Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thankful, but prayerful

When we pass the turkey tomorrow, we'll give thanks for the national food fight that's erupted since President George W. Bush claimed a mandate for his radical policies by winning by a stunning 3 percent margin in the popular vote.

We'll be thankful for the heated debates that continue on, though the election is over. We'll be thankful for the First Amendment that ensures that Americans may go on thinking, believing and saying what they please without fear that the Thought Police could show up at any time.

We'll be thankful we don't live in the Ukraine, where the threat of the cartridge box looks to be hanging over the results of the ballot box in a hotly contested election that sparked mass protests by people who believe the outcome was rigged.

We'll be thankful we have a legal system—even with all its flaws—that managed to referee the contested election of 2000 without bloodshed.

Yet, thankful as we are, we'll pray about a few things as well.

We will pray for a return to civility in America, for an atmosphere in which people may agreeably disagree.

We will pray for leaders—no matter their party—to recognize the strength that comes from building alliances based on America's common needs and interests.

We will pray that American leaders put the care of the nation's people ahead of petty partisan politics.

And finally, we will pray that they see the wisdom of sharing the pumpkin pie.

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