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A personal note to staff

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The day after the election we awoke to find out what everyone thought was impossible had happened. The polling all along had given Hillary Clinton a substantial lead. Just the other night a Princeton stats professor was on saying that he gave her odds of winning at 99%+. Most other “pundits” went along with that assessment. To say that I was shocked with the election outcome would be an understatement.

No matter how you voted realize that broadly Americans have spoken. Even though Hillary won the popular vote, that is not how presidents are currently chosen in our system. For those of us who have strong liberal tendencies it is easy and natural to immediately give into very negative emotions, but don’t let them overwhelm you. I am personally struggling with the idea that America can elect such a divisive, abhorrent figure whose election was based on playing to people’s fears rather than their hopes and dreams. The fact that hate crimes are rapidly on the rise and suicide prevention lines have phones ringing off the hook is likely only a taste of things to come.

As I have strong concerns over this election outcome, (and I have to admit much embarrassment), I know there are millions and millions of others within America who are now struggling with utmost despair and extreme fearfulness. We must protect the most vulnerable in our society. On a personal level, let me say I will not abandon them, and I will not abandon you, those of you who are personally struggling with this outcome. Rather than giving into despair we must fight back against the hatred that this president elect has unleashed. We have a long road ahead.

Winston Churchill once said of us, “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” Hopefully we will come to our senses soon and do the right thing for all of us.  America as a nation is strong and both America and OrgVitality will get through this period of uncertainty. Should anyone want or need to talk through this, please give me a call. Jeff

Written by Jeffrey M. Saltzman

November 11, 2016 at 10:21 pm

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