This election process was full of robust lessons, and its results equally as much. In the aftermath of Tuesday’s huge sweeping victory for President-elect Trump, my observations have crystallized. I have watched all the talking heads trying to analyze what just happened, rationalize why they and most polls were wrong, and, most disturbingly, go through their long litany of concerns, worries, and predictions of chaos. Yet, in light of all their pontifications, all I have to say is this:
Whether we favor the outcome or despise the outcome…voters are always right!
There will be a seemingly unending chorus of attempts to explain what just happened by the experts. I am confident that they will be mostly wrong.
The explanation of Mr. Trump’s electrifying victory is easy.
Voters were tired of status quo. They were tired of hearing their leaders criticize America. And they were tired of seeing their country drift further and further from our founding principles.
In Tuesday’s Presidential election, we elected not a perfect servant but a public servant. Heart trumped heady rhetoric. Frankness trumped timidity. Confidence trumped condescendence. Rough on the edges trumped groomed pedigree. Passionate voters who love America trumped blatant, rampant, and often disgusting media bias.
And, once again, we as elected leaders are wise to remember: voters are always right! And so I say with great fervency and hope: Go America!
May we move on from these elections, humbly confident. And may we move forward – toward where we came from, seeking the brilliance our founding fathers envisioned: the messy imperfection yet remarkable robustness of our unique and blessed republic democracy.
The best is yet to come.
Michigan State Senator