The US elections have come and gone. America now has a new president. But this particular elections has a lot of lessons to be learnt from it.
You see, Donald Trump had from day one, been vocal and taken a stand. He knew what he wanted, and he also knew what the Americans wanted. So, he stuck by all of those. That’s self preservation. He appealed to everything that the Americans hold dear. We all have some selfish streak in us. He took advantage of that. He gave a voice to their struggles.
I mean, if you are say, Igbo, and an Igbo man comes out to contest for president, and promises you and your tribesmen everything you’ve ever wanted, would you all not vote for him? It’s that simple.
Hilary Clinton tried appealing to both the Americans and the rest of the world at the same time. And I think that was one very major reason she did not win. She didn’t take a stand. She was more or less sitting on the fence, not wanting to ruffle feathers. She wanted to please everyone. Americans were having none of that, from what we’ve seen.
Lesson number one : Always let people know where you stand. That way, they’ll also know where they stand with you. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. Be yourself. You don’t have to smile at people whom you dislike.
Secondly, Clinton was the media’s favourite. Infact, Democrats on social media were always making insulting memes of Trump. Meanwhile, Republicans were quiet, doing the do. Believe it or not, a good number of people who were supporting Clinton either did not vote, or voted Trump.
Lesson number two: Do not believe the hype. Actions speak louder than words. Trump’s supporters did not make as much noise as Clinton’s supporters. But see how it turned out.
Then, finally, despite his brashness, despite his past being rehashed, despite him being the man ‘nobody’ wanted, Donald Trump wore his confidence like a cloth. He was never cowed for one day. He kept saying that he would win, even though billions of people refused to believe it. He was bashed left, right and centre, but he didn’t slow down.
Lesson number three: No matter what people say, do not lose sight of your dreams. Thing is, whatever it is you’re aiming for, people would always talk. It doesn’t matter what. Your dreams are valid. Even if the world thinks them crazy, silly or impossible. The only thing that can limit you, is you.
But then is,after all said and done, this is probably what America needs. A blunt and straightforward leader. One who has the best interests of his country at heart. Illegal immigrants would be sent back home, and rightly so. I don’t know what would happen to the #blacklivesmatter movement, but let’s watch and see.
And again, don’t be surprised if he doesn’t go to extremes he said he was going to. Like building a wall and making Mexico pay, sending Muslims out of America and sending all immigrants home. That was probably propaganda. He might not be that bad after all.
But then, like I said; let’s watch and see.
And something else; if you’re in shock over the outcome of these elections, please take your time, process this at your own pace, but don’t let hate creep into your heart. You and I can make the world a better place, one person at a time.