The day after an election can be difficult for many. Of course, there are those candidates whose hard work, sincerity and perseverance didn’t pay off and they now have to deal with the reality of losing a race for office. Many candidates are social people and failing in such a public manner must be hard. Everyone knows you didn’t get the job — tough break.
Then there are those lobbyists and supporters whose candidates and propositions failed to win. The let down can be similar to a break up. Everything you’ve been working towards is no longer valid. Hopefully, these people will be able to pick up the pieces and find a new cause to support.
While many may be feeling the after-election blues today, I thought it would be a good time to remind every American what a great government system we have.
Taliban attacks and attempts at vote-rigging across Afghanistan were reported by Reuters during the country’s September parliamentary vote. Afghan Interior Minister General Bismillah Khan said three police and 11 civilians were killed, with dozens more wounded.
Citizens of Iraq went to the polls in March amid a barrage of mortars and rockets. This election was reported by The New York Times as being “arguably the most open, most competitive election in the nation’s long history of colonial rule, dictatorship and war.”
In April 2008, CNN reported that international observers declared Nepal’s elections a success despite violence that left two people dead — including a candidate gunned down in front of a polling station.
After Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Mwai Kibaki both claimed victory in a Dec. 27, 2007 presidential election, more than 1,000 people were killed in the ensuing violence, reported a United Nations fact-finding team.
Wow. The biggest threat I had to face going to the polls on Tuesday was getting a paper cut. I can’t imagine what it must be like putting your life on the line to support democracy.
No matter how much you dislike or disagree with a candidate or proposition that won on Tuesday, the world will not end. This is a country of checks and balances. A liberal legislator is balanced by a conservative judge. A single election rarely has radical affects on the way our government is run. And if a law or lawmaker wins in an election and a few months later regret sets in, there’s always the recall option.
I am thankful that I live in a country where voting is another errand to run on the way into work, rather than a risky undertaking that could end in bloodshed. Remember this while licking your after-election-day wounds and the healing process won’t feel as bad.
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