Today is a new day unless nuclear war occurred overnight, in which case you’re probably not reading this.
But for those of you who are, welcome to the day after the election. It’s a day in which the winners are still high from the adrenaline of running a successful campaign and those who did not win are feeling a range of emotions from despair to acceptance to defiance. It happens.
The most important thing to remember is we all have the power to start anew. What has happened in the past should not be forgotten, but it should serve as a lesson as what not to do when it comes to the treatment of your fellow human. We are supposed to be a civil society, and yet we just can’t seem to agree to disagree about even the littlest things.
If the person you supported during the election did not come out on top, regardless of which race you were most concerned with, now’s the chance to find out what you can do to help and fix the things that still need to be fixed. Complaining and pouting won’t do anything but take you out of the equation, and in order for us to put things back together again, we have to be willing to work alongside our foes as well as our neighbors.
A tattered economy, a devastating illness and a division upon political ideologies won’t disappeared overnight just because we hope they will. We, you and I and that guy and gal over there, need to learn to once again work together.
If you’re afraid of the repercussions of the election because of your behavior, then that’s on you pal. Nobody asked you to be a terrible person. No one said, “Hey wouldn’t it be better for all of us if you acted like a total toddler in public, screaming at strangers and lashing out when things don’t go your way?”
But there’s still time to change. There’s still time to tell yourself, “Self, I was wrong. I need to do better. For my city, for my county, for my state and for my country, I need to help and not hurt. How can I help?” and then get out there and help.
I know this all sounds like I’m picking on one side, and I’m really not. There’s been more than enough bad behavior from people on both sides of the aisle that there aren’t enough small wooden stools in the world to cover all the folks who need a timeout.
If the election drags on a day or two because of the mail-in ballots, then let the process happen. There are rules that govern when those ballots needed to be mailed back and those rules are there to ensure those folks who couldn’t vote in person – such as the homebound or those people serving our military – had just the same right to voice their opinions as those of us willing to wait in line in person either at early voting or on Election Day. Let them have their vote count because their voice matters, too.
I’ve probably said enough to bore you or gag you on my optimism, so I leave you with this – things are kind of rough right now for a lot of people, and that’s without the election headaches piled on. A little bit of kindness from all of us could go a long way.
And finally, I want to say farewell to a trio of News-Herald staffers who announced their departure in October. Safe journeys and best wishes to Circulation Director Olga DeHoyos, staff writer Atzimba Morales and Publisher David Rupkalvis. I know change is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to bid folks farewell.
Brian Argabright is the sports editor of the Del Rio News-Herald. He can be reached at email@example.com.