Secondhand News: Difference aside, we have much to be thankful for

By Jordan Oliver, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2012

As the long-awaited 2012 presidential election has come to an end, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the heat of the results.  As Romney supporters cringe in defeat and Obama fans celebrate triumphantly, it is important to be mindful of the one, common ground on which we all stand; and to be thankful for the opportunity to do so.

As American citizens, we need to be aware of how blessed we are to have the privilege of casting a vote and thus having a say in who leads our country.  Not only are we lucky to cast a ballot of our choice, but we should also be grateful for the assurance of doing so in a safe and unthreatening environment. Last time I checked, there weren’t men with guns standing next to the poll booths.

As Americans, we are part of something big—something not to be taken lightly. Regardless of who won the election, we should be thankful for the chance to have partaken in it, and without being discriminated against based on gender, class or race. We should be thankful for the men and women who have fought and who continue to fight to ensure that we continue to have these freedoms, and we should be thankful to live in a country where its foundation is rooted in the choices of the people.

Whether we agree with President Obama or not, it is still our right as Americans to respect him. We don’t have to like him or agree with his views, but we should, however, respect him as our president. As determined this past Tuesday, Obama will continue to lead this country—for better or for worse. We don’t have to be proud of all of his decisions, but we should be proud to call ourselves Americans.