On Election Day, many Americans exercised their Constitutional right to choose those who will act on behalf of the entire population at the local, state, and federal levels. Now we move forward with the leaders we have chosen.

Both of us love America. Jim served our country in uniform and we both have devoted our adult lives to civil service. Regardless of who won the election, both of us believe it is time to put aside the strong emotions expressed by both those on the right and the left on the political spectrum and rationally discuss the issues before us.

One of the first steps would be to assess our news sources, particularly those we decide to share information from through social media. Are my sources of news objective, or do they lean to the left or right politically? To determine the objectivity of our news sources, we may check these websites, which assess the political objectivity of news sources: politifact.org, FactCheck.org, Snopes.com, and FactChecker (on the Washington Post website, washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/).

Knowing the bias (if any) of news sources is a first step in understanding how we may reach viewpoints on current issues. It’s a fair statement to ask a person, “What is your source for that information?” Their response may help us to understand that person’s viewpoint.

It is time to stop demonizing those who don’t agree with our view of the world. It’s time for us to work together to find common understandings of the challenges facing us individually and collectively. To begin, it is helpful to acknowledge the beliefs and values that we share as Americans as well as the culture of this nation — the history, language, places, music, songs, poetry, art, and architecture that have contributed to the experiences we share as Americans.

Among the values we share are those embedded in the U.S. Constitution — equality, justice, peace, and a system of defense. We believe that we are all created equal, that together we can defend this country through our armed forces, that we can and should provide protection in our homes through police and fire protection.

We believe in a system in which every citizen has the right to vote for representatives who will make decisions for us in local school districts, city and county government, state and national government.

We believe in the freedom to create our own means of support by creating our own business or service or by offering our labor in either the public or private sector.

We believe that all residents of this country have a right to a free education — although the limits are part of the national dialogue.

We also believe in providing for the well-being of residents, although the limits of health care and financial support are also part of the national dialogue.

We believe in freedom — of religion, speech, decision-making, the right to bear arms, the right to a speedy and fair trial, the right to be free of warrantless searches of our person or property, and the right to be secure in our homes.

We believe our freedoms should not limit the freedoms of others, nor compel others to take actions against their beliefs.

Perhaps the best place to start would be to end the vitriolic names thrown about as they serve no purpose other than to make the person uttering them feel a false sense of power over the target of the hatred. Much like in-person conversations, people attacked in such ways always feel pain, and often feel the need to reply in kind. This behavior never results in the exchange of ideas so critical to successfully working together to solve problems.

We could then begin to look at the problems we might agree on. That will require people who filled in different ovals on the ballots to talk with each other in a civil manner. They will also have to LISTEN to each other without shutting down emotionally.

Communicating openly, fairly and dispassionately will be challenging, but it can be done. First of all, it requires listening — really listening — and respecting the viewpoints of others.

We already have examples of living together in harmony. Look at any local sports field or court, and there will be stands filled with both Democrats and Republicans sitting side by side, cheering on their child or grandchild. At the local level, most of us rarely speak aggressively towards each other, much less resort to vile epithets. If we discover someone we share a common interest with (say our children’s volleyball game) has a different political position, we often simply avoid the subject.

Instead of avoiding conversations, we might be able to bridge the divides that exist in our society by realizing first the ideals that we share, by respecting the other person and their views, and by really listening. It will require us to make an effort that may not feel comfortable at first, but it will be worth that effort to do our part to bring our country together again.

(35) comments

WatchmanAnon

The election was not decided. State counts are being contested.

It's rich that you socialist democrats demand conservatives work across the aisle for a peaceful transition. You chose not to allow for a peaceful transition across the aisle in 2016 to present day. Your vitriol was constant to the President and his supporters. You declared war on us years ago. It is you who owe us a peaceful transition immediately. You have put our country through hell with your false claims of collusion and subsequent legal harangue. You have cost us millions to pay for these lies because you are sore losers. You have put your dissension on full display to the world which gave other countries the idea that they too could ridicule our Commander in Chief and by extension those of us who voted for him. Despite you, President Trump has done more for this country than you ever will. You declared war on the half of the country for electing Trump, so war it is. We do not concede.

Aim_High

Obama went to great lengths to ensure Trump had what he needed to keep the government running... I hope Trump doesn't give up easily because I would LOVE to see him dragged out of the White House kicking and screaming!! Biden is probably better off with zero help from Trump or his flunkies... drain the swamp and start fresh.

Nobody cares if you concede. The constitution doesn't say the president must concede. Biden will be your president Jan 20 whether you like it or not...

WatchmanAnon

1800

1824

The 12th Amendment

Trump wins

Biden loses

Nuf said

Fremonster

Well they started it! ???

KB Thomas

Be very carefull with Aim High propaganda, he is so far out in left field that he is going to end up in the bullpen.

Aim_High

Who remembers how Republicans acted during the 2018 midterms?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpOnt1cByT4

KB Thomas

CSD, very good post and watch Newsmax for the real news. Presiddnt Trump will drain the swamp and Fox news is dead.

Aim_High

Be careful with Newsmax, folks. It is very similar to World Net Daily and other extreme right propaganda sites pretending to be "news". It is run by wingnut hack and conspiracy theorist Christopher Ruddy. Its website is dominated by shock news, moral outrage,conspiracies, and trashy advertising for dubious "get rich quick" schemes, quack medicines/workout programs, and publications that feature ads for similar products. Some of this is regurgitated monthly in print form, though is seldom seen at news stands or repeated by actual journalists.

