I can’t say I know exactly how I’d feel if the President hadn’t won re-election. Deeply disappointed, I’m sure. Heartbroken, probably. Maybe even angry.
But I do know this: I would not be taking it out on my fellow citizens.
Enough is enough. It’s time to move on. I say that to Democrats as much as I do to Republicans. No more gloating, no more blame, and for goodness’ sake no more hate and vitriol. From either side.
I’m not talking about intelligent, measured post-game analysis. It’s fine to look at what worked and what didn’t and learn from it. It’s the irrational, ugly responses that trouble me.
I freely admit that some Democrats have rubbed the other side’s nose in it too much. Let’s be gracious in victory.
But it’s the unrestrained anger I’m seeing and hearing from some Republicans that’s downright disturbing. These are actual quotes, seen online or heard in person.
“Our country is ruined. We’ll all be communists now.”
“I’m not hiring any more employees. No one can force me to give them health insurance.”
“My family’s wealth helped stimulate this economy. Why doesn’t my vote count more than the vote of some loser who doesn’t even have a job?”
“The President would never have won if all those sluts hadn’t voted with their vaginas.”
“I refuse to tip anyone ever again. I know all those people voted for the President.”
“It’s your fault that China is going to own our country now, because you voted for that guy who isn’t even an American.”
Putting aside the ignorance of these statements, the unabashed hatred and divisiveness is painful to witness. As the President has said time and time again, we aren’t always going to agree but we have to work together if we’re going to move forward.
Do these angry citizens who want to inflict more suffering on the middle class or hurl insults at others, including the President, think they’re doing our country a favor? Can’t they see that they are making the problem worse?
I will fight to the bitter end to help our President achieve the goal of bipartisanship in Washington, to reach across the aisle and find ways to compromise that are fair for everyone.
Most of us want exactly the same things. Freedom. Happiness. Security. Good health and strong communities. But when ideology becomes more important than our shared humanity, we begin to lose the chance of ever finding solutions that make it possible for everyone to have these things — provided they’re willing to work for them and do their fair share.
If you’re one of the people who still wants to place blame or is still hating your neighbor who voted the other way or is still gloating over victory, it’s time to stop. Because you’re part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Now is the time to come together as a nation, put country before party and get to work.
It’s what I plan to do. I hope you’ll join me.
So well put!!!
Lol, it will be hard to end 20+yrs of loathing for the defeated candidate but I’ll try. (TMI warning)Before he ran for public office, I visited his company for a little insurance audit. His employees were difficult and unpleasant. The 1994 MA Senate race(against Senator Kennedy) has a personal aspect. My ex-GF’s father worked for the defeated candidate. My ex-GF made comments about Senator Kennedy that were….uncalled for…I, of course, overreacted and said some things I regret…although we did patch things up afterwards….I admire that you and Joe Quincy can deal with different political views.
Cheers to you!
“He serves his party best who serves his country best”. -Rutherford B. Hayes(I was assigned Hayes in 3rd Grade, been a fan ever since)
Thanks, Kirk. I appreciate the kind words and your efforts to put aside differences. I’ll pass along your compliment to Joe, too. We do believe bipartisanship is key to any relationship, political or otherwise.
I mean let’s be honest – no one likes to lose. Ever. Especially when it’s something you care deeply about. But I have always remembered one saying – “no matter whether you win or lose, act like you have been there before.” We will all experience both sides of competition. And we will all be best served to act like we have been there before when its over.
Well said, Joe. We would all do well to think of those wise words often. Because we all have been there before, and will be there again.
I’m with you! I am never as gracious as you are, but I aspire to be. And I feel like we have a real chance to make some progress in the next four years.
I can’t imagine a higher compliment, Rosie. Thank you. I admire your fierce honesty and generous heart — and, yes, gracious spirit. I’m equally optimistic about the future.