Surviving the Donald Trumpic Shock: How Uncertain Does The Future Look?


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To say the entire world was shocked by Donald Trump’s stunning victory is a huge understatement. Even those who understood little to nothing about their local politics in their various countries had heard of the ‘crazy candidate who was planning on building a wall along America’s borders and deporting all illegal immigrants.’ His infamous utterances had gone viral.

Most of us believed Hillary would win without sweat. Though the email scandal tainted her image a bit, we thought it was nothing compared to Trump’s long history of brow-raising comments and actions. But how wrong we were. 

I personally was quite indifferent about the elections. I have my own problems to deal with. But I kind of expected Trump to win. On the fateful 7th as the day began and the polls showed Clinton was leading, I just wondered, how would the world handle it if Trump surprisingly won? Will people wail like the apocalypse had befallen us or would it be like the time the British surprisingly voted to Brexit? And I woke up on 8th to find out he had won! I screamed! Not in excitement but in shock.

I didn’t think Trump would come this far. When he first announced to contest, I thought he was joking. Then I thought his presence would make the campaign season more dramatic. He was just hanging around till things heated up. Then the others started dropping out. What was happening? The more the criticisms against him rose, the harder he pushed to the final stage. I was amazed and impressed. This guy was serious about being President. 

Hillary had almost every significant support system on her side to win this election. How Trump was able to appeal to that many American voters without the help of the media still baffles me. So I’ve learned three things: debates, polls and media support don’t really win elections. 

I was impressed by his speech after Clinton conceded. He seemed calm and collected. I guess it had dawned on him that he was indeed going to be President of the free world. What a responsibility!

I found it a bit puzzling about the reactions after his win. Protesting and almost rioting? I thought that was an ‘African’ behavior. I guess I was wrong about that as well. If it were to be us doing so, their media would paint us to be ‘misunderstanding of the democratic process.’ I guess you can’t really judge anyone if you haven’t been in their shoes before.
I don’t think Donald Trump taking office spells doom for the world. And for the celebrities who confidently said they would leave the country if he did, well…are they done packing yet? The sun still rises and sets the same way. Life still goes on.

I’ve had my fair share of shocks this year and though Trump’s triumph is on a massive scale, I believe most of us have had it too. There have been times in our lives when we were so sure that something was going to work; that the alternative was impossible-we couldn’t even imagine life without it. But life happened and what did we do? We took it in good stride, adapted and worked harder to make our dreams come true.

I choose to believe God allowed Trump to win for a reason. He holds the heart of the king in His palm, right? And His thoughts are always better than ours. Who knows, he could surprise us with what he will be able to achieve. No matter who sits in the oval office, God is still in control. Even if the worst is to happen, He will take care of His own. 

Some people may be fearful of what the future holds for them because of what they think Trump would do. But harboring such fear only robs us of the joy we can have and the opportunities we can seize today. 

I sometimes wake up, some days more uncertain of the future than others. But I comfort myself knowing that my latter days will be more glorious than my former days. No matter who wins the election in Ghana come December 7, I will live and I will live well. 

It’s not as bad as it looks; that is if you’re looking through the lenses of faith. If not, I’m afraid I’ve no other hopeful words to share. I wish Trump and his incoming administration the very best. For all of our sakes, may he do well. 
© Josephine Amoako 2016.

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. niifakye says:

    I like this, i do.. Believe it or not i also tipped Trump to win. The protesting and almost riots I can’t think far. Like you said, if it was African, the world will know how uncivilized we’re with democracy. Hmm! This life. Well! i liked some of Trump’s policies and i believe he’ll make an unthinkable difference. God be his guidance.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes ooo, may God guide his steps. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts, Nii☺

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  2. cigarman501 says:

    I wish I had your optimism. I may have become too cynical in my old age. I applaud your outlook and loved reading about it.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks, Cigarman. It shall be well. 👍

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  3. Bart Sethric says:

    Trump won because, lowkey, most white Americans think like him. He’s their voice, saying everything they’ve been thinking. …..*Reality*

    It was a good read. Whatever happens in Ghana, God’s got our back.
    Thank you Josey.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      True, God’s got our back. Thanks for reading, Bart. ☺

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  4. Patricia says:

    I’ve never seen anything like these protests. I think people here, meaning America, didn’t listen in class. We are not a Democracy. We are a Democratic Republic. We shall all pray for the best.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, let’s keep praying

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  5. LightWriters says:

    God’s ways are not our ways. He lifts up one, and lays low another. Trump has flaws like we all do, but he also cares about keeping it real. God sees that, and God raised him up for this time, when the USA’s been sliding into total debt, division, and darkness, driven by those who don’t know God. I pray for God’s blessing on Trump’s presidency and for unity in the USA instead of one side against another which gets people nowhere.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Amen. God bless you!

