Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The Day After

As I write this, it's Tuesday, November 8, 2016. I'm sitting at my computer with a glass of wine and on the television behind me, Wolf Blitzer is telling me that 2% of the vote in Florida is in. Shit's getting real now; polls are closing and we all hope that it's going to be okay.


I chose my wine because we both think the other's candidate is a criminal; seemed fitting.

I'll schedule this to post tomorrow morning at 7am. I'll be up, a few cups of coffee into my day, kids off to school already. I'll be tuning into the morning news to find out all the scoop on what happened after I went to bed last night. After I go to bed tonight.

This is confusing.

So, let me just say this: I don't care who you voted for.

Yeah, that's not entirely true. I do hope that my candidate wins, as much as you hope that your candidate wins. I could ramble with some anti-your candidate messaging right now but I'm not going to. I've heard enough of that coming from both sides. That's not helpful right now and that's not what I'm concerned about right now.

I'm concerned about what comes next, regardless of whether your candidate or mine gets elected.

Because, here's the thing: what makes our democracy work is compromise. I haven't seen a lot of that in the past years, I've seen a lot of grandstanding and filibustering. I've made a lot of status updates that compare our lawmakers to stubborn toddlers and I've noted that my children know better and it's a shame that our elected officials don't.

But, here's the thing: there must be compromise. That's how our system of checks and balances works, because the person elected president isn't your president or my president; that person is OUR president. That person has to make decisions for everyone, help everyone, work for everyone, respect the rights of everyone.

Impossible? I sure as hell hope not.

No matter where you fall on this, I hope we can all come together, work together. No more name calling. No more "yours is worse than mine," no more anger or bitterness.

I make that pledge to my country. To work toward compromise, toward positive change, all while hoping that no matter what side you stand on, you will do the same.

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