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Another Election is over...and we are still HERE!

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Another Election is over...and we are still HERE!

LibertyWell...another election is finally over and I can again say unequivocally that I am very proud to be a citizen of this incredible experiment called Democracy. I am NOT a Red American or a Blue American but an American! I wrote a post after the last Presidential Election, The Election is over...and we are still HERE! One more time, we have proven that we are one of the few countries that can witness the peaceful continuation of power in spite of all the rhetoric, impassioned argument and this time around, some of the most hateful, vitriolic and downright dishonest campaigning ever witnessed. I have not spoken out much and this will only my second political post ever but again I was very impressed and relieved by what I saw last night.

Though Florida, is, once again stuck in its ongoing dysfunctional election process (People waiting until after 1:00am to vote...Really?) the rest of the votes are tabulated and there was a clear winner. I am happy about this, no matter who came out on top. The 2000 election brought out the worst consequences and the hard feelings, accusations  and turmoil were felt for years after. The pundits, politicians, talk radio loudmouths and TV commentators that have sought to divide us have no patriotism...they are only selling ad revenue. Fueling fear, anger and hatred has never been in the best interest of anyone. I am a middle of the road independent and see good ideas from both sides. I don't like the way folks are demonized just because they have slightly different ideas. Honestly, we are much closer than those who would seek to Balkanize us and divide a country whose first name is "UNITED"!

Watching Mitt Romney's concession speech, it had to be clear to even the most jaded of voters that he is a good man. He is a person who loves this country and wants to make it a better place. His words were filled with dignity and grace as he acknowledged his defeat. He paid tribute to our absolute need for the nation to come together,

"The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion. We look to our teachers and professors, we count on you not just to teach, but to inspire our children with a passion for learning and discovery. We look to our pastors and priests and rabbis and counselors of all kinds to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built: honesty, charity, integrity and family."
His nod to President Obama, " This is a time of great challenges for America, and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation."And so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation.

President Obama's speech also recognized the enormous challenges facing our country and stressed again the importance of uniting as one nation in spite of those who worked so hard to divide us!  I liked the fact that he was inclusive of Governor Romney in the future plan of our country, " In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward" .

And I believe he really wants this country to succeed as much as any other citizen when he said, "I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions, and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are and forever will be the United States of America."

"And together with your help and God’s grace we will continue our journey forward and remind the world just why it is that we live in the greatest nation on Earth."

Thank you, America. God bless you. God bless these United States.

Today is Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 and it's great to be an American. I did not get everything I wanted out of this election (no one ever does) but I am proud to be a part of a political system that allows us to disagree (sometimes vehemently) and still move forward TOGETHER. It's now about 6:30pm here in Austin, Texas and I am home from a busy day at work.  I am thankful to have a good job when so many are still out of work but I am encouraged that we seem to be making headway in our economy and hopefully beginning to work together to solve the many problems facing us as a nation. We HAVE to do this together and maybe even return to compromising to get something done. We will have to wait and see where this will take us all but again, I am still amazed at the way our great nation works and have to agree with the words of Tim Russert, 

"What a Country!"                         

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Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Good morning Russell - What a beautifully written post! I'm with you - I hope that the nastiness of this campaign ends and playing nice together begins. 

Nov 07, 2012 08:12 PM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Hi Sharon - Great to hear from you and thanks for the comment!

Sarah & Lee - I hope that there words are taken seriously by the new Congress

Van- It's always a great day here but especially when we have another election. Unlike any place in the world!

Melissa - I completely agree with you and how ridiculous that it occurs in the same places over and over. It's absurd that some places make voting an endurance event!

Tiffany - True enough and thankfully more and more folks are tiring of the vitriol and jargon and want our leaders to get back to work!

Paula - Hopefully a large enough group will push to finally get some things done!

Gary - Thanks! I have my partisan moments but as I mentioned in the post, I am middle of the road and believe both sides have good ideas that need to be explored together!

Carla - WOW, That is it for sure, we need people who are actually thinking things through and not just overacting to absurd sound bites!

Christina - We are all in this together!

Bruce - Thanks my friend! Always good to hear from you!

M. Lynn - Excellent description of how the situation has deteriorated, "Now many of the pundits are so far to the right or left that they are simply adding to the problem and simply pointing fingers."  Thanks for the input!

Bill - You always crack me up and then again we still have some time for the Mayans to deliver their own disaster! Or...did that already happen too?

Andrea - I agree and to tell the truth, my wife made a rule that if I start yelling at the TV...it is turned off ;-)

Nov 07, 2012 08:23 PM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Wayne & Jean - Some of the nastiness that has bothered me most has been the rancor between friends. It's a real shame when friends allow politics to cause a rift. Someone posted the photo below on Facebook and whether Jefferson actually said this or not, it makes complete sense!

