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Why We Should Celebrate November 7, 2012

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Forget Friday. Thank goodness for Wednesday. I never thought I’d say that, but given
the way Election Day and the weeks that led up to it played out—I’m glad it’s all over.
No more back-to-back-to-back-to-back political ads on television. No more campaign
signs. And no more political rants from others on social media sites. The latter may have
been the most disheartening of it all. Safe to say— Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 was
a LONG time coming.

I was actually sad on Election Day. The one thing that’s supposed to bring us together—
the act of voting-- actually drove us (society) further apart. The number of hateful
posts from people on the extreme left or right I read on Facebook was disturbing. I’m
not talking about the “How could you vote for him? He’s a socialist” comments, or
the “Conservatives hate everyone who isn’t a white male” posts. I’m talking about
comments preaching hate. The “we need more Lee Harvey Oswalds in the world”
comments. That wasn’t a one time thing, either. The hate spewing comments were
EVERYWHERE—especially Tuesday night AFTER the election.

Can’t we just all get along?

They say sports are a reflection of society as a whole. So too is Congress. It seems no
one wants to work together to fix the growing number of problems we have in the world.
This leads me to two ideas that may help:

1. Every member of Congress being forced to listen to John Lennon’s “Imagine”,
Edwin Starr’s “War” (the lyrics are simple, but they make a very good point),
and my personal favorite, Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” each day BEFORE
stepping foot on Capitol Hill.

2. Make a republican and a democrat room together (think “Remember the Titans)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pntkf9sl-c

I’m willing to try anything at this point. We are so much more alike than different. Why
can’t we see that? We’re much stronger united than separated. Yet sometimes you have
to wonder how far we’ve really come in 2012. The president’s re-election had some
students protesting (I’m looking at you, Ole Miss). They’ll be upset if their actions come
back to bite them.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/11/07/ole-miss-rebels-racism-college-
fooball-recruiting/1690493/

It’s taken everything in me to not respond to people I know and their messages of hate.
But someone has to be the bigger person. Someone has to be the person to not correct
them—but to bring them—and everyone else together to see the bigger picture.

“America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made…it doesn’t
matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where
you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or
Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, able, disabled,
gay or straight, you can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”

“I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided
as our politics suggests…We are greater than the sum of our individual
ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue
states. We are and forever will be the United States of America.”

-President Barack Obama

I believe he’s right. Politics can show the ugly side of us. It can also show the best IN
us. Both sides said mean things. But out of this we have to heal and become whole
again. We have to. That’s the only way we get anywhere, by coming together. RIGHT
NOW.

Thank goodness for November 7th.

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