November 05, 2008 Barring any hanging chads or similar irregularities reminiscent of past election malfunctions, we will all know who the next U.S. president is by the time you read this. The muckraking will have subsided and the candidates who have loved the fight will have laid down their fistfuls of mud, washed their hands, and will have begun the new job of figuring out how they can hold hands across the aisle to accomplish a little bit of what they've campaigned for. And, as in a marriage once the wedding is over, they will be rolling up their sleeves to begin the hard part—the real work.
Some of us will be elated—some of us sad. Hopefully the person on whom the mantle has been placed will be humbled, realizing the magnitude of the job before him.
On the rest of us will have fallen the massive responsibility of holding up the arms of the man who will represent us both internally and to other principalities, remembering that united we stand, divided we fall. With checks and balances in place, we will move on. As we do so, it would serve us well to brush up on the preamble of our constitution—well, maybe on the whole of the constitution—but at the very least, on those brief opening remarks; recalling that though our country and its leaders (and the rest of us) are imperfect, we still have the best country there is.