By the time you read this, America will have voted, and at the least, most of the votes will have been counted and reported, and most winners declared.
Hopefully, most all elections will be decided by wide enough margins to not leave much to question.
The dust should be settling and results soaking in. As I fervently hoped for a Biden victory Tuesday, I hope for a big, big step toward a status of civility among us all across our nation.
Clearly, much of our very tired society feels the same.
It was very impressive a week or two ago when the two candidates for governor in Utah turned a major part of their last scheduled debate into a joint appeal for a return to civility between elected officials and their partisans; and a pledge to respect and uphold the campaign result, whether they won or lost.
It was also impressive last week when our four most recent governors made a joint ad appeal for civility, asking for decency and patience after this most contentious election season.
Former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty emphasized that: “Our state is proud to have one of the safest and most secure election systems in the whole country."
Gov. Walz and former Gov. Dayton noted and forewarned that the results may not be clear on all races on election night, noting that it may take a few days to tabulate mail ballots.
Former Gov. Ventura offered that some delay just means the system is assuring that every single ballot is counted.
Pawlenty, whom this writer criticized for most of his eight years in office, summed up: “No matter who wins, let’s demonstrate the civility and decency that Minnesotans are known for."
I miss the days of 30, 40, 50 years ago in Duluth, when I could meet a local Republican leader or counterpart for coffee in the morning, or drinks after work, to relax and discuss then current matters at issue between the parties. I learned a lot during those sessions, and hopefully persuaded us toward compromise results on local issues.
Now, let's all keep pushing for a government that works - that works together. Let’s stop the bickering and bad mouthing. Let’s restore the “art of compromise” to its fullest.
Make our civic and voter climate so good that negative ads no longer work; that money spent unfairly cutting down the opposition candidate backfires badly and results in helping the opposition get elected.
The hope is for most all Americans to accept, and tolerate, and accommodate our multitudinous differences.
Can we hark back to what our first George Bush called for - “a kinder and gentler nation"?
For the immediate, let’s put the election behind us and look upon our local Trump and Biden folk as the friends and neighbors they were and are.
For next year, when new governmental bodies are formed, I hope they are formed with consideration and room for meaningful participation of the new minorities.
May the emphasis be upon that on which we basically agree, with constructive steps toward compromise action and result in our areas of difference. It would be a very pleasant change leading to a better future for all of us in Echoland.