Four years ago I wrote this message to America. Obviously, America didn’t listen. Let’s try again.
Here we are. Election day is finally here. It’s almost the same feeling as high school graduation. It seemed like it took forever to get here. We are relieved it’s finally here, but we can’t help being anxious about what the future holds. We celebrate the end and hold out hope that tomorrow will bring success.
When the election is called for a candidate tonight there will once again be people on the winning side celebrating and disappointed people on the losing side. If you win, please win graciously. Take the time to listen to the other side. There is a reason they voted against you. Don’t just label them as the enemy and move on without considering that they might have some good ideas. They are still Americans and you are supposed to represent all of us, even the ones who voted for the other side. Work with the other party. Try to reach consensus on issues. Don’t be a dividing force.
If you lose, please lose graciously. Don’t claim the election is rigged. Don’t threaten or carry out violent protests. Don’t “take up your musket.” Don’t spend your days complaining, insulting and working to undermine the “enemy”. They are not the enemy. They will be your president. Treat them with the respect and dignity the office deserves. Work with them. Don’t work to block their agenda, their nominees, etc. The last thing we need is for the country to again grind to a halt over political differences. Be adults and work to find common ground.
A country divided is a country at risk. Don’t be a part of the problem.