Now we pick each other up

Star-Telegram - - Opinion - THE STAR-TELE­GRAM ED­I­TO­RIAL BOARD

Ever no­tice how foot­ball play­ers col­lide vi­o­lently, crash to the ground — and then help each other up or shake hands af­ter the game?

It’s a use­ful model for vot­ers, es­pe­cially af­ter the most heated, hard-fought midterm elec­tion in mem­ory, if not his­tory.

This elec­tion was a test of many things, in­clud­ing vastly vary­ing vi­sions for our coun­try and com­mu­nity. But it’s also a test of whether we can get past our pro­found dif­fer­ences, pick each other up off the ground and shake hands af­ter­ward.

A group of Fort Worth friends with ex­tremely di­ver­gent po­lit­i­cal views met Tues­day morn­ing and, among other things, toasted Amer­ica’s peace­ful trans­fer of power.

Even if you can’t toast the op­po­nent, you can cer­tainly ac­knowl­edge a sys­tem that, year af­ter year, decade af­ter decade, cen­tury af­ter cen­tury, hands the man­tle of power for­ward like a ba­ton to the next run­ner. How much bet­ter off the world would be if this process were the rule in his­tory’s zigzag pro­ces­sion of hu­man af­fairs rather than the ex­cep­tion.

In ad­di­tion, as much as any elec­tion any of us have wit­nessed, vot­ers should salute them­selves for a game well-played. You put your hearts, souls, money and time into it, for weeks and months at a time. Win or lose, you gave it your all.

This was cer­tainly the sen­ti­ment of one Fort Worth par­ti­san who posted on Face­book be­fore the polls even closed, “It’s all on the field. So if we lose, I know we did our ab­so­lute best.”

That’s the spirit. The Amer­i­can spirit.

With the knowl­edge that we did, in­deed, play our best, our job in the days and weeks ahead is to come to­gether and sup­port those we’ve col­lec­tively cho­sen to lead us.

That’s what we do here.

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Vot­ers gave the Nov. 6 midterm elec­tion ev­ery­thing they had. Win or lose, you should toast each other and sup­port those who we’ve col­lec­tively cho­sen to lead us into the fu­ture.

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