First, I would like to congratulate AZMike on his victory. Though the President-elect and I disagree vehemently on many of the issues, there is no doubt in my mind to his deep love of country and interest in doing what he sees as the right thing.
The President-elect ran a clean race and I am proud to say that we did not stray into the vitriolic absurdity of negative campaigning. No matter our disagreements on the issues, I'm sure we can all agree that the divisive campaigning prevalent in our politics today are not necessary and only cause more division. We rose above it and hopefully our supporters will as well.
To my supporters, I am deeply indebted. I am truly awed at the support I received and cannot thank you enough. I understand that some would have me pursue all relevant options to have a "clean" election. I will not put our community through such uncertainty and divisive argumentation. Though there are legitimate concerns as to the methodology of the election, including but not limited to the stated time the polls would be open versus the actual time the polls were open, the ability of non-members to vote, and the blatant abuse of the system to support Billo_Really, those irregularities should not cast any shadow on the Presidency of AZMike. We will do better next time. I do not wish my supporters to speak of any diminished mandate or appointed Presidency.
AZMike won this election. He now holds the mantle of leadership. He has the mandate held by any other President. It is now our responsibility to support the office of the President and AZMike as its occupant.
This election does not end our disagreement. Nor should it. The beauty of our nation resides in the democratic election of our leaders and the peaceful transition of power. There is also a special beauty in our ability to disagree without needing to be disagreeable. We will continue to advocate for our positions but we must do so in a manner that brings us to the table in conversation instead of some escalating political war.
I end with well wishes for the President-elect. I hope for many successes that translate into successes for our nation. I hope you surround yourself with trusted advisers that will provide level-headed guidance.
Godspeed Sir. And God Bless America.
Originally Posted by Johnny Cash
You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.