Praise the Lord and pass the biscuits! The election is over! OOVVEERR!
We have a new President, we have a new Congress, we have new local officials and we have an uncertain future. But we all need to shake this election off and get on with our every-day, blessed American life.
A majority of voters have spoken and that should mean something to all Americans. Because this country believes firmly in the principles of Democracy. We accept the outcome of elections. And we transfer power peacefully.
I don’t let politics dictate who my friends are, and I hope to goodness most folks don’t either. I don’t let politics alter my mind-set, I’m neither pessimistic nor optimistic about my government. I don’t fear it. I accept it for what it is, a necessity of a functioning society. But some let it bother them to the point that they’ll sacrifice long-time friends, spew hatred and defiance, and show little respect to those in power.
I have friends of all stripes and in most cases I’d like to keep them as friends. I hope they feel the same about me. They are people I depend on, confide in, pal around with, and conduct business with. I’m not letting politics ruin that. They are entitled to their beliefs the same as I am. Things are divisive enough, let’s not turn on each other; let the politicians do that!
This country has always had raucous presidential elections, even in the good old days, and we’ve survived every one of them. Our forefathers fought fierce political campaigns, called each other slanderous names and played low-down nasty tricks on one another. Those things didn’t just start in this election. So let’s not argue about the way things used to be.
We vote on our president every four years. We can throw the bum out if a majority of voters feel he or she has not performed, or we can give them a second term. Time and actions will dictate that.
Our new president will be inaugurated in January and we’ll continue on with normal life. Government will function as it always has, pleasing us at times and disgusting us at other times. A democratic republic is probably not the greatest system, but it works, and it’s made us the greatest nation on earth.
To continue we must all stick together as Americans. That doesn’t mean we’ll agree with each other. It’s probably healthier that we don’t. But let’s move on, together as best we can, and see what the future brings. It might surprise us.