Imagine today how many lives have been changed by the election of Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States.
In January of 2009, Barack Obama – the soon-to-be former president – famously boasted: "Elections have consequences – and at the end of the day, I won."
The day after Election Day 2016 might have brought dread for many people, but for others, it brought tangible relief – and Donald Trump's victory will indeed have real consequences for real people. For example ...
... Imagine the thousands of Americans, sick and in need of medical care, who not only can no longer see their own doctors but can no longer afford their premiums. Imagine healthy families whose backs are breaking under the weight of unfathomably high deductibles, forced still to buy insurance or endure financial punishment from the IRS, busting their budgets and creating fear and uncertainty.
... Imagine thousands of soldiers deployed overseas with an uncertain mission strapped by unbelievable rules of engagement, watching colleagues slaughtered by "friendly fire" with a military leadership either too dumb or selfishly ambitious to care.
... Imagine border ranchers who for years have endured the scourge of illegal immigrants invading their property, committing crimes against them and their neighbors, forced to helplessly watch because a rogue Obama INS refused to enforce the law.
... Imagine coal miners in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania and Kentucky whose lifelong jobs have vanished and skills waned, struggling to take care of their families and keep their self respect because a smug, outlaw president decided to destroy their industry in order to delusionally "save the planet."
... Imagine the joy and relief of FBI agents who risked their careers by refusing orders by an out-of-control Justice Department to destroy important evidence on the laptops of Hilary Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson.
... Imagine members of the NYPD and New York branch of the FBI who, upon finding unbelievably vile and potentially criminal information on Anthony Wiener's laptop, risked their pensions and their children's future by withstanding threats from that same Justice Department in order to do what was right and preserve the nation.
Yes, elections have consequences. And today, for those of us who have worked tirelessly to expose the corruption and lies of the Clinton machine, we bow our heads and thank God that they do.
Sandy Rios is director of governmental affairs for the American Family Association, host of "Sandy Rios in the Morning on AFR Talk" (7-8 a.m. Central weekdays), and a FOX News contributor.
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