The Election of 2012 – When everything changed

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Lincoln’s second Inauguration
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I am very proud of my country but not just because a Democrat won, but because the people stood up to the money being thrown in elections, while also standing up against those that want to buy legislation that doesn’t help the people but those that believe they can do it alone without the rest of the country.

They stood up to attempts to affect the vote with the legislation for voter suppression and also voter intimidation, but most of all, they stood up against those that would attempt to only obstruct and control the agenda for their own purposes without attempting to balance them with what the people of the United States would want.

The far right agenda has removed all of the moderate voices and this lack of inclusion has hurt them and will continue until they decide that it is more beneficial to reach out to others with different ideas. They will have to accept that the demographics have changed in the nation and they will have to listen to the minorities from now on. They will have to be more moderate with their ideas if they ever want to accomplish anything in the future, and for that, I am most thankful to each and everyone that decided enough was enough.

This election has been a very divisive time for America, and if the country is to heal, we will have to join together, even if we have different beliefs, because the country and its people are what are important. Not Red versus Blue.

We can aspire to be kinder to each other and more inclusive in this country. From the beginning, America’s immigrants have always had a hard time being accepted by the previous immigrants that were already here. Starting with the Scotch-Irish, Germans, French, Jewish, Italians, and so many more that have infused our country with energy and their vibrancy of spirit. We must realize that this is what has always made America great and to never fear this change.

To those that may reject this election decision and choose to continue the fight, I appeal to you to come to a truce so that the country can move forward again and heal. Compromise is still so very important at this time for the country to come together. After this hard fought election, the fatigue is great and there is a desire for everyone to remember what is most important; we are all Americans even though we may have many different cultures, traditions and values.

At the close of the Civil War, President Lincoln, while also trying to heal the nation, reminded America during his second inaugural address, “Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God; and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces; but let us judge not that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered; that of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.

He concluded the speech by asking everyone to try to come together, “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; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan — to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

Let this be a time to achieve a lasting peace among ourselves.

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2 thoughts on “The Election of 2012 – When everything changed

  1. with all due respect, as long as you bring up Lincoln and Republican intransegence, a history lesson is suggested here…

    by the way, Lincoln was a Republican. the first Republican elected to president. only 6yrs after the party was formed by abolitionist democrats and whigs were forced to leave their respective parties in order to fight against slavery for the civil rights and voting rights for women and blacks that the democratic party had fought against for decades.
    even after Lincoln was elected up until the modern era, the democratic party was either silent and not agressively fighting for these issues, or actively blocking, obstructing and even ‘reversing’ when they could the gains in civil rights, voting rights for blacks and women.

    we can thank the abolitionists within the two main parties at the time for not just giving in and ‘moderating’ and compromising on their principles thus leading to the election of the Great Emancipator, a Republican President who fought for andf pushed thru the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments with a vast majority of republican’s votes for and a vast majority (near unanimity) of the Democrats against in the congress.

    thank God for stubborned republicans who would not compromise their principles and ‘moderate’ just to get elected.

    thank you for the opportunity to contribute.

    • Living in Kentucky has made me very aware of the changes in the platforms for the political parties. After the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the Dixiecrats switched to the Republican Party. It is interesting here in my area that many never bothered to change their party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. It may be because of the long history of the Jacksonian Democrat tradition in the area.

      My area of the Jackson Purchase in Kentucky was very sympathetic to the confederate cause, as opposed to the eastern side of the state that followed Henry Clay’s Whigs, because our culture followed the southern traditions. I have been exploring the history in my area to help gauge the ideas being expressed today. I have found out that Paducah had a large Whig Party influence but only in the city and the county. All of the other counties in the Jackson Purchase were Jacksonian Democrats.

      It would be very hard comparing Abraham Lincoln’s Republicans to those of today, especially after hearing the comments by some of them before the last election. As a matter of fact, it would be hard to compare Teddy Roosevelt’s progressive policies to the Republicans today as well.

      I am curious to see how the Republicans will try to be more inclusive with different groups that voted for President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

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