The calls for unity are nice, but ring false

This is what hap­pens ev­ery time power tran­si­tions from one party to the other. Ev­ery­one wants to play nice to­day and talks about unit­ing the coun­try. This is a lovely sen­ti­ment, but we all know it is a load of crap.

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If not to­mor­row, or the next day, then some time very soon, both sides will be at each other’s throats again.

This is the trav­esty that has be­come the state of po­lit­i­cal dis­course in our coun­try.

This is the rea­son that we had to choose be­tween the two most di­vi­sive can­di­dates that Amer­ica has pos­si­bly ever seen.

It seems that most of the folks who voted for Don­ald Trump were re­ally vot­ing against Hil­lary Clin­ton. And vice versa.

Clin­ton won the pop­u­lar vote. Trump won the Elec­toral Col­lege vote.

Let that sink in for a mo­ment.

Once again, the per­son in the oval of­fice will be a man who did not get the ma­jor­ity of votes in our coun­try.

But the mar­gins of vic­tory are very slight. The coun­try is more or less evenly di­vided one which party should be our over­lords.

With that even split, we should be in the mind­set of try­ing to find com­pro­mise and re­al­ize that we’re not all that dif­fer­ent.

In­stead of look­ing for that com­mon ground, we’re all paint­ing any­one with a dif­fer­ent view as “the other” and us­ing that to com­fort our­selves while we vil­ify them.

While the Democrats and Repub­li­cans stoke those fires and vot­ers get up­set over non­sense is­sues, they are work­ing hard to make their cor­po­rate bene­fac­tors happy and do the bid­ding of the spe­cial in­ter­est groups that fund their cam­paigns. Mean­while, av­er­age Amer­i­cans are fight­ing over which side loves Amer­ica the most.

Be­cause you be­lieve in the ACA doesn’t make you un-Amer­i­can. Just be­cause you think the fed­eral gov­ern­ment shouldn’t pay for col­lege doesn’t make you un-Amer­i­can. And nei­ther of th­ese makes you a mo­ron.

We should be able to dis­agree about things with­out the animosity that comes from a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that en­cour­ages the men­tal­ity that dif­fer­ing view­points means ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences.

Now is the time to re­mem­ber that the peo­ple we elect are there to work for us, not just for re­elec­tion. So stop fight­ing amongst our­selves and re­mem­ber to hold them ac­count­able. Make them work to help all Amer­i­cans, not just the spe­cial in­ter­est groups who funded their cam­paigns.

We should be able to dis­agree about things with­out the animosity that comes from a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that en­cour­ages the men­tal­ity that dif­fer­ing view­points means ir­rec­on­cil­able dif­fer­ences.

JULIE JA­COB­SON — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump kisses his wife Me­la­nia Trump af­ter giv­ing his ac­cep­tance speech dur­ing his elec­tion night rally, Wed­nes­day in New York.

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