Back to normal

This week’s midterm elections have been called the most divisive in recent years. How true. It had gotten so bad that at one point, pundits were talking about “two Americas.”

They were wrong, of course, but the one-on-one political battles between Republicans and Democrats had gotten uncomfortably vicious for our tastes in some areas.

Thankfully, it’s all over and we have all survived. Followers of losing candidates were understandably heartbroken, especially in areas where the battles were exceptionally tight. As expected, the Democrats took control of the House, while the Republicans kept their hold of the Senate.

We are happy to announce that the prophets of doom who foresaw a permanently divided America got it all wrong. Where we truly stand is in the name we have been blessed with. We are the United States of America.

The very differences that threatened to divide us actually made us strong. We again saw with our own eyes that our democracy works. We may have differences of opinion on political, economic or even social matters, but as long as we can respect each other’s opinions, we will be fine.

We congratulate the winners and wish them success in their posts, never forgetting that they are first and foremost public servants. They were elected by their respective constituencies because of what they stood for, and what they promised to deliver.

As for the losers, they can always look forward to the next elections, taking comfort in the fact that they still earned for themselves a good number of votes.

As for the leaders of the Republicans and the Democrats, this will be a time to review what they did right, and where they could have done better. It has become clear as day that there is now a potent women’s vote, along with a Latino-American and Asian-American vote, among others.

More and more segments of our society are realizing that in unity there is political empowerment. This newfound strength should serve them in good stead in the years and decades ahead.

It behooves the next generation of leaders from both parties to have a greater awareness of the pulse of their constituents if they are to continue being relevant. The more senior ones, too, should have learned a lesson or two after witnessing the rise of previously ignored voting blocs.

For our Fil-Am community, we are happy to note that all of our kababayans who fought the good fight – whether they won or lost — sent a powerful message to our youngsters. We have come far and no longer have any reason to fear the challenges that lie ahead because we are now an empowered community.

We can only hope that future elections will not be as painful and divisive as November of 2018. Looking back, a lot of unkind words were thrown by both sides. It’s over and done now.

Now is the time to return to normalcy, for political opponents to reach out to one another and agree to do what is necessary for the US to move forward, still a beacon for democracy, still an example for developing countries to emulate, still the greatest country in the world.

God bless America!