As historical as it was, as unorthodox as it seemed and as bizarre as it appeared to many across the nation, this presidential election campaign, referred to by a few political pundits as a "national nightmare," is over.
There are no more debates looming on the horizon; that is if you want to call what was televised, political debates. For all intents and purposes, the "rules" of which both candidates agreed to abide, were practically worthless. The conduct of the participants proved they mattered little.
In addition, missing from our daily lives are no more exaggerated political commercials approved by whomever (as if we actually cared), pesky Internet pop-ups or scam emails, uncivilized verbiage and, thank goodness, no more public locker room vulgarity. That alone ought to warrant celebrations such as fireworks, parades, cookouts and much more that match our annual July Fourth revelries.
So enjoy it, folks. Kick back, relax and take a deep breath. It’s finally over. Happy or not, after two years of unmitigated offensiveness, the nation finally has elected its next president.
To me the only real debate close to being called political was between the two more civilized vice-presidential candidates. The other three were free-for-alls staged between slugging egotist wannabees who never had any qualms about changing subjects in the middle of their answers to avoid any possible accuracy.
Nevertheless, feel free to join me as I readily and most cheerfully join hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions of others across this great land of ours, among which include Democrats, Green Party voters, Independents, Republicans, Socialists and other non-party voters from sea to shining sea, in saying, "Thank goodness it’s over!"
Regardless for whom you voted, or even made a soul searching decision not to in the presidential race, instead casting your ballot in selected races and/or issues only, is no longer a cause for concern. You, too, must be glad this election season which has lasted nearly two years has finally ended.
For the very first time in my 54 years of voting, I went down to the wire still undecided on whom to give my priceless support of which I’ve always treasured, cherished and most highly valued. Regardless, in this 2016 presidential election, this treasured process has enabled us to elect our 45th Chief Executive to the Oval Office. Now, perhaps, we just might be able to return to the norm; back to when an air of civility called manners, politeness, and otherwise common courtesies in the treatment of our fellow human beings, dominated the practice of almost everyone.
Now that the election’s over, it’s time to peacefully pass the gavel onto the new president. It’s time for everyone, including the losing candidate’s supporters to circle the wagons, creating protection and throwing undivided support to the winning candidate. It’s part of that grand tradition that makes America’s freedom so unique.
Once the president-elect has been inaugurated, the honeymoon period of 100 days gives us a chance to purge our biases and concentrate on getting to know our new president somewhat better. With an open mind, we enhance his ability to lead and help him succeed in doing what’s right for America.
Over the years it’s what I’ve always done. Regardless of who won, he was my president. In this case, it may be a lot harder to do than in the past, but do it I will. Because I know by doing it, I help strengthen my country against those who would rather see it fall apart. After all, four years goes by faster than what we care to imagine.
To those frustrated souls who chose to openly protest and riot for days on end in cities across the nation, I urge them to peacefully refrain. There’s a better way. In two years, the new 2020 presidential election cycle begins.
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