Voting has gotten a little tamer since the days of James Madison, when candidates were expected to provide casks of whiskey to entice citizens to vote for them. In the era of Jackson it was not unusual for fist fights to break out between those supporting “Old Hickory” and those decrying the rule of “mobocracy”
We have endured a heated debate regarding the future of our nation; with some believing that reelecting the incumbent will be the ruination of our republic; and with others believing that the election of the challenger shall allow business to run roughshod over the interest of the citizenry.
I doubt the dire predictions of either side are valid. But then again I have been accused of being terminally moderate in my temperament and outlook.
What I do know is that regardless of who an American citizen supported they did so out of sincere belief that their candidate was the best for the nation. I also know that regardless of who someone supported they are not the devil incarnate, a communist’s sympathizer, or even a racists. They are good Americans exercising their rights as citizens.
We need to remember this, as we get past this election season, that those on the other side are still our brothers and sisters, friends, neighbors and colleagues. We should respect them for being good citizens and taking a position on issue of importance to our nation, for this is makes our republic work, the respect for our fellow citizens and their choices.
While candidates may not buy votes with whiskey, or engage in fist fights, our elections today engender just as much passion as in the past. But let us not allow our passions to get in the way of us working together as a community seeking what is best for our republic.