Editorial: The election is over, let’s be friends again

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We voted. We shared a piece of our minds. On Tuesday, the U.S. Congress got new leadership from across the country. State legislatures were elected. Some changed. Some saw very little change. There were campaigns for voting a straight party ticket. There were signs that pushed one candidate over another. There were winners and there were losers. None of that is surprising. That’s what our vote accomplishes.

This is what our country stands on: a freedom to elect the government we want. The American Revolution began in 1775 because of tension between the American colonies and the British government. That revolution eventually began the creation of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the U.S. Constitution in 1787.

We have the ability to elect a president every four years, and we get to elect the people who create our laws. There are as many different viewpoints as there are people in this country, which naturally means a lot of people won’t be satisfied. What is baffling is that we put so much stock in party lines and who associates with what cause that we forget there are actual people behind the views. Do you remember that? There are flesh and blood people behind every cause, behind every party, behind every campaign sign and behind every commercial. We tend to see the worst in people when it comes to political season. I hope one day that changes.

Now that the votes are counted and leadership has been established, can we go back to one thing that truly does make a difference: kindness to our neighbors. I challenge you to stop looking at people as political parties and start seeing them as your neighbors. Show kindness and love to everyone who breathes. If we do that, it won’t matter who is in office because we’re creating a better world for ourselves anyway.

By Denise DuBois, Executive Editor