Has this been the longest campaign cycle in history? It certainly seems like it. Politics, in one form or another has dominated the news and conversations for at least the last three years. Nearly a dozen different men and one woman have vied for the most powerful, frustrating, and impossible job in the world. At times a sane person would wonder why anyone would want the position.
And now it is finally over. Today half the country is happy, relieved, and vindicated. The other half is bitter, disappointed, and predicting doom for the American way of life. By most estimates over six billion dollars was spent to produce those results, which really changed nothing: The Republicans still control the House, the Democrats the Senate, and Mr. Obama is in the White House.
It is important to remind ourselves that, unlike many other countries around the globe, the upset and disappointed are not rioting in the streets or burning government buildings. There is no concern of insurrection or plots to overthrow the winner. Heated rhetoric is about the worst we can expect as things return to normal (whatever that means anymore).
Over the past few hundred years our citizens have elected world class leaders, tremendous intellects, and stirring visionaries. At times we have also chosen poorly and turned our future over to men not up to the task....and yet we are still here. The office of the president is bigger than one man and one election.
The time to debate the wisdom of our collective choice will begin soon enough. I'm sure, somebody, somewhere, is already laying plans to start his or her campaign organization for 2016. Our permanent election cycle takes only the briefest of pauses.
But, at least for a little while, I ask that we all rally around the victor and fight the urge to either gloat or bemoan the outcome.
I congratulate Barack Obama. I pray for his safety and success, discernment and wisdom. I thank God I live in America where a post like this can be written and published without fear.
I also pray that the members of Congress and their leaders step away from the dark corners of extreme partisanship and work together to solve our serious problems. Refusing to compromise is no way to govern and not the foundation upon which this country was built.
It is over...finally.
God Bless the United States of America.