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Editorial: America after the election

Published: Monday, November 12, 2012

Updated: Monday, November 12, 2012 15:11

Now that the election season is over, let’s take a moment to reflect.

The campaigns have now ended, the commercials have stopped playing and the ballots are being officially tallied. As we rehash the results, it’s important to remember just what is important.

Across all parties, across all platforms, there are people who love America and want it to succeed. True Americans come in every size, shape, age, race, gender, political party and religion. True Americans include those who were born here and those who immigrated here, hoping to find something better for themselves.

So as the political landscape begins to calm down, let’s remember that our commonalities far outweigh our differences. As Americans, we believe in the pursuit of our own happiness. We believe in equality for all people, that every vote should be equal. We agree that all people have certain rights. In other words, individuals are accorded the respect and dignity of human life, without exception.

Since we all agree on these points (perhaps with the exception of certain fringe groups), why do political issues always seem to turn to screaming matches and mud fights? Surely we can manage to have intelligent political discourse without hurling insults at one another. If we have divided ourselves so far along political lines that we can no longer calmly and respectfully discuss the important matters of the day, then something must change and it must change soon.

Americans have always prided themselves on being a melting pot of people, a nation of many cultures all coming together to make something bigger and more beautiful than our individual selves. If not immigrants ourselves, most of us are their descendants. Please pardon the expression, but we are a nation of mutts. We are a wonderful blend, a mixture. Our common heritage is that we have no common heritage: that we all come from somewhere different.

Intelligent and harkworking people are the backbone of American society. The sooner we acknowledge that we are all working together for a common goal, to make America the best place it can be, the sooner we will accomplish it.

Perhaps we should all take to carrying one solitary nickel with us wherever we go. On the back of a U.S. nickel is the phrase “E pluribus unum,” which roughly translates to “out of many, one.” Let that be all the inspiration we need to treat each other a little more respectfully.

 

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