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Remain calm following election results

A humorous article recently predicted a record number of Thanksgiving fist-fights when someone chooses to gloat between helpings of turkey on the outcome of the presidential race set to finally end next Tuesday.

With the rancor of the past months between Clinton versus Trump, there are going to be some very angry, frustrated and frightful Americans when the dust settles and the last ballot is counted.

This has clearly been the nastiest election in modern American history and has been unbefitting of the United States of America. So the idea that the nation will come together after the results are announced is not promising.

Polls showed Hillary cruising until the latest e-mail investigation news hit last week, which could change things, but the most non-partisan of all predictors, Las Vegas bookmakers, are still saying Hillary will win. If this happens, there will be a large majority of unhappy people in this area, where Vegas Smagas, we know who will carry Pickens County.

Regardless of the outcome we would like to urge everyone to remain calm and show some restraint. Victory in a presidential election shouldn’t be celebrated the way we would if Georgia could somehow win a big game this year. No drunken storming off into the night to wreak property damage in either celebration or disgust [it is ironic that people burn cars in both riots and sports championship celebrations].

A couple of points we would like to make in advance of next Tuesday:

• The Electoral College confuses everything. It’s not as simple as counting up all the votes in America and declaring whoever got the most as the winner. It might should be that simple, but it hasn’t been since 1800s. It won’t be a conspiracy, nor unprecedented, if the top vote-getter isn’t the winner.

Four times in American history a candidate has won the presidency by winning the electoral college votes even though they got fewer votes overall.  Most recently Al Gore got more votes  than George Bush. This weird quirk has to do with a winner take all tally of each state’s electoral votes. It’s not a perfect system but it has been our American system for more than a century.

• Keep in mind that the president is the executive of our nation, but is only in charge of one of the three branches of government. Our forefathers had great forethought to put ample checks and balances all through the system to prevent wild extravagances from any single person – even the president. Plus our government has devolved with so much in-fighting and partisanship that it keeps most everything at a stalemate anyway.

While the winner may be holding the most powerful office in the world and certainly has the potential to greatly mess things up, neither Clinton nor Trump can come in and just willy-nilly become a one-person show. No one is coming after your guns or starting to build a wall the day after the election.

The two-houses of congress have a long reputation of standing in the way of most anything happening in Washington, both the good and bad, and we feel confident that will apply the brakes to any sudden lurches to either the left or right.

• Whoever wins, wins. There are arguments that the system is unfair but it’s essentially the same system we have used for at least a century and both parties knew its pros and cons when the race started. Refusing to accept the results of an election moves the country in a dangerous direction. At that point, we are sliding into the politics of third-world countries where armed forces declare the results, not voters.

• We are not naïve enough to suggest anyone shake hands with class following the outcome of the vote. We do urge everyone to take a moment and remember whether it is your candidate or not, the winner will be the president and a symbol of all our country, elected by the people of the greatest nation in history.

Show some patriotism and show some pride that our country still is a stable nation, ruled by laws and fairness.

 

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