The Day After the Election - Generic

To the supporters of Bush/Kerry

Now that the election is over and your candidate was unsuccessful, I hope we can come together again as Americans. In his recent video, Osama bin Laden reminded us about Americaís real enemies. President Kerry/Bush faces many challenges in the next years. He needs your support. Please put aside your partisan rancor and have some faith in the judgment of your fellow citizens. Admit the possibility that they might be right. This is America, after all. In four years time the verdict may go your way. Until then, Bush/Kerry is your president and mine and he deserves our support.

Many have called this the most divisive election in American history. The Americans of 1800, 1824, 1860, 1878, 1912 or 1968 would disagree. It seems that each generation of Americans experiences a redefinition of what America means. It is painful, but what some dread as the death agony of the Republic has turned out to be the birth pains of a new, better and more inclusive America. It has always required hard work and that is another reason the President needs your support.

The truth is that the two sides of the American political equation need he other. Neither is has all the answers. Each completes the other and moderates the excesses of its rival. The heat of the political moment obscures this fact, but as scorching passions fade into cool memory, we find that the achievements of each president have become the common heritage of all Americans. Abraham Lincoln, easily the most divisive president in U.S. history, now stands with George Washington as the most respected man ever to hold the office. Most people forget that he was Republican, and it doesnít matter that he was. He belongs to all of us. Democrats can admire Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. Republicans should return the favor with Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and John Kennedy. All of these presidents had great visions that more than compensated for their serious flaws. Now they belong to America.

Bush/Kerry may never be in the same league as these giants. We canít know what circumstance may intervene and how history will judge him, but the undeniable fact is that Kerry/Bush is the only president we have today. It is time to take the high road and support our American president. Letís take the words of Abraham Lincoln to heart. He said in his second inaugural speech, when the final disposition of the Civil War was yet unknown, ď With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds . . . ď Our challenge is much less daunting this Lincolnís, but his sentiments are once again appropriate.

May God bless President Kerry/Bush and may God continue to bless the United States of America.

This will be my last post before the election. I am confident that the best man will win. Thanks for listening.

J(ack) Anthony Matel

Posted by Jack at October 30, 2004 9:11 PM