It’s 2016 and we’re in the middle of a presidential election season. We’re picking a candidate to replace President Obama. In other words, we survived. Despite the fact I was told over and over again in November of 2008 that America had died, America still survives. America outlasted another of its presidents.
You see, America is bigger than one man or even this one, important office. That’s part of the genius of the Founding Fathers and what they handed down to us. I’m tired of Chicken Little, knee-jerk reactionaries declaring the death of this great country because of the election of someone they opposed. Those these people usually consider themselves patriots who love their nation, they are indeed small-minded people who think very little of their country. They believe their country folds every time the “wrong” person finds their way into office. At the same time, they elevate the very man they despise, granting him the power to overthrow everything our nation stands for, those who still stand for it and those that handed it down to us.
America survives. It will continue to survive. Yes, it make look different than when I was a child. Yes, it may have a new look and changes I am uncomfortable with, but it still stands. With every election we have the power to begin anew. We don’t need to take up arms but to convince minds and stir up souls. That’s the genius of America. We don’t need to fear one man, one party or one Congress. We just need to stay and fight.
My encouragement to you is, stay and fight. Don’t let the talking heads and fear mongers deceive you into thinking all is lost when things don’t go their way. Be bigger than that. Think through the issues, stand by your principles and don’t be afraid to work with those deemed the enemy by the purists. America always lives to fight another day and so will you.
America survives. It will survive Clinton or Trump as it survived Bush and Obama, Clinton and Carter.