2016 Manistee County Election Results
Next Regular Meeting
November 19, 2016
Meeting 10 AM
Headquarters Close Down
Words from the County Chair
Many Manistee Democrats gathered at our headquarters on election night. After working for many months on our local, state and national campaigns, we were optimistic and ready to celebrate our success. Some of our local candidates won their hard earned victories. We congratulate them and pledge our continued support and gratitude for their significant contributions.
Unfortunately the night did not go as expected for many Democratic Candidates. Trump carried many Republicans on his coat tails resulting in stunning losses for Lon Johnson, Dan Scripps and many of our local candidates. We continue to believe they are best qualified but they were unable to overcome the massive negative sentiments unleashed in the Presidential race.
So where do we go from here? How do we deal with the grief caused by this tragic loss? We are still in various stages of the grief process. At first, we tended to deny what was happening. We anxiously awaited results from the next precinct or the next State to show that all would be well. It did not take long for denial to subside and for us to realize that the results were real and irreversible.
Many of us are still justifiably angry. The results are catastrophic. But anger alone is unhealthy and unproductive. We have to move on.
Generally the next stage of grief is bargaining. Can we keep our Supreme Court Justices on the bench until a Democratic President can be elected? Can Democratic members of the House and Senate hold the line on the most draconian proposals of the new administration? Bargaining may help but we realize the losses are real and power truly has shifted.
This leaves many of us in the fourth stage of grief; depression. For me, this is characterized by not wanting to get up in the morning, lack of energy and a feeling of hopelessness. After all this work, what difference does it make? Is all hope lost?
Thankfully, depression can and will be replaced by acceptance. By acceptance, I do not mean giving up. As a Social Worker, I am taught to never accept an unacceptable injustice. But we can accept the reality of our situation and know that we have new challenges to overcome. We can accept that new opportunities must be found to make the world better for everyone.
There are many paths to success. Now, one of our paths is blocked. Rather than banging our head against the obstacle, we can step back and find a new path. We can keep up the fight, try new strategies and find new opportunities. In the end, good will prevail but only if we do not give up.
By: David Berns, Chair
Manistee County Democrats
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