Politics and Friendship

Nov 07, 2012 08:29 PM
Linda Piper
Planatek Financial, Inc. - Ventura, CA

Great post!  I too am grateful to be an American in the UNITED States of America, and believe that both candidates truly do want to do what is best for the country.  Now, what I want to see are the words in both speeches converted to action...I want to see the government officials we elected actually work together for the good of the country - have their discussions, figure out what solutions best serve our country then act accordingly.

Nov 07, 2012 09:35 PM
Johnny Davis
Ocala, FL
Where SOLD Happens!

Yes, we are still here. I personally voted for Romney, but my thoughts and prayers are with President Obama. 

Nov 07, 2012 09:43 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

. .I made a decision no more of this distraction for me. .but your post resonates with what is right in this country. .I lost a few friends in the last two months by unsubscribing or deleting them from my Facebook. . not because they wanted to vote for the "other" side. . it was because of their disrespect to my own opinion. .I decide for myself and for the future of my own family based on my own facts .. and not because it fits somebody's else  agenda.

I wish everybody else would that too. . 

We have a lot of work to do . . . but the future will always be bright because after all  . we live in the greatest country of the world. .and by choice. .at least in my case!

Nov 07, 2012 10:03 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I have talked up front and close with politicians and they don't speak or think without great effort...Politics demands a lot in return...specifically the child within does not come up to play

Nov 07, 2012 10:13 PM
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Russell, like you, I really do hope the two sides come together and get business done, like they should.

Nov 07, 2012 11:30 PM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Thank you for posting a very uplifting and positive commentary.  We all need to unite together and be positive for this Country as a whole.

Nov 08, 2012 01:54 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Linda I think all of the voters and hopfully more in Congress aretired of the my way or no way attitude and mayb get gooing...finally!

Johnny - Thats a great attitude and like you no matter the winner I will support the President though we can still disagree but compromise to move forward

Fernando I did not actually lose any friends over the election but relations were strained. Like you I made up my mind that I was not going to let politics ruin a friendship. It's just not worth it!

Nov 08, 2012 03:07 AM
Randy Harden MBA
CENTURY 21 Wieder Realty - Pompano Beach, FL

Yes, I hope this next 4 years doesn't show the gridlock of the past 4 years. By the way, Romney's campaign basically conceded Floriday today.

Nov 08, 2012 08:27 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Russell. We are still waiting for votes to be counted in Florida for absentee ballots, provisional ballots, and overseas ballots which include from those serving out of MacDill Airforce Base out of Tampa. So far we have 97%....

Nov 08, 2012 01:57 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Wonderfully articulated, my man.  Thank somebody's God it didn't come down to Florida, as we may just be finding out ... if we were lucky.

Nov 08, 2012 07:33 PM
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

Nobody wins REALLY, we are divided and if you don't believe that then so be it. With congress having an approval rating of 13% what decisions can they make for me. We keep electing lifers and they keep getting rich while screwing us.

Let Congress have the healthcare they shove down us, let us enjoy the laws they enjoy, can't be held liable or sued while holding office BULLSH...

Europe here we come and Illegals here you go come eat at the FREE trough that all non Americans get to eat at while the American worker pays your way.

Nov 09, 2012 12:32 PM
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Russell, I just wanted you to know that this comment is number 10 for me tonight, and I had to choose between YOUR post, and one about the San Diego Beer Week.  I hope you feel honored that I chose to comment on yours... LOL.

You mentioned Tim Russert at the end of your post.  I was always a major fan of his, and of course, miss hearing his wisdom very much now that he is gone.

Although I think many folks share your view that we now have to work "together"... these past few days have seen all too many... both citizens and politicians... who are adamantly opposed to working with President Obama for the good of our country.

If you look at some of the comments to this post... there really are some very, very jaded and angry people in our country who will carry their own brand of massive resentment towards our President, and, in turn, towards our country and our political system.  I am glad that the election is over... and I really, truly was hoping that most folks would "leave it alone" for at least a few months... but I see that is not what is happening.

For unfortunately... many have already picked up their torches and pitchforks... and all they can talk about is how they will totally refuse to yield an inch of ground in making any sort of compromise.

My question... what DO we do now?

Nov 09, 2012 02:54 PM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Hi Russel - I'm also glad it's over just so we aren't subjected to all the propaganda in the media.  Good to see you posting a blog here too!

Nov 10, 2012 09:54 AM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

 Arthur and I stopped by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 21, 2012 05:22 AM
Jim Crawford
Long & Foster - Fredericksburg, VA
Jim Crawford Broker Associate Fredericksburg VA

Russel I hope you and your family have a great and very Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 21, 2012 10:37 AM
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


We are still here a little less FREE and a lot less prosperous and many are uninsured. In a republic we get to experience the pain of a bad election but that pain is usually only 8 years long at most. lol Have a great week. 

Jan 07, 2014 07:02 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Alan, well these days, it seems like it does not matter who is in office, we (the voters) end up on the short end of the stick...


Thanks for stopping by and tell Jason I said hello!

Jan 07, 2014 08:17 AM