With Election Day 2012 now in the history books, these may not literally be my final comments on the matter, but that is my intention at this moment. There will be plenty of pundits writing election post mortems who are far more qualified than I to comment on the trends, drift, patterns, leanings and all the other indicators of what happened during the election and why.
Instead, I will take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our republican form of government. The future of our nation is assured to continue on because, unlike some nations in the world, we peacefully chose the leaders who will guide our nation and the local communities in which we live.
Whether we are happy or not with whomever will be our next president or mosquito control commissioner, the process worked. I have been in this business long enough to understand that not every vote is going to go the way you want it to. When two thousand bills are filed in any given legislative session, for example, and an untold number of amendments are filed in committees and on the floor, simple mathematics would indicate that there is no way any one person can be on the winning side every time. That realization may not make a loss any easier to swallow, but it helps.
As I wrote in my pre-Election Day post, the funny thing about elections is that someone is going to win. That statement obviously implies that someone is not. If we backed a candidate that was not successful, or supported an issue that was not adopted (i.e. a proposed constitutional amendment), we can either wallow in despair or rejoice in the fact that in the USA we have the opportunity to speak our minds and vote for whomever we want.
People stood line late into the night in South Florida, for example, for the opportunity to vote for the individuals of their choice.
We need to honor the memories of those who died in battle for the right to freely vote. We need to thank those who survived, perhaps injured and maimed, but nonetheless still alive, for the sacrifices they made to keep the dream that is America alive and well. If you voted then you not only performed your civic duty, you acknowledged those who lived and died to protect your ability to vote. If you did not vote, and are unhappy with the outcome of the election, perhaps it is time to rethink your priorities. Our nation will only stay great and powerful if we do our part; voting is a key part.
Now that the election is over, lawmakers in Florida will now turn their attention towards organizing the legislature as the challenges facing our state loom. In next week’s post I will turn my attention back to Tallahassee and the issues of import to our community and state. If there is any aspect of state government you are interested in please let me know. I welcome your thoughts and comments!