By Mohamed Zefzaf
By Mohamed Zefzaf
Rabat – This morning the world is in shock. Financial centers are in turmoil. Half of America is in disbelief, half is jubilant. What exactly happened? What accounts for trump’s win? Historians will study the 2016 election for generations to come, trying to decipher exactly how such an unexpected result came to be.
What we do know is that there’s a seismic change in American politics with ramifications, not just for the United States, but for the rest of the world as well. What will Trump foreign policy be like? Will he actually ban Muslims from entering the United States, effectively barring people from seeing their family? What about the wall he promised to build between the United State and Mexico? What about Obama care and the supreme appointments?
America is at a crossroad. Will it continue to be welcoming to the downtrodden, open to the world? Or will it withdraw within itself, closing its border and living in a new age of isolationism? So many questions and no crystal ball, only reality.
All these legitimate concerns will have to be addressed in the course of the coming years. But one thing for sure: The electorate has spoken, the results are what they are. That is what a democracy is all about: accepting the result, even if it is difficult or inconvenient.
Immigrants in this country are worried, some petrified about their place, about their future in this society. The angst is especially acute among those who are newly arrived. I hear the worries of many and I repeat from where I began: the sky will not fall.
So there’s a choice: either perpetual anger or resentment at the outcome of this election, or work together for the greater interest of all. We must choose the latter, if we are superior to our own political views. Today, nearly fifty percent of the American people are terribly disappointed, but that is democracy-an imperfect system subject- always-to the vagaries of the voters, the turn of times and events.
Even in defeat, magnanimity. I must wish Trump well, until the next election comes. The shock will fade; the sky will not fall.
It is my hope that there’s a coming together, a healing process. That is the wisest road ahead.