This way too long, lamentable, and polarizing, election is OVER. Hence, you’re probably dancing with joy or feeling pretty damn upset.
If you’re dancing with joy, take time to celebrate. Whoop it up! Go out on the town! Revel with friends who are on the same team!
If you’re upset, however, you may not know what to do with your angry, apprehensive, sorrowful feelings. You may want to strike out, take revenge, refuse to accept the results of the election.
Those are perfectly normal feelings. After all, this has been such a hot, heavy and crazy election. And the outcome has not gone your way. But I urge you to remember one over-riding fact. We are all Americans. And we must all come together.
Why? Because we live in a democracy. Yes, it’s a messy democracy; a chaotic democracy. And more recently, a tumultuous democracy. At times like these, we may think that democracies don’t work. We’ll never be able to get along. We’re just too different. Why not scratch the whole damn idea and let a benevolent dictator take charge.
But, think again.
Benevolent dictators don’t stay so benevolent after they’ve gained power. Hence, as messy as our democracy is, let us be grateful for it. It’s an experiment that is 240 years old and has gone through many ups and downs but has always landed on its feet.
Though democracy has proven itself to be the best form of government (look at all the immigrants who are seeking to come here), we need to admit that our democracy has got a problem. Too many people feel disenfranchised, disillusioned and disgusted with the workings of government.
So, if your candidate lost, take time to get over your disappointment.
But instead of remaining angry and disillusioned with our political system, rev up your energy to work within the system
to enhance our democracy, expand our well-being and empower those who have been left behind.