Seismic shifts in American politics and culture have brought us to a moment of historic upheaval. Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States. For many, his triumph boggles the mind and rattles the soul. For others, it is reason for great rejoicing.
In 2016, everything we thought we knew about American politics turned out to be wrong. The modern political playbook has been turned on its head. Now, every indication points to a similarly uncertain path forward.
It is clear that Mr. Trump must get serious about governing. The stakes are too high and the issues too complex for anything less than responsible leadership. The world is not governed by principles alone, and in the coming days Mr. Trump must develop a team and an agenda that reflect this reality.
On many fronts, Mr. Trump has an opportunity to advance a much-needed conservative agenda. Repealing Obamacare, reforming the tax code and rolling back federal regulations are all policies that seem within reach. On other issues like trade and foreign policy, it is our hope that cooler heads will prevail.
It is clear that Mr. Trump must get serious about governing. The stakes are too high and the issues too complex for anything less than responsible leadership.
We also cannot ignore the fact that Mr. Trump has caused great pain in this electoral process. Millions of Americans feel marginalized by his victory in a way never before seen in American political history. Mr. Trump must show humility and listen to the concerns of all Americans as president.
In a speech delivered early Wednesday morning, he attempted to heal this divide. “Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he said. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.”
This year Americans voted for change. Tired of a continuous cycle of promises and letdowns from both parties, Americans elected a leader who promises to disrupt the status quo. While we may disagree about how exactly to make America great again, we realize this administration’s potential to advance policies that conservatives have long sought.
As Americans attempt to understand this remarkable and unexpected victory, we suggest that it is time to get serious about governing. There is much work to be done. Mr. Trump will be our president, and as Hillary Clinton said Wednesday, we owe him “an open mind and a chance to lead.”