The 2020 presidential election is now over. These past four years have been exhausting for all of us.
I have been actively involved in the political arena in many capacities for nearly all of my adult life. In all that time, I have never seen so much tension and acrimony among our elected officials and ordinary citizens.
We should not let our philosophical beliefs and strong opinions get in the way of relationships with family and friends. Unfortunately, that has been the case far too often, and the disagreements have become personal and extremely vicious. It is now time to put these differences aside and resume the civility in this country.
After the 2016 elections ended, I was asked if I thought the country would now become “more unified.” I answered that I did not foresee it. I did not want to be right about it.
Instead, the arguments got more heated and, those in the discussions, fiercely tried to convince the other that they were right. In most cases, in the end, no minds were changed no matter how much information was used to back up a point of view.
It has been especially bad on social media platforms. We have a president-elect who is actively seeking a resolution to all of the divisiveness in this country. But he cannot do it alone.
A month ago, then-candidate Joe Biden went to the Gettysburg National Military Park to address this issue. As most of you are aware, that was the site of one of the most brutal battles of the American Civil War.
While he was there, he proclaimed that he will be “A president for all Americans.” If this nation can recover from that conflict, we can certainly recover from these last four years.
We are so divided that starting in January, both houses of Congress will be near equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans in their respective chambers. Twenty years ago, the U.S. Senate was equally split.
Not long afterward, one party controlled one house and the other party controlled the second one. They made it work!
Starting in 2021, members of Congress will be in a similar situation again. They can make this work again!
So can all Americans. The novel coronavirus pandemic is still a serious problem and the entire nation needs to be united.
President Donald Trump motivated people to be more involved in our communities. Now it is my hope that they stay involved, contribute to the daily dialogue and seek common ground.
I supported President-Elect Joe Biden. In the interest of moving forward, I am abstaining from any Election Day celebrations on social media and in real life. With the holiday season approaching, now is a good time to mend fences and rebuild bridges.