No matter which side wins this election we must not allow the disrespectful, derisive and partisan behavior to continue. Both sides of the political aisle need to put away the anger and animosity and find ways to work toward solutions to the very real problems that exist in our society and expect that the President, no matter which party he/she represents, will lead in that effort.
That will be a tall task after the bitter political fight we’ve been in for the past year or so. Insults and affronts are hard to forget and the wounds of so many slights and slurs will not easily mend. But it is imperative that we restore civility into our lives because the ugly alternative is a prolonged political bitterness that will spoil a new presidency and last at least another four years. The nation may not survive such a divide.
Forgiveness is never easy but it is the right thing to do, and now is the time for it. Beginning Wednesday November 9 the good of the country must come ahead of personal differences and the will of the electorate must be respected. If your opponent wins please be gracious in defeat and salute their accomplishment; conversely if your candidate succeeds expect – and demand – that they govern humbly. In either case both sides should reach out in a genuine effort to work together and begin the healing.
We the people permitted this political campaign to descend into such bitterness. It is we who can – must – bring that to an end.