well, it takes time for ideas, proposals, negotiations, bills, to take shape, to reveal their potential. Now, it is our next job to not let all of our hard-fought work fall to the wayside.”

Hillary: “Thank you for putting this emotional juggernaut on a personal level, I won’t deny it, into perspective. It is not about me. It is bigger than me. I was simply the container, the vessel of those voices who aligned with the policies and the path ahead that I outlined during this grueling electoral season. If anything, I finally have time to rest. But then, lying down is the least thing going through my mind now. It’s a pretty strong statement the American people made last night. I think I’ll end up chewing on this for a while. Maybe I was too dead set on victory. Maybe I thought that there was no way a despotic sounding candidate like Trump would ever be granted access to the oval office. Maybe I feel victim to hubris, lost sight of the goal, of the vision. Stronger Together, that was the motto of my platform, is still the way I feel we can all move forward in a dignified manner, lifting each other up and creating a livable world. Time to shake off the residual dust accumulated during this ugly election cycle. Time for me to regroup, to rethink, to strategize. Moping around is not going to help our country. I still believe in its greatness despite last night’s results. We are still a great nation, with great underlying principles that have meaning and purpose in this day and age. We have many issues to rally around and shore up support for. It’s time to shine.”