Dear Ashtabula County Friends:
I believe it is fair to say that millions and millions of Americans were shocked at the results of the presidential election. Among them were the vast majority of political commentators, pollsters, and pundits, including those working for the Trump campaign. I can say that I was one of the shocked many.
To me, this points up how little we really know in today’s supposed knowledge-driven world. We truly live in an age of uncertainty–a time when data analytics, real-time information, and long respected theories fail to predict accurate outcomes. This is a time for wisdom; that is a time for seeking a deeper understanding of what lies inside us, and what drives us as human beings.
America has a new President. It will take all of us a while to ascertain what this development really means in terms of the economy, world relations, communities, families, and many other things. So much hinges on the decisions we make and the actions we take moving forward. We all know there is a huge difference between winning an election and giving leadership in a way that provides the best for a nation–a nation that is highly divided and in many respects has lost its way.
The People of America have shown their level of dissatisfaction with how things are in their world. They have voted for change, without understanding the real consequences of this change. The election of Donald Trump as President reflects the American People’s desire to lessen and transcend their pain and dissatisfaction.
We must work together to form a new image of America; an image that is visionary, yet honest, inclusive, affordable, and achievable. With that new image in mind, we must work toward rebuilding trust in ourselves and our great nation. We must become not only a greater nation but a more grateful nation. We must learn to do more with less, and we must commit ourselves to finding new common ground that brings peace and prosperity for all.
This has been an amazing presidential race, and one reminding us to forgive, overcome our differences while respecting them, and one pointing out the complexity of the world we live in.
God bless America and God bless each and every one of you reading this letter.
In gratitude to our nation and each of you.
November 9, 2016