November 7, 2012

Editorial: Working together for the common good

— As we write this, we don’t know who the winners of Tuesday’s elections are.

We do know that, especially in the presidential race, passions ran high. Some people are going to be very happy today. Some people are going to be very disappointed. That’s OK. That’s understandable.

To those whose candidate, or candidates, lost, we urge you to remember that one election will not bring the end of this republic. We ask you to recall these words, attributed to Henry Ford: “What’s right about America is that although we have a mess of problems, we have great capacity — intellect and resources — to do something about them.”

To those whose candidate won, we ask you to be gracious in victory.

And to both sides, we urge you to remember that many intelligent Americans of good will disagreed with your choice. They are not necessarily evil or racist or communist or hateful. They are simply citizens with different priorities and a different judgment.

“You can disagree without being disagreeable,” said President Ronald Reagan.

In the days and weeks and months ahead, America will face many challenges. Indeed, as we write this, some of those challenges may involve an election that may not be fully decided on Tuesday.

We should meet those challenges as one people. We may not be united in all of our goals and all of our aims, and no citizen should sacrifice any principles he or she holds dear for the sake of compromise. But we should be able to work together for the common good in those areas where we can find agreement, and we should remember that even those who most vehemently disagree with us usually also want what is best for this country.