Having been a registered voter for the past 41 years, I’ve had the opportunity to vote in several elections. I consider voting a privilege and a responsibility. Going into the voting booth, I’ve usually felt very secure in my voting decisions. It was with some degree of angst and disdain that I cast my ballot this year.
You see, going into this election, I was struck by feelings I’ve generally had in the past when I’ve heard about the controversies experienced by many third world countries when they held governmental elections. I’ve often felt some degree of embarrassment for those countries and felt fortunate to be in a country where we don’t have to confront those issues; at least to that degree. Well, I guess we’ve descended to that level. So, now it has passed…or has it? When I heard there were demonstrations, and even riots, in various cities my first thought was: I thought this might happen if Secretary Clinton had been elected due to some of the statements made by Mr. Trump and some of his constituency. To hear statements like “he’s not my president” make me think back to when Mr. Obama was elected; accept I don’t recall organized demonstrations or riots. I only recall hearing this said by individuals. I feel, since the American Civil War, our country has never been more divided. I understand many feel an extreme since of being let down, even depressed, by the results of the election. I think many folks sincerely felt it would turn out differently. It’s the vicious reaction of many that I don’t get. I mean, what happened to tolerance? Does tolerance only work when it’s in one’s own favor?
I believe now is the time for the people of the United States to do what they know is right. That is, to be kind to one another. You know, like what Jesus meant when he said we should treat others in the way we want to be treated. Once the elections are over, we can’t always do a lot about what the government will or won’t do other than offer our opinions. But we can still effect the changes we want to some degree by respecting each other and our differences.
There’s one other thing. I still believe in the Constitution of the United States and how it governs our government and protects us from tyranny. There are some sharp individuals in our government that are considered constitutional experts and we need to rely on them to “watch the shop” as it is. Remember, all our elected officials swear an oath to defend and uphold the Constitution of the United States. To do otherwise is tantamount to treason.
So, let’s all hang on and, yes, pray, because the next year is going to be something!