Today I am thankful that regardless of our differences, and they are many, we are not red states and blue states, we are The United States. Now is the time to find common ground and reject derision and fear, because we are in this crazy, wonderful, awesome experiment together and the only way it works is when people are willing to come to the table with open minds and engage in civil discourse.
What fascinates me, most of all, is that in America we appear to have a distinct split between two very different and seemingly diametrically opposed points of view. I'm not sure how we get there from here especially when basic civility seems to have been abandoned. If my Facebook feed is any indication, it's going to be a tough row to hoe. I don't, however, believe it's impossible. Ultimately, I think it's clear that an extremist agenda on either side of the aisle is not viable. The majority of the people seek the middle ground and I think that's what the election results convey.
And perhaps, if both sides of the aisle can reach towards the center, we can find it.
We will have to trust that this experiment has worked so far and with a willingness to find compromise, it can continue to work. What I'd like to see, personally, is real campaign finance reform. When elected officials owe favors to corporate interests, we all lose. Corporations are not people and lobbyists and Super Pacs are not working with the interests of the people at heart. I think that's a problem on both sides of the aisle that will not be fixed until the people demand it.
As for folks who woke up today feeling as if their team lost, try to remember that we're all on the same team. It's not a football game. We aren't enemies. We may have opposing points of view, but we all ultimately long for the same things. No one 'team' won a clear victory, the American people voted right down the middle. And that is where we start.
E Pluribus Unum.
From many, one.