One nation, under God

by Chris Hash.

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We have  now come to the end of one of the most polarizing, bitter, mean-spirited election cycles in memory.

Some are elated; some are devastated. Some find their hopes renewed; others find their hopes dashed. Some are relieved; others are fearful. All of us watch now to see what will happen next.

America elected a new president last night. But America is not her president.

America elected many new leaders last night. But America is not those leaders.

America is her people – her millions of small, ordinary, obscure people.

The election has ended. Looking at the electoral vote, Donald Trump won handily. But looking at the popular vote, this election was remarkably close. The demographics of this election show sharp factions among the American people.

Some may say the system failed. I say, it didn’t.

The people spoke. The stage has been set for power to pass from one president to another, peacefully. And although many may feel immense social pressure to “shut up,” Americans still have the freedom to study the issues, form their opinions, and speak their minds. Whether or not we do so, is largely up to us.

The election is over. But there is still so much to do. We have to keep caring. We have to keep trying. We have to keep thinking. We have to keep talking.

In all of this, we have to respect each other. We have to respect that even though we may see things differently – so differently – that is our right. America is about the ability to disagree and to say what we think, freely. The ability to vote our conscience, whatever that might be. The right, and the responsibility, to create the life we want to have, so far as that is in our power. And to respectfully allow others to do the same.

This morning, it’s time to respect each others’ thoughts and feelings. It’s time to be gracious. It’s time to be kind. It’s time to be as inclusive as possible. It’s time to retain our diversity, but to focus more on what unites us and less on what divides us. It’s time to work together as best we can.

It’s time to remember that we are, indeed, “One nation, under God.”

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