I am writing this immediately after awakening on Wednesday morning.
I am sad.
Not about the results. As a political agnostic, I’m going to work as I do every day. There won’t be any major changes. I’ll listen, exam, teach, ablate and implant evidence-based devices. Perhaps in the coming months, the 10-minute procedure will require 6 signed and dated forms instead of 5.
Here’s what I am really sad about:
As a college-educated white male, it bothers me that I voted in a separate block from my wife, and Black and Latino voters. Why should there be such divisions?
A better America would be one where John Mandrola votes for the same person that women, Blacks and Latinos vote for. I’m not a Pollyanna; I realize there will be differences, but it’s awful that we are this divided. I don’t feel divided from my Black and Latino and women patients. I’m just a doctor doing my best each day to help patients through medical problems, regardless of their skin color or gender.
This seems obvious now:
White men are no longer in charge. This is good for America. If Republicans want to implement their vision, they will need to start understanding this fact and act accordingly. I hope they do, because many of their ideas are good ones.
Let’s conclude with some heart-healthy optimism:
To those who worry that we are heading towards a European state of existence, I say worry not. Europe is a pretty awesome place. We could do a lot worse.