I want to go out on a limb and make a few bold predictions about the outcome of the election today:
(1) The sky will not fall;
(2) The Republic will endure;
(3) Nearly half of all Americans will believe that a bad actor won;
(4) A fair number on the winning side will feel a tinge of buyer’s remorse: “Couldn’t we have done better—nominated someone stronger?”;
(5) Gridlock will continue at the National level;
(6) None of the serious problems facing this Country will magically go away; and yet,
(7) Americans will find a way.
That last bit’s the key. The spirit of America is resilience: the greater the challenge, the greater our resolve. But we cannot accomplish great things as a Nation in perpetual war with each other: us v. them, the politics of division and derision, “A house divided against itself …” We must instead look for common ground, for principles that unite rather than divide, and we must devote ourselves to doing our own small part to weave stronger the fabric of this great political experiment we call “America.”
For my part, I commit to listen better, and to try to better understand perspectives that differ from my own. That’s what I promise to do in the spirit of making our Nation stronger. What will you do? What offering will you lay on the altar of liberty?