Protests mar victory

Having visited New York City a day after the presidential election, we probably should have been greeted by an airport banner that read “Welcome to the Divided States of America.”

 

This current reality was underscored by television coverage of daily protest marches around the country, some of which had acts of violence.

 

Protesters, including the “professionals” within their ranks, have a constitutional right to free speech, but not the right to use violence to make their points. A number of protesters who were interviewed on television were ineligible to vote because they were not U.S. citizens, or had not registered to vote, or had simply not voted.

Voting is a democratic process that ensures peaceful transition of government leadership that enables voters to legally express their personal preferences. Absolutely nothing that a crowd of protesters does should diminish or undermine this essential principle, and will certainly not change the results of the 2016 election.

On Jan. 20, 2017, a new day will dawn. The next president of the United States has stated publicly that he will try to unite our country and advocate for all Americans – not just those who supported him during his campaign.

A president who neither needs fame and fortune, nor is beholden to special-interest groups, will devote the next four years to making our country better than he found it, both at home and abroad.

While my choices for president have not always won, as an American I always have acknowledged the winner of the presidential election to be my president. To those chanting “not my president,” you are free to express yourselves and to find a country with a president who will better serve your interests and needs.

Lawrence Devoe

Augusta

 

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