Hope you are having a good morning, and are looking forward to the next four years.
Because if you're not, what are you going to do? Move to Mexico? Australia? Canada? I can tell you from personal experience that Holland is a nice place to live ... if you like cold weather.
Thank goodness, the election is over. Let's get back to more important things, like football.
If your Presidential candidate didn't win last night, it's time to move on. Stop the whining, the complaining, the nasty remarks. Get over it.
This is, in part, a continuation of my "Have Faith" blog of Aug. 26 when I pointed out how sick I was of all the political posts on Facebook, and how many of those I had turned off because they turned me off.
I didn't turn off enough of them. I watched the posts during the three Presidential debates, the (critical) comments on seemingly each remark by both candidates, and how people declared one or the other candidate the "winner" of each debate.
Here's my judgment: President Obama won only debate that counts -- at the polls, in the Electoral College.
I'll estimate that probably 75-80 percent of the people on my e-mail list and people on my Facebook "friends" list do not support what I support. But I intended to write this piece no matter how this election came out.
I assure my old friends who supported Gov. Romney, a decent man who fought hard and made it a closer race than it looked as if it was going to be, that this country won't fold up, won't go broke, won't be fighting forces from other nations invading our territory, hopefully won't have to deal with terrorists attacks.
Paint a doomsday picture, if you want. I just can't think that way.
After you read this, and you want to set me straight, do so. Just don't expect me to get in a debate with you about politics. I refuse. I'm not out to win the popular vote here.
You can call me a Socialist, or a Communist, or whatever. If you think I lean toward being a liberal or you call me a Democrat, you might be in the ballpark. I'm not willing to ever support a party that gave us Richard M. Nixon. Some things we don't forget.
I just keep hearing the same tired arguments, the same reason a lot of people I grew up with despised John F. Kennedy before he was assassinated and martyred; despised Lyndon B. Johnson; thought Jimmy Carter was inept, despised Bill Clinton -- yes, the brilliant guy with the Monica problem and also the guy who gave us some balanced budgets.
Those same people who thought Barry Goldwater was going to be a great President and believed Ronald Reagan was (and maybe he was). And thought -- think -- George W. Bush was a big hero. Two words: two wars. Katrina bungler. Financial mess (pass it on). Baseball fan (I like that one).
And now they despise Barack Obama, and anything he stands for. Sadly, one reason they do is because his skin is darker.
Obama, who is as popular at the end of his first term as ... Clinton and Bush were. Both of the Bush presidents, in fact.
Can't tell you Obama has been an effective leader; wish he could have gotten more accomplished. Can tell you that he's had a part of Congress that has fought him every step of the way, from the very start.
Hopefully, now our national leaders will find solutions; that those people in Congress who frustrate us with their stalemate and their inability -- or unwillingness -- to compromise will find a way to keep the government from falling off the financial cliff,
All the criticism, all the whining, all the downright mean remarks and cartoons and photos that I've seen over the past year and a half I've been on Facebook don't do anything for civility.
We spent much of the eight years of the previous administration feeling the same way, and we were as critical as the other side has been the past four years. But you know what? We're still here, we're still OK. And we will be four years from now.
I know -- having started my life in another part of the world -- how great it is to be an American, to live in this country, with all its faults, and with all its bounties.
I intend to keep a positive attitude, to believe that we live in the greatest place in the world, and it's going to remain that way. Whether you like it or not. Let's move forward.