Posted: November 6, 2016 in Uncategorized
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As I write this on the Sunday before the Presidential election, there is no way to tell who the winner will be.  By the time you read this the end has come and we have a newly elected president.  Thank goodness; the most contentious, documented and dysfunctional presidential election in the history of our great nation is in the history books.  It is over.

Years ago Robert Redford starred in a movie called “The Candidate”.   It was the story of a man who ran for the U.S. Senate but had never held public office.  He stumbled through the election running on change for the government.  Finally following the counting of the votes he was declared the winner and prompted him to ask, “What do I do now”.  Let us hope that the presidential election of 2016 is not about only winning the race but about winning to grow our great nation.  Let us hope that the winner considers the victory to be a beginning and not the end and the race was not about declaring oneself to be only the winner of a contest.

The new president will have challenges that are greater than any president during a non-war administration.  He or she must possess great negotiation skills and leadership that focuses on our existing issues that are common to the country.  Party partisanship must be diminished for the sake of the country.

The greatest threat facing the nation for our new president will not be ISIS nor the economy nor immigration nor smothering regulations. The greatest threat the president will face will be to pull our fragmented political grid together in a manner that we are all moving in the same direction.  Then we can tackle the issues facing the country.  If we work together as a team, then everything is possible.  We can tackle the most difficult issues and win but the president will have his/her hands full to pull the various political factions together.

There has been much rhetoric broadcast from both presidential candidates.  Much can be forgiven but it’s more difficult to forget and there will be a lot to forget.  In addition to the bad feelings between the two parties there will also be potential legal investigations and this must be handled in a manner that will not distract from the work of the government.  Hurt feelings must be placated and members of both parties must make a concerted effort to work together for America.

If all political parties, and this includes Independents, Green and all other factions, realize that the nation must come first, then we will heal and grow.  If this is not happen then there will be four more years of fragmentation, despair and America will continue on a downward spiral in the eyes of a world that had admired and respected it for two hundred years.

  1. Jean Jones says:

    All that you say here is so right, Tom. Your title likely was prompted by one my favorite hymns, “A Hymn of Promise,” by Natalie Sleeth. Its thread line is especially comforting in these tumultuous times: “Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.”

    In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
    In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
    In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
    Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

    There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
    There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
    From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
    Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

    In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
    In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
    In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
    Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

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