Donald Trump is elected as President of the USA. It was a surprise, I admit. The majority of voters wanted a change, whatsoever.
And now? It was a campaign which has proved how deeply divided this nation is. More and more landslide election districts with more of 20% advance of one side. A language in the campaign more and more marked by hatred. Ever less respect and understanding for the other side. One of the few other positive examples was given by President Obama. A Trump supporter acted during a Democratic campaign and he calmed down people with the words: at first we have freedom of speech and second he is and old man and he seems to have served in the armed forces and that deserves respect. Yes, freedom of speech and respect for the other side is requested.
I am convinced, democracy works in the long run only if there is a broad agreement about the values and goals of the nation. A deeply divided nation can be a threat to democracy. A divided nation can be led into a catastrophe by a dangerous demagogue in times of big problems and economic turmoil. See Germany 1933 Hitler or probably Turkey 2016 Erdogan. It´s dangerous making decisions of historical dimension with a tight majority, and after that government believes it is possible to march through without parliamentary support, see UK at the moment.
That is why we all are asked to respect people with different political convictions. And we should try to understand why they have a different opinion. I think it makes no sense blaming someone because he voted for a candidate you don’t like.
But it’s better to ask, if the underlying skepticism against the political establishment has good reasons. People voted for a change, no doubt. But what kind of change? It’s necessary we come into a dialogue without hatred and prejudice.
I observe most people live in districts and suburbs together with people of same opinion, they communicate in social media with guys, who share their opinions. This is a development, that is not good for mutual understanding of a nation. I think the basis of the dialogue should be values as Democracy, Civil Rights and Human Rights.
Myself I could not support either candidate. I will not conceal that I have great doubts about Donald Trump, but the American People has elected him. It’s important to unite the nation and to stay in a frank and honest dialogue. And politicians have to learn to listen better to the concerns of people.
The campaign is over, now it’s time to learn its lesson. I decided to remain optimistic. Deep in my heart I know, we shall overcome one day.