As I’ve said before, I have friends who voted for McCain and friends who voted for Obama. Over the many months of this election season, the polarizing effect my opinions, the opinions of my friends and others took its toll. In a contest such as this, someone eventually loses.
I was at an election party when the announcement came down that Obama had won the Presidency. History on an epic scale was happening. The party was loud with cheers and music and even more drinking. I went home. Mostly because I wanted to see and hear Obama’s victory speech, but also to leave the happy crowds and observe this moment alone.
Driving home, I heard McCain’s concession speech on the radio. I was mesmerized by the words he choose. I might have thought his campaign went off the rails, but McCain himself was an honorable and decent man. I was glad to see the McCain of Campaign 2000 was still in there somewhere.
He reached out to his opponent, his opponent’s party and all Americans with these words,
“I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our goodwill and earnest effort to find ways to come together, to find the necessary compromises, to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited. Whatever our differences, we are fellow Americans. And please believe me when I say no association has ever meant more to me than that.”
I offer the same to my friends who I’ve disagreed. I offer a bridge and a compromise. Whatever our differences regarding our individual political leanings, we are friends. So, this is my proverbial “hand across the aisle” moment. Our solution may be to never talk about our political associations or simply agree to disagree.
As a parting gift, I offer the one thing all my friends can agree on: pudding is tasty. It may not be much, but it’s a start.
PS Probably not much in the way of political postings for awhile. I’m a little burnt out.