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Vail Daily letter: Time to unite

The media consensus was that Hillary had "a clear path" to winning the Electoral College's minimum threshold of votes for the presidency. The "money" was on Hillary to become president of the United States, what with the millions contributed by foreign potentates, Wall Street and the so-called Super PACs. So, the odds-on favorite of the political elites and pundits was Hillary, the "insider," against the up-start "outlier" Trump.

After the hue and cry of rallies and protests had subsided on Tuesday the 8th, and after the declarations published by the numerous polls throughout the land had ceased and desisted, the American citizen then had his say in it all, and quietly went to vote his sentiments, his hopes and desires, which was a constitutional consensus of the first order — not of the hype and sway of the politicos and commentators.

Now that Iowa farmer has cast his bedrock ballot; that unemployed autoworker from Detroit has voiced his choice for a better future for his children; and that soldier on tour in the Middle-East has remonstrated for a meaningful victory of a war too long extended by the micro-management of executive politicians here and within the safety and confines of our mainland. If the ballots of the voters such as these are to be and remain meaningful in the face of all the post-election hyperbole and protestations, the progressives' call for the elimination of "all paths" to the Electoral College, or the call for broken pledges of electors therein, then a return to the rule of law must be in the offing.

Going forward, this government, this nation and the American people can either continue to remain divided and avoid the myriad of problems that have beset us and the world in general, or restate and prosecute a united purpose to oppose those adversities, and by doing so, make the world a better place. As the bard once penned — "To be, or not to be: that is the question; Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?" ("Hamlet," Shakespeare).

We either continue to fight among ourselves, or coalesce as a nation and confront our problems, our enemies, and our hurt feelings, and thereby secure a better future for our children, their progeny, and lastly for ourselves.

Fredric Butler