Vail Daily column: No need for violence
While the results of this election, both local and national have been surprising, astonishing and downright unexpected, keep this in mind. Sixteen years ago, I was standing in a light drizzle in Austin, Texas, at the George W. Bush headquarters covering just another presidential election. We know how that ended, in accusations of corruption, contest and controversy — but we as a nation moved forward, so I’d like to add these few thoughts as a journalist, citizen and human being.
The people have spoken, and the people who made that difference got out and voted, some of them probably for the first time in their lives. It is a statement to D.C. that we are tired of the crap that Washington has made us put up with for way too long, and that it is time for a change. We the people made the first step toward that change by voting, perhaps with the largest voter turnout in the history of the free world. That right there is democracy.
I’m not saying I like the next leader of the free world; personally, I’d like to punch him in the face, but it would not be American if we didn’t stand behind the person the people of the United States elected to lead us for the next four years.
The stock market is in turmoil over this uncertainty, as is the general feeling of close to 50 percent of the American public, but the sun will rise tomorrow and we will move on. It will take time to heal from the wounds that this presidential campaign has caused to this great country but we will heal, with open conversation, cooperation and gratitude toward one another.
There is no need for violence, riots or posting other crap propaganda that you think comes from a legitimate news organization (do those even exist anymore?). Shake hands with your neighbor, give your friends a hug and be thankful we live in a free country where crazy stuff like this can and will happen, no matter how unlikely.
Now if it would just snow up here there would be a lot more smiles around town.
With that, stay thirsty my friends. Tomorrow is a new day and the sun will still rise, as it will the day after that. And, by the way, it ain’t over until the Electoral College goes to vote.
TJ Davis is an Avon resident.