3 Things to Remember After the Elections

*deep breath*

I think I speak for many of us when I say that I (among others) just needs a deep breath after the events of the last few weeks.

The Elections are over and we now have a new President-Elect.

But a huge question lingers in the air…where do we go from here? How do we react? What do we do?

The 2016 Presidential race was one of the most gruesome election cycles in history. I don’t remember a time (in my short lifetime at least) when America has been so divided. Even now, there is much unrest and uncertainty about the future.

Amid all this uncertainty of what the future holds for America, there are several things we need to remember whether or not your candidate was elected.

1. We are the UNITED States of America

This is true no matter what happens and we need to make sure this stays true. We need to remember what America was founded on. Liberty, peace, and especially unity. That’s what makes us the UNITED States of America. We are not just 50 little countries trying to make our way in this world.

We are ONE nation unified under God and the freedoms He grants us.

We can have hope in that. Just because we’ve run into a few rough spots doesn’t mean we can’t succeed and come out stronger than before.

Now, we stand as a living testimony that common ideals, hard work, and determination can forge the strongest of bonds and the strongest of nations.

Look at how many impossible feats we’ve overcome in the last 238 years. In 1776, we conquered a world power to become our own. We held our own against 18th century England in war and came out with eagles soaring, fireworks bursting, and flags held high. I’m not sure how many people realize how close we came to losing that war, but we prevailed and scraped through a win – shocking the world.

Now, we stand as a living testimony that common ideals, hard work, and determination can forge the strongest of bonds and the strongest of nations.

2. Remember the words to the Pledge of Allegiance

Many schools don’t require the pledge of allegiance to be said anymore which is very sad. We need to be reminded daily of the freedoms and liberties we enjoy.

But even if the Pledge of Allegiance was said every day, I think most of us fall into the habit of droning through it without thinking about the words which are very important to remember.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

3. America is still a free, liberty-loving country

This has not changed. We enjoy so many freedoms other countries do not.

We have the right to protest. We have the right to disagree with our leadership. We have the right to say what we want (Freedom of speech).

All of this is still true despite what has happened in the past few years or what will happen in the future few.

We are still One Nation Under God.

So let’s start acting like it.

I think President Obama said some of the strongest statements in his response statement after the elections.

We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…we’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. we all want what’s best for this country.” ~ President Obama

To finish off, here are a few intuitive quotes from several great American men we can be reminded of.

“Our strength as a nation comes in our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. And those who want to divide us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it.” ~ Dr. Ben Carson

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” ~ Harry S Truman

~ Andrew M

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