Originally published in Moyers & Co., Neal Gable calls upon the media to bear true witness to what is happening since the election of Donald Trump on November 8, 2016, and the consequences that result:
“…[T]he disempowered media may have one more role to fill: They must bear witness. Many years from now, future generations will need to know what happened to us and how it happened. They will need to know how disgruntled white Americans, full of self-righteous indignation, found a way to take back a country they felt they were entitled to and which they believed had been lost. They will need to know about the ugliness and evil that destroyed us as a nation after great men like Lincoln and Roosevelt guided us through previous crises and kept our values intact. They will need to know, and they will need a vigorous, engaged, moral media to tell them. They will also need us.
We are not living for ourselves anymore in this country. Now we are living for history.”
Or, your side lost a presidential election. I didn’t support him, but the president elect has more executive experience than did Barack Obama in 2008. He disagrees with you, but so does nearly half the population of the United States of America. Those people who voted for Hillary Clinton might want to think that some level of anxiety affected people who people who voted for McCain and Romney.
Our country has not disappeared. It is simply under new management. You’ll be fine.