The Day After Election Day in America

Dear friends-

I woke up this morning. The sun rose on a crystal clear, beautiful day. I took the dog for a walk. It was breezy and there was a nice crisp snap in the air. I saw a few other people going about their business – just like any other day.

Liz said, “I don’t want to talk about politics today.” She’s right. The nation’s fiscal crisis and the deep philosophical divide among its political leaders – yes, these will be topics for debate and discussion, but not today.

Thomas Jefferson called this “The Great American Experiment.” And 236 years later, that’s what it still is. In fact, the experiment is still in its infancy. We continue to hit bumps and potholes in the road and deal with the surprises that forever lie around the next bend. A friend told me recently that the church he attended where he lived previously was built in 812. So 236 years, by comparison, is the blink of an eye. There’s so much more history in front of us than behind us.

So the jury is still out on Jefferson’s great experiment. Each year, though, the day after an election day – with its peace and tranquility and uneventful ‘normalcy’ – is a striking reminder that we must be doing something right. It is a day to reflect on the fact that we are blessed to be living in this place and time. That we live in a country, despite the nay-sayers among us, that is the envy of the planet. That we enjoy a freedom that is without parallel in the history of man. That we are a nation of immigrants and of diversity — today is a day to remind ourselves that our diversity is the source of our great strength and our proud identity.

The great experiment continues. Now go enjoy the day.