We have been through one of the most adversarial political campaigns in modern history. This presidential race has been filled with negative rhetoric from the candidates and their surrogates on both sides. These derogatory, and often venomous, assertions have split the electorate within our country. Our nation has not faced such division since the Civil War.
Despite any lingering allegations of voting irregularities, the elections are over and done. The final poll has been taken, and the people have, hopefully by the time this letter appears, selected a leader for the next four years.
Now is the time to put the past behind us. We must now work to unify the great divide that has been created by this election campaign. Our elected officials must now stop the campaigning and get about the business of governing. We face serious and domestic and foreign problems here and abroad. Many issues require quick action to avert cataclysmic consequences.
After the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln sought to unify the country by saying in his second inaugural address: “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 …” His words apply today just as they did 147 years ago.
I pray that the citizens get involved to guide and support our elected officials, and that those officials work in nonpartisan harmony to meet and successfully resolve the challenges that face our nation.