My wonderful niece, Kristen, voted for the first time yesterday. Today she posted this question, that I want to share with you. She understands an important part of the big picture, but due to her age, she doesn’t understand the other part.
“This is the first year I’ve been old enough to vote, so I’m not sure if this happens every election, but do the losing candidate supporters always act like it’s the end of the world?? If so, this country is full of babies. Grow up, you will survive”
I think so highly of my thoughtful, and insightful niece. She has so much on the ball, and I think that she has a bright future. Since I feel that way about her, I wanted to give her a bit of my insights on her thoughtfully stated opinion. I share it below. But today I also want to say this: stay committed to what you believe in, but please be kind. We only progress as a group if we strengthen the weakest links. We cannot permit the politicos and politicians to keep us fighting. There is good in the folks on each side. We must work with each other.
Here is what I told my niece.
“yes, Kristen, they do. Here is why: those that get incredibly involved in a cause they are passionate about believe that their cause is extremely important for the future. Many of them invest a lot of time and money to try to get out the vote for their candidate or cause. If they didn’t believe that strongly in it, they would not have volunteered, contributed and more. It is so much more important to the winners and losers than, for instance, an Ohio State University Buckeye football game. Neither the winners, nor the losers, in this race will handle it gracefully, I fear. The supporters of the losers will survive. Their concern is that many of the principles they hold dear will be forever lost. It is a big deal to both sides. and yes, both sides need to play nice. They won’t, but they definitely need to. I am so happy to have you join the voting ranks”.