So we have ourselves a new president. Being on this side of the world we were able to watch as the election was actually called and got to see the acceptance speech live. We’ve also seen so much gnashing of teeth, tears, and gloating on-line that I felt compelled to add my thoughts to the mix. Those of you who know me well, know where I stand politically and my general thoughts on this last election season. That being said, let me now add that regardless of how you voted ‘we shouldn’t celebrate too much right now nor should we be too despondent because our country is more than one election, more than one president, and America is great so long as Americans are good.’
The core of being American is not encapsulated in our president, our government, our parties – it is an idea. It is an idea that has been a force of goodness and beacon in the world since it’s inception. That idea belongs to us all. It is our responsibility to safeguard it. Most importantly, no one party, president, or person can take that idea away from us. Others can destroy the tangible results of that idea but the idea itself is part of the American soul.
As we look to the future it is easy to see trouble. If that trouble comes to be we will have to stand together to weather the storm. We must defend voices screaming things we hate to keep others from silencing our own. We have to work with those we vehemently disagree with and we CAN do that in order to do good. This is the opportunity and the choice before all of us. One side can dismiss ‘irrational’ fears or we can listen to and try to understand each other. The other side can scream ‘racist’ and ‘sexist’ or we can speak to each other without anger. We must stand together for everyone’s right to free speech, religion, and to live our lives the way we want. We do not have to agree on everything to work together to do good.
“With a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”