CSD

Just wondering, Bob and Jim: Why is NOW the time? Why wasn't 2016 the time? Voters exercised their Constitutional rights then and Trump was fairly elected. But he and, more importantly, his supporters -- many of them our family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues -- were wrongfully demonized and maligned by members of your political party for years. When your Opinion pieces acknowledge this abuse and sincerely apologize to Trump voters, I'm sure your requests for unity will be taken more seriously. Until then, though, I'm afraid you're just pandering to a man who abused his office and the public trust over decades and at terrible cost to the American people.

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Gary Lukert

OK, KB...WHERE IS THE PROOF THERE IS A GOD.....GOD IS FAITH, NOT PROOF. THERE IS NO PROOF OF HEAVEN OR HELL. DOESN'T MATTER WHAT PEOPLE "believe." People "believed" the World was FLAT. Just because they "believe" something doesn't mean it is true, real, factual.

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Gary Lukert

LIES!

KB Thomas

Aim high The John Birch Society was founded in 1958 to counter act Communism. It was the Democratic President Woodrow Wilson right hand man Colonel Mandel House who was the Grand Master of the KKK in Texas. Every student in high school and college should view this video. I have studied this new world order in dept for 50 years. It is a Satanic evil force that the radical left is promoting. The radical left always make up fake propaganda that the average person does not understand, this is their strategy and most of the time they hide behind the curtain not disclosing who they are. Please take the time to educate yourself. The reason they hate Trump is he will not be a part of Washington corruption, no matter what party is involved. It really is up or down.

Gary Lukert

Sadly, in those days...KKK was all over the South. The KKK is still Alive today, but, hates today's DEMOCRATS. They LOVE Trump and the Republicans, and, I am sure...they LOVE KB THOMAS! And, remember, 3 years ago when the Radical Right and KKK demonstrated in North Carolina...one of the Republican Crazies drove his car into Peaceful demonstrators...killing a young girl. And, your revered President Trump said there was GOOD PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES. THE KKK & REPUBLICANS CAME WITH RIFLES! Many of your Republicans today are VILE LIARS!

ibtirish

someone take my bet 1 year from now US Troops deployment will be higher than it is today, Put your money where Gary's mouth is, I got $1000 to bet, take me up on it .

KB Thomas

Aim high is a globalist.

KB Thomas

Trump at War with New World Order Alex Newman......

Aim_High

KB, be careful with Alex Newman... he writes for some very sketchy websites like "The New American" and "World Net Daily". Alex is also supported by the "John Birch Society" which is basically the KKK, but with a thin, stringy veneer of political theory. Alex is also only gets airtime from the shadiest news organizations like "Drudge Report" and "Fox News". He isn't someone you would want your kids around, thats for sure!

The only good thing I could find about Alex Newman is that he supports Libertarians. I used to not support the Libs, but now I don't mind them ever since their candidate sucked up enough of Trumps votes to give the victory to Biden. Thank you KB, and the rest of the Libertarian "party" for helping Make America Great Again!! DoN'T TrEaD oN mEEE!!

KB Thomas

The left wing radicals will control Biden or they will put him and his family in jail and China can blackmail him. America is looking into the jaws of a banama republic.

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Gary Lukert

Well, you know, Trump and his Idiot followers to "love kool aid!"

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Hollowed Ground

Which conspiracy is he promoting for that? Martians? Moon men who sneaked on board one of Apollos? Pregnant Qanon women pregnant with aliens from the twilight zone?

ibtirish

So, we should get behind Pres. Biden the same way all the Democrats got behind Pres. Trump? OK I will show Biden as much support as the Democrats showed Pres. Trump. =

Hollowed Ground

"You lie, boy!"

Gary Lukert

Well, just how much support did the republicans show Barack Obama and Bill Clinton?

Mitch McConnell said right off about Obama..that he would be a ONE TERM President. And, how much respect did they show the Democrats...when there was an opening, by death, on the Supreme court...in 2016...Republicans "sang like a well trained" Choir...that, since it was an election year. the appointment should be filled by the winner of the election in November. THEN, this year, with another opening, by death...that was less than 3 months before the election---MITCH AND THE REPUBLICANS (Except for the 2 most "StatesWOMEN" all approved of filling the opening BEFORE THE ELECTION. YES, your Republicans are DOCUMENTED LIARS! So, how does that GRAB YOU! Republicans, for the MOST PART, have Absolutely any Decency, No Character. Just THUGS!

KB Thomas

The fake news will not decide this election.

Hollowed Ground

Correct. The legitimate news has already done so.

Gary Lukert

I assume by that, sooner or later, Trump will get this to the Supreme Court, where his HAND PICKED judge will be a 5th vote to throw out all the absentee votes...and install Trump for President for life. That is what you are counting on. That is why Lindsay Graham wanted (and, Lindsay was a huge liar 4 years ago) that woman scum installed before he knew what was coming!

KB Thomas

Review: In their own words: The Democratic Party's Push for a Communist America.

Hollowed Ground

The push for a communist America comes from communist businesses. You know, the ones who want subsidies and handouts whenever business is down. Farmers and ranchers lead the pack, for they are business owners too. Did you ever hear a farmer or rancher say, "No more agricultural subsidies for me! Mr. Trump, stop my payments! I'm a capitalist and I accept the risks of my business environment. Please, no more subsidies!"

Hollowed Ground

The liberal press just called the presidency for Biden, 284-214, more or less, but they may have stepped into a big pile of fresh cow manure. Those numbers don't add up to 238. The 40 votes missing are NC (15), AK (3), GA (16) and NV (6). They awarded Biden PA (20) which announced it will do a recount. So will GA, so those votes should not be awarded to anyone yet. They did not award NC or AK to Trump where he has led, albeit slightly, from the git go, so he really has 232. Thus the news that Biden "won" is a lie, an alternative fact. Then there is the issue that the EC has not voted yet and will not vote for more than a month, so how can Biden be declared a winner when the voters who elect him have not voted yet? Nor do they even exist yet. