So today is Election Day 2016.
As I sit at my desk listening to happy students, caring teachers, hardworking paras and busy staff, I realize that whatever happens at the end of today, our country is so much more than any one elected official or ballot measure.
We are a vibrant, diverse, and optimistic people who share a common love of our home. We all want to see a future of greater freedom and prosperity for all our citizens, though we may disagree on how to achieve those goals. We ALL want our children to get a solid education, to be able to grow up knowing that whoever they are, they will be a valued member of society and that they will have the opportunity to work hard and contribute to that society. We want to be able to pursue our own definitions of happiness and to achieve our own definitions of success with as little government interference as possible. We value our privacy, security, and individuality but we also value helping those most vulnerable. We love innovation and technology but we also crave human connections. We want our country and citizens to be secure at home and abroad, and to aid others when atrocities occur overseas, but we don’t want to get involved in battles that our not our own. We have so much more in common that we have that divides us.
We will be OK regardless of the outcome of this election as long as we remember that we are AMERICANS – not Democrats or Republicans, Libertarians or Green, liberals or conservatives, Christian or Muslim or Hindu.
We The People – that is what makes America, and as long as we remember that, we will be just fine.
Social Science Specialist