November 9, 2016 at 2:10 pm #24716LurkingGrendelParticipant
If you have not heard or read Hillary’s concession speech already, there’s any number of links to both the speech in its entirety or the text version so I won’t bother posting them here. More on the content in a moment.
I suppose the reason I started this thread is for a very simple reason. The concession speech and its attendant peaceful succession of executive authority is arguably the most important moment of any election as well as one of if not the defining characteristics of American democracy. It deserves more than a mention buried within a related topic.
As I’ve detailed more than once, that’s why I was somewhere far beyond appalled and even frightened that Donald Trump appeared to be carelessly toying with that mechanic. Doing so is dangerous to that core tenant of what makes our country, well, our country. We’ll never know for certain what would have occurred, what Donald Trump may or may not have done, etc. had the election gone the other way, but I did hear (and later read) an encouraging word on the subject from some of the Trump surrogates on that note as the election evening wore on. Multiple sources reported and shared that both the Clinton campaign and the Trump campaign had each prepared two speeches. So perhaps Donald Trump making (loud) noises to the contrary before Election Day was just another show-biz mechanic, and something he never intended on challenging or upsetting had he lost. Giving credit where it’s due, he’s very good at garnering high levels of attention.
That aside, Hillary Clinton’s speech was everything I expected it would be. She expressed regret for not having succeeded; though making that more about having let down her supporters as opposed to any personal disappointment. More importantly, she encouraged her supporters to give Donald Trump a chance at leading the nation and becoming a successful president. She made certain to underscore this is how the process works, and why it’s important we all continue to adhere to those norms. She delivered the speech with intelligence, calm, grace, poise, and even a bit of humor.
In short, it’s what the concession speech has to be. I thought she was really great.
Whatever deep and personal reservations she may have, and I’m sure they’re many in number and likely shared by tens of millions of Americans myself included, she appropriately did not detail them in any way during this address.
While I was not this level of upset, scared, and despondent about the eventual outcome of the 2000 election as I am today, the two elections now have at least one thing in common: A necessary concession speech delivered with empathy, authenticity, and a call of action to come together. I was very proud of Al Gore in 2000 for his speech. It’s what the country needed to hear. I’m more proud of Hillary Clinton today. The country needed to hear this one even more. She went through a hell of a lot more, vast amounts of it completely ludicrous and unfair, and is still standing tall. She’s a tough lady. I think she would have made a good President. But, it was not to be.November 9, 2016 at 4:38 pm #24725LurkingGrendelParticipant
And an e-mail from Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (Yes, I both contributed and volunteered.) It’s not quite the same as the broadcast version of the speech, but very similar.
Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans.
This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I’m sorry we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.
But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together –- this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.
I know how disappointed you feel, because I feel it too. And so do tens of millions of Americans who invested their hopes and dreams in this effort. This is painful, and it will be for a long time. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love — and about building an America that’s hopeful, inclusive, and big-hearted.
We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America –- and I always will. And if you do, too, then we must accept this result -– and then look to the future.
Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.
Our constitutional democracy enshrines the peaceful transfer of power, and we don’t just respect that, we cherish it. It also enshrines other things –- the rule of law, the principle that we’re all equal in rights and dignity, and the freedom of worship and expression. We respect and cherish these things too — and we must defend them.
And let me add: Our constitutional democracy demands our participation, not just every four years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear: making our economy work for everyone, not just those at the top; protecting our country and protecting our planet; and breaking down all the barriers that hold anyone back from achieving their dreams.
We’ve spent a year and a half bringing together millions of people from every corner of our country to say with one voice that we believe that the American Dream is big enough for everyone — for people of all races and religions, for men and women, for immigrants, for LGBT people, and people with disabilities.
Our responsibility as citizens is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek. And I know you will.
I am so grateful to stand with all of you.
I want to thank Tim Kaine and Anne Holton for being our partners on this journey. It gives me great hope and comfort to know that Tim will remain on the front-lines of our democracy, representing Virginia in the Senate.
To Barack and Michelle Obama: Our country owes you an enormous debt of gratitude for your graceful, determined leadership, and so do I.
To Bill, Chelsea, Marc, Charlotte, Aidan, our brothers, and our entire family, my love for you means more than I can ever express.
You crisscrossed this country on my behalf and lifted me up when I needed it most –- even four-month old Aidan traveling with his mom.
I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women at our headquarters in Brooklyn and across our country who poured their hearts into this campaign. For you veterans, this was a campaign after a campaign — for some of you, this was your first campaign ever. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign anyone has had.
To all the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook – even in secret or in private: Thank you.
To everyone who sent in contributions as small as $5 and kept us going, thank you.
And to all the young people in particular, I want you to hear this. I’ve spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks -– sometimes really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your careers. You will have successes and setbacks, too.
This loss hurts. But please, please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it. It’s always worth it. And we need you keep up these fights now and for the rest of your lives.
To all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion.
I know that we still have not shattered that highest glass ceiling. But some day someone will -– hopefully sooner than we might think right now.
And to all the little girls watching right now, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world.
Finally, I am grateful to our country for all it has given me.
I count my blessings every day that I am an American. And I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength in our convictions, and love for this nation -– our best days are still ahead of us.
You know I believe we are stronger together and will go forward together. And you should never be sorry that you fought for that.
Scripture tells us: “Let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season, we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.”
My friends, let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart. For there are more seasons to come and there is more work to do.
I am incredibly honored and grateful to have had this chance to represent all of you in this consequential election. May God bless you and god bless the United States of America.
HillaryNovember 9, 2016 at 4:53 pm #24727radiogeekParticipant
When Democrats lose, they fall over themselves to give the Republicans the benefit of the doubt, and then go on to be totally ineffective as an opposition party. What did that get us last time the Republicans took power in the form of W? Two useless wars, the Patriot Act, trillions more in debt, economic meltdown, failed banks bailed out on my taxes, horrific Supreme Court judges, and on and on.
When Obama took the reigns, the Republicans obstructed him and his agenda as a mantra, from day one and never let up denying that he was legitimately in office.
I’m sorry. Trump gets the necessary peaceful hand-off and briefings, but no fucking way does he get 100 days or even one day of a honeymoon or one moment of my respect. If the Democratic Party can’t grow some stones and learn how to be truly effective as an opposition party, then I’m going to have to look for something more radical.November 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm #24734skepticalParticipant
Geek, you don’t grow stones, you elect stones. Now who did you go out and do some grassroots campaigning for?
I’d say Trump has a pretty rough road ahead without the help from Democrats. I also think there are plenty of Democrats who are planning to cut his brakelines, too
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