November 7, 2012

It is Over...Finally

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.







25 comments:

  1. Beautifully said! I only wish this could find its way to every American as food for thought and a plan of action, starting with our state and federal leaders. I grieve over all the money spent to fund this election and can't help but think how much good it could have done for those in need.

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    1. 6 billion dollars and all we got was a bunch of sound bites and no solutions to our urgent problems. Yes, the money could have solved some real problems.

      But, that is our system which is still better than any others for allowing the people to decide. Now, we move forward, hopefully together.

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  2. Thank you for a very poignant and neutral post. Thank God for a country where we can make these choices, participate in our government and voice our thoughts and priciples. God bless and keep our precious country!

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    1. At this stage of the process we are best served by banding together and supporting the will of the majority. A period of grieving and rejoicing is natural, but it should be short-lived. We face massive problems that confront us all whether we label ourselves democrat, republican, libertarian, independent, green....whatever.

      Labels are fine for clothing but don't solve anything important. The time for division is over.

      Thanks, Linda.

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  3. Looking forward to a time of compormise. It happened in Clinton's second term.
    I have seen places that do not choose their leaders.
    I choose the US every single time.
    Move forward!

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    1. Move forward...the only sensible choice. Thanks, Janette.

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  4. You helped remind me to be grateful for living in a great country. Thanks!

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    1. We all need an occasional reminder that even with all our problems there is no other, better option.

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  5. Bob,

    The divide is so deep and the corners are so dark I fear more of the same and that won't help anyone. My prayer is that the middle will find a great voice and demand to be heard and that we will hold our Representatives accountable when they pay more attention to politics than governance.

    Our Nation can heal, but we all have make a positive contribution toward that end - starting with turning off the mind numbing, brain washing news broadcast from every network!

    Thanks for an excellent post.

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    1. Thank you Suzanne and Malcolm.

      Some day I'll ask you to explain Florida's unique problems in counting ballots and holding elections! As of this morning there is no final winner.

      I finally turned everything off just before 9 PM our time last night and am back to no television.

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    2. Bob, You've been to Florida right? Need I say more? :)

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  6. I didn't vote for Obama. Yet, today he is the President.
    I will honor that office with my prayers and, hope that
    this time around great things will happen. :)

    I love America.

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    1. Honoring the office and what it stands for is all of our duty.

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  7. I wish the pundits would change the colors. This permanet showing of red and blue is too much like gang colors. In the past the colors changed from year to year.

    But I echo your feelings with a hope for better things to come, mostly the lessening of reason and compromise.

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    1. Since I don't pay a lot of attention to the "blue state and red state" stuff up until recently I couldn't remember which color stood for which party!

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  8. Today I just feel sick, however, your post is a mood booster. Thank you!

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    1. I am the doctor! Take a deep breath and remember the 2016 election is less than 4 years away.

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  9. Well Bob I think your post was excellent! People can always look negative on things OR they can count their blessings.Regardless of who won the election today would be pretty much the same, as you noted senate is the same,congress the same and guess what no matter who is President the recovery will take time and a day at a time NO ONE had a magic wand.People like to think if so and so won we would be much better off....Really? what would change quickly? Nothing the system doesn't work that way.Notice at our own houses nothing changes quickly- most people made small changes,developed a plan and the successful ones stayed on track.It sounds like you did that in planning for retirement.No blame game no excuses just recognizing basics and what needs to be done to get to the goal.

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    1. It will be interesting to see if our leaders got one of the messages from this election: fix things and stop all your posturing.

      We tend to work best when our backs are against the wall and that is where they are now.

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  10. Before the next election, I encourage all to read more about political histories. Especially that of ancient Greece, allegedly the very first democracy. Lots of issues there that are still popping up. And about some of the earliest (and crazy) political contests in the United States. My dear, departed father used to frequently paraphrase Churchill (I think) that democracy is the messiest form of government, but is a whole lot better than any of the other options.

    And I also encourage all to get involved in political processes, if you haven't already, whether is is writing to elected officials, participating in local politics, serving on your local election board, and/or running for office of some sort (which gives one an astonishing perspective of the pressures of serving the public).

    And finally, seniors, I have found, often tend toward a real pessimism about politics and about our country, too often inundated by the media about its flaws and conflicts (which "sells newspapers"). There is a great deal about this country and its citizens to appreciate and value, if you are willing to look. Let's stay involved and let's stay positive.

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  11. Very well said Bob.
    I read a great editorial in the paper today, by William Sametan who writes for Slate, that kind of sums up how far we've strayed with our extreme politics. It was titled 'Good News for Republicans'. He simply stated that Barack Obama is basically a moderate Republican, or what that used to mean.
    We have to come back to center and recognize how diverse this nation truly is, then honor that.
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  12. Banjo Steve has a good point. Whenever I would grow dismayed by the disturbing and violent rhetoric in comment sections of some articles or blogs, I would go back and review the history of some of our presidential campaigns. We've seen campaigns that included labeling the candidate's wives and mothers with ugly names, all sorts of stuff that made our last campaign seem rather tame in comparison. We survived those campaigns as a nation, I would remind myself,and we would survive this one. While I'm happy with the result, my husband is not, and we're still married, still making plans together, still getting along just fine through 43 years of cancelling each others' votes. We're far more alike in our values and goals than we are different, and so are most of us in the United States. Maybe people could start, though, by honoring the office of the president even if they don't like the choice and calling him President Obama. I certainly have never called a Republican president by his name without that label in front of it, whether I agreed with all his policies or not. We dishonor ourselves and our nation and not the person holding the office. I would certainly be writing President Romney today and not Mitt if the elections had turned out differently.

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  13. I am glad the elections are over and life is returning to whatever is normal these days.

    I try to make a difference in my circle of influence. I serve on the planning commission for my small city. I mediate for the dispute resolution center in my county. I try to maintain a positive relationship with my family and friends. I read and think. I listen.

    That's the best I can do for now.

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    1. Not letting politics come between friends and family is a laudable goal..one not easily achievable!

      "I listen" is the step that too many folks skip. They are too busy yelling.

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