Independence day July 4 2017

Showing Grace in the Face of Defeat

Hillary Clinton supporters like myself are still reeling and recovering from her loss in the Presidential election.

It’s not only that she would have broken that very hard glass ceiling for women, but she is no doubt one of the most qualified Presidential candidates in history — advocating for children and families, serving the people of New York for eight years as their Senator, and four years as our country’s Secretary of State.

I wonder how many women, or men, could be so gracious in experiencing such a devastating defeat. I believe she showed the person she truly is in her remarkable concession speech — urging her supporters and country to get behind our new President-elect, Donald Trump.

Because in the end, she understands that our country represents stability, goodness and a beacon of democracy in a world in turmoil. It’s possibly a role we don’t always want to assume, but when the chips are down other countries turn to us to invest their money in our stable economy, and look to our leadership in addressing some of the planet’s most pressing problems.

Her concession speech made me proud to be an American. She gave me the courage to put the election behind me and continue to work for a better country and better world.

Thank you, Hillary, for the great lesson of how to express grace in the face of defeat and for your service to our country.

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  1. Thank you, I’ve been looking for silver linings all day. Her gracious concession speech and your supportive post have helped me get through this first, tough day.

  2. Very well said, Jeannette. She was quite eloquent and if anyone knows how to handle setbacks it’s Hillary Clinton. The election results have made me feel like there’s been a death in the family — that feeling of emptiness most of us have experienced following the death of a loved one. Hopefully that feeling will change, and I hope Hillary Clinton will continue to be an ambassador for America around the world, where she is universally admired and respected.

    So here’s the flip side. What about graciousness among those who won? Although I’m trying hard not to watch the talking heads on TV, I did tune in to CNN for a very quick look this morning and found Rudy Guiliani, our prospective attorney general, being interviewed. He wasn’t ranting as he was during the campaign, but I’m not so sure he was being all that gracious when he intimated that the investigations of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation must continue. I don’t think I’m being too cynical when I say that nothing would please Guiliani more than a quick conviction of Bill or Hillary Clinton early in the Trump Administration.

    Heaven help us.

    • Mark — I’m still in recovery mode, too. It would not surprise me if Guiliani tried to go after the Clintons. He’s lost his mind and all he’s interested in is being vindictive.

  3. Agree with you about showing grace in the face of defeat.

    That Donald Trump was elected is however a disaster for the world. Racism will spread globally and human rights will suffer.

    Throughtout history democracy and dictatorships have taken turns. We have had liberal democracy in the West since the end of the second world war. Now we are moving into a time of dictatorships and fascism. The best way of preventing Europe from following in America’s footsteps would be a huge injection of socialism. But that’s unlikely to happen because of Milton Friedman’s version of economics i.e. take from the poor and give to the rich, is the name of the game for politicians world-wide.

    What’s interesting is that the end of the US as a superpower is starting now. And the decline is caused by the same pheonomena that destroyed the Roman Empire; greed. If Milton Friedman at University of Chicago had not come up with neoliberalism and the rich started robbing the poor Trump would not have been elected now and the US would continue to be a superpower.

    Honestly think having Trump in the White House is so horrendous I would like to move to another planet. The best we can hope for is that he calms down now and is talked out of the worst things he said during the election.

    • I totally agree with you, Catarina. What a catastrophic outcome. Donald Trump is a racist, misogynist, sexual predator and the worst kind of human being. How he came to be elected President of my great country is beyond my comprehension. He knows nothing about policy and doesn’t care to learn. He says stupid things like he’ll try to renegotiate U.S. debt as if that wasn’t something that would send the entire financial world into a total tailspin. The low-income white males elected a con man. They expect him to bring their jobs back in the steel mills, when that is never going to happen. He sold them a bill of goods and he can’t deliver. I was proud to see the number of protest marches last evening in cities around our country. Because our founders established the archaic Electoral College, the most qualified candidate won the popular election by a million votes but lost the Electoral College. I cannot stomach the thought of a four-year Trump presidency. God help us.