It was a centerpiece of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s closing argument in the last days of the election: “This is about more than winning an election,” she told voters at a rally in Manchester, N.H., on Monday. “It’s about the kind of country we want for our kids and grandkids.”
Well, Mrs. Clinton, last night the American people specified the kind of country they want to pass down to future generations. In fact, they identified not just the kind of country they want but the kind they don’t want.
Americans don’t want a country where victims of imaginary grievance are not just embraced by its leader but given a bully puplit to spew their divisive rhetoric.
They don’t want a nation where anyone is persecuted on the basis of skin color or sex. Yes, I realize that you believe this is a virtue that you espouse. But you are mistaken. Your vision for America — like that of the outgoing president — is one where protected classes are provided with “safe spaces,” while citizens who happen to be white or heterosexual or male or (God forbid) all three are branded enemies of the state.
Americans want a leader who recognizes America’s exceptionalism and potential for greatness.
They want America to be a nation of laws in more than name only — an America where the government exists to serve the people and not the other way around.
I am not speaking for all Americans any more than you were. I am speaking for the segment of the population that you dismissed as a “basket of deplorables.” I know it must stick in your craw that you were beaten by a man you held in such high contempt that you refused to shake his hand.
Well, to quote a very arrogant man eight years ago: We won.