It was on this fateful day, one-year-ago, November 08, 2016, that the spirit and the hope of many Americans to a better Republic, were drowned by the election of Donald Trump over Hilary Clinton as President of the United States(US).
The election in which Russia meddled, saddened and angered many Americans, including myself. Many of us believed Trump to be a divisive isolationist figure, thus unfit for the high office of President. We cried and we counseled our children that sometimes the way of the people is deferred for a particular purpose, which eventually and inevitably, will make a Republic stronger.
In less than a year since Trump took the oath of office, politics have become more split between political divides, stark differences have emerged per the attitudes of rural and urban Americans, bigotry has soared, hatred has deepened, associates of the president have been charged with crimes - and at least one, has pleaded guilty as a Russia-connection investigation continues amid a more isolated US as Trump has proposed removing the US from Paris Climate Change Agreement, the sole country now not to green-light the planet-saving accord.
But yesterday, some measure of hope returned to America as voters in two-key states, Virginia and New Jersey, voted overwhelmingly for two Democratic Governors in a rebuke to Trump's antics.
In Virginia, in what some were forecasting as a close race for Governor between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie, voters easily sent Northam to the chief executive position in Richmond, thereby handing Trump's Republican candidate, a decisive defeat. Northam gained 53.9 percent of the votes to Gillespie's 45 percent.
Virginia voters also gave victories to Democrat Justin Fairfax for Lieutenant Governor and to Democrat Mark Herring for Attorney General. All three top political spots in the Commonwealth of Virginia, were taken by democrats in a clean sweep.
Farther north in the State of New Jersey, Democrat Philip Murphy easily defeated his Republican opponent Kim Guadagno to become the next Governor, successfully changing the top State-position from Chris Christie's Republican party. Christie campaigned for Trump and has since become much disliked in New Jersey. He was barred from running due to term-limits and he perhaps, if he could, would have done worse than Guadagno.
The democratic victories in the states of Virginia and New Jersey amount to a litmus test of Donald Trump. Therefore, as if to provide some comfort and some hope from the sadness of last November, this November 2017, appears to usher in a season and a time of hope and a recovery of the American spirit - lost last November, but now pointing to the upcoming mid-term elections for Congress in 2018.
The 73rd Governor-elect of Virginia, Ralph Northam, 58, best summed up yesterday's indications: "Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness, that we will not condone hatred and bigotry - and to end the politics that have torn this country apart."