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?
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.