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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter: Thoughts on recent elections

  • Well, the elections are over and the outcome is not exactly as I would have wished.
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  • To the editor:
    Well, the elections are over and the outcome is not exactly as I would have wished. Some of the candidates I voted for won, others lost – that's politics.
    Like many political pundits though, I am still scratching my head over how a party can lose the election for the national chief executive, yet garner a huge majority of state chief executive positions.
    After a few days of thinking about this supposed division in our country, I take heart in two things. The first is that 116 million Americans went to the polls and voted. People woke up the next morning and either cheered or sighed, but there was no rampant, organized voter fraud; there were no massive protests with violence and death in the streets; and military or police vehicles were not parked on every corner.
    The second item requires a closer look at voting data. Go to any news organization website and look for the map that allows you to scroll over voting data by county. Find a red state and a blue state that border each other. Pick a red or blue county on either side of the state line. What you will find is roughly a 60 percent to 40 percent ratio in either direction whether you are in a red county or a blue county (there are some outliers, I know). Now walk outside your front door and look up and down the street. What this means in real terms is that anywhere from four to six of your neighbors did not vote as you did.
    Unless you regularly talk politics with them or they announce their affiliation through yard signs, you have no way of knowing the political persuasion of the nice elderly gentleman who picks up your paper from the sidewalk every morning and tosses it up to your porch, or of the young woman who smiles and waves everyday as she jogs by with her dog. They are your neighbors, not a faceless, nameless red or blue entity.
    On a final note to politicians of all parties, remember that we live in a representative republic. That means you represent all your constituents – not just the ones that voted for you.
    God bless America!
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