I’m writing this blog on the eve of the 2016 election. Obviously, as I write this, I have no idea as to what the outcome will be. But, you know what, it doesn’t matter. Whether you vote for Trump or Clinton on Tuesday, we all have to wake up with each other on Wednesday morning. And once the election is over, what happens then?
The Trump vs. Clinton Presidential race has ranked as one of the nastiest, most contentious, most absurd (feel free to add any negative superlative) that America has seen in history. It was like watching an episode of the Jerry Springer show. Our country was already divided before the race and, now, the division is like the Grand Canyon. I will be the first to admit that I am not thrilled by most of the candidates running. I almost want to hit the reset button so that I can get a different set of options across the board. But, unlike some of my contemporaries who choose to “sit out” on this election, I will vote my conscious. I can’t help but vote, especially as too many of my forefathers and foremothers fought and bled and sacrificed their lives so that my voice could be heard. So, again I ask the question. Once the election is over, now what?
Do we, as a country, maintain our divisions that we celebrated during this political season? Do we continue to look at each other as less than because of our differences in opinion? Do we shake hands and demonstrate good sportsmanship like athletes after a game and say, “Good game”? I don’t know the answer. What I feel in my spirit is that America has suffered a wound that won’t be easily healed. No salve and no bandage are going to quickly return us to the country that we once were. America is going to need some intense rehab to fix our brokenness. As one of my Facebook friends said on her page tonight, “On Wednesday, no matter who is president, let’s just make America kind again!” And to that, I say, “Amen”.