With elections behind us, it is time to move forward

Monday, November 14, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Election is in the books, and it is time to remember we are still co-workers, neighbors, family and friends despite our political affiliations.

Emotions ran high this election season as Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton served as the front-runners in the race, as they represented the two major political parties.

It was historic in so many ways, including the fact Trump had no political background and Clinton was the first woman to ever earn the nomination for a major political party. Of course, with all such political races, each of the major candidates came with their own baggage and their own set of skills.

We have seen family members pitted against each other as they argued who was best suited to serve as commander-in-chief. Friends argued over qualifications, and fought about how one candidate would ruin the future of the country.

In the early morning hours Wednesday, it was announced Donald Trump will serve as the President of the United States for the next four years.

Still, emotions are running high around the country with protests planned as close as Terre Haute. It’s time to take a step back, and remember who we are.

President Barack Obama said it well Wednesday when he reminded the American people we are all on the same team.

“This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first,” President Obama said.

What we should be especially proud of is the fact so many people think highly enough about the future of our country to head to the polls and let their voices be heard.

More than 14,000 people in Greene County voted on or before Tuesday, which consists of 65.38 percent of the registered voters in the county.

While the national and state races were important, too, we were also able to cast our votes on the local level. Thousands of votes helped maintain and add new leaders around the county, including school board members. These men and women have a direct impact on our day-to-day lives, so the races are also very important.

Next year is a non-election year, so we can clear our brains of political commercials and propaganda, and prepare for another round of local elections in 2018.