Like the majority of Americans I am grateful that election day has finally come. I have been avoiding the presidential race news for quite awhile as I found it so negative and decisive. Unfortunately, because I work in government, I couldn’t avoid the local races which were becoming even nastier.
I will work for a couple of hours this morning and then vote. I live in a state with no early voting. Polls are located in churches, libraries and firehouses and you must go to your assigned polling place. There the girls scouts or some other civic group will probably be having a bake sale and neighbors will be chatting with neighbors, no matter who they voted for. It’s all very friendly and civilized. As it should be.
Then I will spend the day shuttling senior citizens and those who cannot drive, to their polling places. In my youth I only worked for one political party to get out the vote. These days I am happy to drive anyone who wants to vote, no questions asked. I particularly like driving the seniors and listening to their opinions, which are usually about all the ways this country has gone to hell in a handbasket. I can’t say that I disagree with them. Nor can I imagine what this campaign must have looked like to the greatest generation. Oy.
I will most likely go to bed before the results are in. When I wake I hope there is a clear winner. My worst fear is that it will be close, or there will be some controversy that forces it to the Supreme Court. A tied 4-4 Supreme Court. I don’t even know what happens after that. Either way our government has become so dysfunctional that neither candidate will be able to advance their agenda very much. We are approaching a failed state.
Still I do hope that we, as a nation, will begin a healing process from the ugliness of the last few years. Surely we have much more in common than those things that divide us. When the election is over and done we will be in desperate need of more advocates, reconcilers, and peacemakers. We’ve got a lot of healing, loving, restoring work to do my friends.
No matter what happens today - be the change you want to see in the world.