Thursday, October 23, 2008

What Both Sides Should Vow

If our candidate loses:

  • We won't shout that this is the end of the United States. It isn't.

  • We won't make snippy remarks about the low intelligence or bigotry of the average voter. The voters are neither dumb nor bigots.

  • We won't treat the new president as shabbily as George W. Bush has been treated in many circles.

  • We won't assume that decisions with which we disagree are motivated by greed or evil.

  • We won't spread wacko conspiracy rumors.

  • We won't become Internet trolls.

  • We won't threaten to move to Canada, Australia, Britain, France or some other "enlightened" land, all of which have their own problems.

  • We will work hard to understand the reasons for the loss.

  • We will continue to fulfill our civic responsibilities.

  • We will go out of our way to act patiently and respectfully with those who hold opposing opinions.

  • We will increase our involvement in community affairs.

  • We will happily redouble our efforts to ensure that our side prevails next time.


Steve Roesler said...

Perfecto, Michael.

Let's hope that those vows can be enacted without having to wait for a Supreme Court decision or some other as-yet-unknown dynamic.

Keep writing. . .

Michael Wade said...

Thanks, Steve.

Let's hope the climate is more civil than it is now.