January 20th: The Day We’ve Been Waiting To Come and Go

We’ve been preparing for today for over two months. Half of the country has been desperately waiting for the changing of the guard, excited by the promise of a brighter future. Half of the country is convinced that the new regime will be the end of America as we know it, opening us up to fear and terror.

In either case, the day has come and gone. We have seen the democratic process at work, seeing Barack Obama peacefully hand control to Donald Trump. Whether you use a hashtag or not, this country has a new president, and, in many ways, an entirely new direction.

The time to plot against the change is over. The time to cry that it is happening or gloat over a victory is gone. Tomorrow is the day we wake up and begin the work, building a new coalition to drive the country forward.

Enough of the timers, counting down the hours until Donald Trump leaves office. Enough with the Facebook posts blaming Barack Obama for the ills that have happened in every corner of the nation. Now is the time to begin the process of governing, using lobbying and policy to guide the country in the direction we want it to go.

Every American had a vote. Some used it, others wasted it. The opportunity to work for the country’s future is not over simply because the election is. The work is only beginning, and every American needs to use their voice to ensure it gets heard.

You don’t like the way things are? Change them. You don’t think a policy is right? Write to your representatives. You don’t think your voice matters? Get together with a group of friends and make something happen. In the words of anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

The world is going to change. We can either be dragged along by the change, or we can steer the ship. Now is the time to pick ourselves up off the mat and get busy making this country truly great.

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