Election season is over. I think we can all be happy about that, even if we aren’t all happy about the outcome. I will admit that I was pleased with the national results, especially all of the wins by women, but still… I’m uncertain. If I had to describe my mood it would be cautiously optimistic. Emphasis on the cautious. My main concern is where do we go from here?
It is clear that we are a country split down the middle. For the last four years it seems like we have all been at each other’s throats. No one wants to compromise because then maybe, just maybe, something will get done and that will look like a win for the other side. How did we get to be like that? And what can we do about it?
First, I think we need to rejoice, and we need to mourn. If you were fighting for the side that won, you deserve to be happy. Being happy is not the same as gloating. Even if you are shouting it from the rooftops. At the same time, the side that did not come out the victor has the right to mourn the loss. It is perfectly normal to be disappointed, and they are not bad people for feeling a little bit saddened about the outcome. Let them grieve.
Second, we need to quit being so offended all the time. We all need to understand that everything you see is not a challenge against your beliefs. Differing opinions are just that, differing opinions. We all have different reasons for choosing to support the candidates we do. The issues that are most important to me may not be the same as the ones that are to you. We may have completely different philosophical points of view on how the country should be ran. That doesn’t make you a bad person, and it doesn’t make me one either.
Third, pack the negativity up and put it away. If you are bitter, get over it. Losing is not the end of the world. I don’t care what Chuck Norris said. If you are gloating, stop it. It is just plain rude and nasty and it does nothing to encourage cooperation, which is something we so desperately need right now.
Fourth (and most importantly), we need to encourage our elected officials to work together. A swift end needs to be put to the filibustering of Congress. We, as a people, need to let our congressmen know that it is completely unacceptable, and kind of toddlerish. Just because the other team doesn’t want to play your game doesn’t mean you get to take your toys and go home. Grow the fuck up. Learn how to compromise. Work TOGETHER! ALL of you. Because if you don’t the next election may just find all of you in time out.
I plan to write letters to all of the representatives from my area, old and new, pleading with them to work with the other side. To please stop the pissing match with our country (not in those words of course). We have different views of how we get there, but we all have the same goal, a stronger, brighter future for our country. God bless America.
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