It’s time to say goodbye to 2016. It was a year to remember, especially in the political arena. From moment to moment no one was sure of the outcome – it was a nail-biter to the very end. I do not remember so many people in the Republican Party throwing their hats into the primary ring, and in the Democratic Party, who would have thought that Bernie Sanders would give Hillary Clinton a run for her money. Finally, it was down to Donald Trump (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat) running for the United States Presidency. The debates between the two were intense and, afterwards, each claimed they won. The news was no better – showing us polls that Donald Trump was behind and Hillary Clinton was the one who would become our next President. There were a few reporters for him, but the majority were for her. Then came the moment of truth – election day – when the common man decides who will be our new Commander-in-Chief. It was an exciting night, and a shocker for the newscasters who were amazed that their predictions and polls were not accurate. Even in victory, many pollsters and political experts were sour about the outcome. It reminded me of the picture that was taken in 1948 of the newly-elected President Harry Truman, with a beaming smile, holding up the front page of the Chicago Daily Tribune which had a bold headline declaring DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN. Oops! The newspaper blamed the pollsters for the blunder. Sounds a tad familiar, doesn’t it? When you come down to the bottom line, it is us in the U.S.A. that are the final decision-makers. Not the media. Not the polls. Now, it is up to us to support our new Commander-in-Chief. There are many people that want to see him fail, but everyone needs encouragement. It is easy to contact President Elect Trump – visit www.greatagain.gov. It only takes a moment to type an email and hit send. You can also see some of the things he plans to do and how on the site. There is an interesting story about an 11-year-old girl that wrote to candidate Abraham Lincoln – she told him that if he grew whiskers he would get more votes. He took her advice. So, one never knows what pearls of wisdom we may be able to share with our new leader. Remember, Mr. Trump wishes to make “America Great Again” – and so do we. We are all proud to be Americans – most of our ancestors came here with nothing but the clothes on their back, so that they could give their children a better life. Now, it is time for us to see that the generations to come enjoy a Greater America, as well!
SharLeigh has an inquisitive nature – she is interested in current events, history, science and many more subjects, including things that go bump in the night! Since 1997, SharLeigh has scoured the internet, looking for interesting, fun and timely topics covering all sorts of human-interest subjects for her articles from her home in Fontana, CA.