Regardless of political perspective, everyone in the nation and across the globe is still processing the remarkable outcome of yesterday’s election. Many are jubilant, others apprehensive or even fearful, and many others, no doubt, are conflicted.
In my view, all four party nominees on the Virginia ballot for president fell short of what our nation deserved–and needed in 2016. I voted, but did not vote for any of them. Still, the American people have spoken, and their voice must be respected. I am confident that our democratic institutions will heal and endure, and I hope and pray that people of good will come together, lower our voices, and work together to find common ground to advance the human condition.
I’m reminded of the statement chiseled in stone above the main door to the State Capital in my home state of Nebraska: “The salvation of the State is Watchfulness in the Citizen.” These words are truer today than ever. The American people–all of them–are watching their elected officials–from the White House to the County Board–today, and every day of the year.