It’s a time of disappointment (profound I’m sure for the majority of voters here who voted for Clinton), anger and elation depending on your political viewpoint. My objective is not to reflect on the election or to say any more about either candidate than what I’ve said in three previous columns.
From my standpoint, the issue now is very clear: how do we move forward? The answer to my mind lies in giving the benefit of the doubt while always being vigilant. The American experience has shown us time and again how resilient we are as a people when we work together. The real danger now is extreme polarization. Positions of the stature of President or U.S. Supreme Court justice can mold the person who holds them in unexpected ways. And in the case of the Presidency, the burdens of the office have a way of shaping the officeholder markedly, as we’ve seen in the aging of President Obama before our eyes as we saw with President Bush before him.