Column: It will be alright, America

Well, we did it America. Whatever “it” is, we did it. For all of those who wanted change, oh boy you got it.

Donald Trump is officially our president.

It is a result that has many Americans rejoicing, and equally as many in complete despair. It has left our nation more divided than any time in recent history, and it is just the beginning.

But as Trump completed his long path to the front door of the White House, it is important that we not lose sight of our duties and responsibilities as Americans.

Trump’s nomination is not a defeat. It is not a death sentence for our democracy. It is an opportunity.

It is an opportunity to stand up for what we believe in. We believe in democracy. Like it or not, democracy has spoken, and we must accept the result.

We don’t have to like it. We don’t have to submit to it. But we do have to accept it. We must hold ourselves to the same standard we expected Trump supporters to hold themselves. We cannot let our shock transform us into hypocrites.

This does not mean we cannot protest. But if we do protest, keep it civil and orderly. America cannot afford to spiral into chaos. We must now, more than ever, unite as one and move forward.

There are many ways we can achieve this.

We must support our press and journalism communities. The most fundamental and important role of the media is to serve as a watchdog over the government. This campaign season saw an unprecedented amount of hostility and disdain for the media.

Without the media, our government would be able operate completely unchecked and unwatched. Throughout history, when the press is downtrodden, the people suffer.

But the press cannot only focus on the national government, and neither can we.

Our local and state governments are extremely important as well. This is especially true now.

The Trump campaign has shown little to no interest in the severe environmental issues that are plaguing the planet. If this continues into his first term, the responsibility falls upon our local governments to pick up the slack.

We need to educate ourselves on these issues, since there is a good chance the burden will fall on us as individuals. If we are not prepared, America is not the only nation that will suffer the consequences.

Social problems that have surfaced recently are also at a risk of being ignored or neglected. It may very well fall upon the individual state and local governments to play a larger role.

These are issues that we must be educated on. If these are neglected by the Trump administration, we need to be aware of the possible solutions and repercussions.

But in this increasingly uncertain and frankly frightening time, we must never lose hope.

We must hold out hope that Trump will be true to his word and actually unite America. He has a very, very long road ahead of him to accomplish this. He must undo a lot of pain that he has inflicted on various communities.

Women, Hispanics, African Americans, Muslims, the disabled, immigrants and the LGBTQ community must have their concerns answered by Trump. He planted seeds of doubt in the minds of many people.

It is now up to him as a leader, not a businessman or reality star, but a leader, to meet these concerns. I still have hope that he can do this.

If he allows others to work with him, from both sides of the government, we may come out of this mess in one piece.

I am not sure if this is likely. Many people are unsure. But it is our responsibility to stick it out.

We cannot be too dejected to realize this. We must remain hopeful. Hope is what drives progress and change. Hope is the one thing that can never be taken from us.

We need hope. We need each other. America needs us. And the world needs America.

If we remain hopeful, we will be all right.