Congratulations! We made it to Election Day!
Too soon for congratulations, you say? Can't celebrate until your candidate wins, you say?
Sure you can!
You live in a country where you have a voice in choosing your leadership, instead of having it chosen by blood or by force (or by both), and today, you got to use that voice to take a stand on what you believe is right. That in and of itself is a reason to celebrate.
I'm not going to lie and tell everyone reading this that I'm being completely objective, or that my political views don't influence what I'm about to write in some way, because honestly, they do!
So, in case you are wondering, I am a registered Republican, with a lot Libertarian views, but I believe in certain causes from BOTH the Democratic and Republican parties, so long as they are implemented conservatively. If that makes sense. So there. That's where I stand. And no, I don't want to debate with you, but thanks. :)
Anyway, though, here's the deal: Someone is going to win, and someone is going to lose. People are going to cheer, and people are going to be devastated. However, at the end of this election, we will be preparing for the next presidential term, and whether President Obama remains in the White House, or Mitt Romney moves in, a Commander in Chief will be chosen.
When the results come in, whether you're thrilled or nauseated, the most important thing is that the man with the most votes will be our president. Just that fact alone, no matter what you agree or disagree with, means that as an American, you should respect and support his position as our president. No, you don't have to hold his hand and tell him that he's doing a great job if you don't agree with his choices, but if you want to, in good conscience, call yourself a true American, respect the fact that he is your president, whether you like it or not.
When the results come in, bickering, rioting, screaming, cursing, and ripping your hair out accomplishes nothing. Nothing good, anyway. Just more animosity and arguing, and let's face it: aren't we all a little sick of the constant debates flooding our social media newsfeeds, the television, and our daily conversations?
When the results come in, and you're this close to ripping somebody's throat out because of their ridiculous right-wing/left-wing/whatever-wing views, think about this: For all that passion you have for your cause, for all the love and devotion you have for your party and its platform, that person probably feels the same way about theirs. And even if they don't agree with you, don't you think its pretty epic that we live in a country that not only has so many dedicated and passionate people, but also that we live in a country where we can EXPRESS that dedication and passion?
Earlier tonight, Mike Huckabee said "Put your country before your party." That really resonated with me, and I hope it does with you, too. I challenge all of us, including myself, to take that statement to heart, and put our love for our freedom, our love for our blessings as United States citizens, our love for the U.S.A., above all of that.
Even if our political views clash, even if we can't always agree with each other, even if we're dying to gouge out someone's eyeballs with a spoon, it's our belief in, and love of our freedom that brought this country together in the first place
Because, after all, we are the United States of America.
Blessings to all of you, and God bless America.