The election is over. It is time to move forward, to lead. Whether you are wringing your hands over Trump, or celebrating Clinton’s political demise, please STOP. Take the yard signs down and remove those inane bumper stickers from your cars. Whether you drive an Outback or a Hummer, the only thing I want to see on the back of your vehicle is your license plate. Put away your red or blue partisan bling and get your purple on. Your identity politics are ruining America.
To my nationalist Republican friends, we will not be going back to Norman Rockwell’s bucolic America. Whether or not that America ever existed, today it exists only on canvas in museums. You can blame the technology in your pocket for the realities and the challenges of globalization, but know this: there is no turning back. Building walls and tearing up trade agreements may feel good, even empowering, but they are ignorant responses to a set of political contrivances.