Times Staff Report
November 6, 2012
And now, here are four words we know are guaranteed to bring a smile to just about everyone’s face:
The election is over.
As we write this editorial, we do not know the winners of yesterday’s races. However, regardless of who emerged victorious, now is a perfect time for those on all ends of the political spectrum to stop, take a deep, calming breath and then reach out to those with whom you disagree.
The greatness of America is not that we can choose our leaders, but that we do so peacefully. But judging from the tone of some of this year’s rhetoric, from all sides, now would a good time to begin repairing relationships.
On Monday, we saw a Rasmussen poll that found that 27 percent of Americans had experienced deep divisions with friends or family members over this year’s election.
Now, don’t get us wrong. We do not share the opinion that our country is as divided as some pundits would have us believe. We certainly do not think the divisions in this country are nearly as bad as they have been at other times in our history. After all, our nation experienced an actual Civil War a century-and-a-half ago.
But the national mood isn’t at its most shining, either. Political rhetoric has taken an increasingly ugly tone over the past two decades or so, and it seems to have reached its nadir in this cycle. At least, we hope it has. We hope this is the low from which we can begin to rebound.
We should, and must, remember that we are all Americans first. We should concede that even those whose agendas and beliefs are most diametrically opposed to our own are still people who wish for our nation to succeed, and who have its best interests in their hearts. They simply disagree with us over how to create a better future, and sometimes over what that better future should look like.
We should remember that anyone who chooses a life of public service is a patriot who has chosen to work toward an ideal on behalf of the rest of us. Maybe we do not agree with them on the specifics, but we should not question their loyalty. Words like “traitor” and “treason” should be uttered or even heard rarely in any person’s lifetime.
This is America. We are Americans. We have our differences, but we have achieved our shared glory through our ability to extract the best ideas from all corners, to form the best system of government the world has ever seen.
— The Floyd County Times