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  6. joliesattic says:

    You stated the obvious simply and honestly. I applaud your observation. I know that people think the election was perceived as won by low class, bigoted whites, but that was because every time the media interviewed anyone that was who they picked from the crowds to interview and show. The media was not on his side as you so aptly observed.
    Although I did not vote for either, I prayed to God that He pick the one more apt to do this country well. There were many things I did not like about Trump, but at the same time there was much that I did. I think some of his statements were out in left field but I’m hoping his advisers will temper that. This country needs someone who is fearless, and not part of the corrupt political machine we have suffered with in the past and I do believe God knew that as well. I know that his supporters were as diverse as Clinton’s were, only that was minimized, but no matter.
    My husband likened the protesters to “spoiled children throwing temper tantrums”. Trump has his work cut out for him and I hope he continues to rely on God in the work he has ahead of him.
    As one who believes in God, contrary to popular opinion, He is fair and just as was Jesus and far more tolerant than He’s been depicted. We will see how it all plays out.
    Loved your post and I too, wish the best for Ghana.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Jolie. I really pray God will work through him. And thanks for your wishes concerning my country’s elections as well.

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  7. Kwame Whyte says:

    I wish I could have as optimistic an outlook but I can’t right now. While God may have a plan for him and all of us, the world we want only comes when we take action and protect our fellow man. I get that the protests make ppl feel uncomfortable but everyone in this country is crying out for change and revolution but are afraid when ppl who want the same thing take constitutional tactics to achieve it. I applaud anyone in any country that protests because it means you’ve found something bigger than you to fight for. Isn’t that what every true respected and revolutionary leader did? They didn’t wait for change or ask for permission, or worry about everyone feeling comfortable; they took action.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I understand your sentiments, Kwame. As long as the protests don’t become violent,it’s cool. But he’s the elect now, what other choice do we have but to give him the chance to lead?

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  8. gracelarbi says:

    Reblogged this on gracelarbi and commented:
    Sure irrespective of who wins we will still live !!!!!

    The heart of the king is in God’s hand indeed!

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  9. I was very shock too being a Hillary Fan. But I think I also realised something that sometimes it is hard to measure what’s truly in the heart of people and I think many people might have “cussed” at Donald but he was in their hearts.
    Also I believe we must be willing to make our voices heard no matter how unpopular…that way we open ourselves up to seen by people exactly how we are…and I guess if that’s a bad thing…somehow we will find a way to work on ourselves.
    Good piece Jo.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Great insight, Josie. Thanks for sharing 👍

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  10. Mary Lou says:

    I believe that God is with us through everything in life. I have the same question about “How Trump was able to appeal to that many American voters without the help of the media still baffles me.” I have trouble thinking that God’s hand was in this and had a part in making him president. He appealed to a very ugly, not Godly, side of people. I even question where all those votes came from just like we question his campaign every step of the way. It’s so good to know we have your prayers. May we have the strength and courage to face what might be ahead.
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    1. joseyphina says:

      It is well, Mary Lou. God is still in charge 👐

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  11. joliesattic says:

    I remember years ago there was a saying, that “there is no fear but fear itself”, fear is what the enemy uses to stall us or stop us in our tracks. At some point in life, we must give it all up to a higher power. My biggest concern is that protesters, by their dissension, will actually create a wider chasm among the people in this country. They and the media are imputing wrong motives such as bigotry and hate, to the people who voted for him. Shows on TV, now airing, focus on racial strife from the past geared to incite and keep the flames of hate fanned. I and other friends, even those who voted for Hillary have seen more hatred from the left than would have ever been demonstrated had he lost. Oh, the “right” would have belly ached loudly but there would not have been riots or street blockages through protests but for some reason that has not been their modis operandi. It’s going to take Christians and other God fearing peoples to stand up to that and show that nothing could be further from the truth and it will not be easy. I have a black grandson and my hope for him is that we can overcome this so that when he is grown this will be just another page in history and one that is left there like much of the past should remain. Dredging up injustices of the past can be learned from but should not be used to keep us there.

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  12. It definitely wasn’t wasn’t what I was expecting, but I’m always hopeful and postitive no matter the outcome of life. All things happen for a reason, after all…

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    1. joseyphina says:

      Yes, I believe so too. Thanks for passing by, Anthony 😊

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      1. Thanks for sharing your views!

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  13. Rayna says:

    If you’re not looking through the lens of faith, perhaps you could take advice from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Don’t Panic.

    A Trump presidency doesn’t spell immediate doom. A president doesn’t have unilateral power to sweep away our daily life and stop the world from turning with the stroke of a pen.

    You express yourself so eloquently. This post offers some good encouragement and well-considered thoughts.

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    1. joseyphina says:

      I agree, Rayna. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 😊

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