Letter: Your candidate lost, so get over it

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The irony in the post-election hysteria that is sweeping the country is remarkable. The sore losers are upset that their candidate did not win the election. They are chanting slogans and carrying signs that tell us “Love Trumps Hate,” but unfortunately that only represents about 10 percent of their efforts. The other 90 percent seem to be more devoted to “Hate Trumps Trump.”

Why is it that some folks cannot accept losing? After each of the past two presidential elections, over 60 million American voters were disappointed when their guy was not elected. But they held no transnational demonstrations denouncing the outcome or demanding that the vote be changed because it did not turn out to their liking. Life went on.

What separates the behavior of the two groups? Is the current group on the losing side more immature, benighted, or lawless than the former? Have they gotten their way so often that it is inconceivable that they would ever be denied victory?

Losing is tough, but it is an undeniable part of life, and the sooner some of these protesters and rioters learn this lesson the better they will be for it. One can fight hard in support of a candidate or idea, but sometimes you don’t win. Instead of wailing and denouncing a result that cannot be changed, accept reality. Maybe next time you will win.

If these temper tantrums continue much longer, fair-minded people just might start wondering on which side the true “deplorables” reside.

Gerald Caruso
Falmouth 

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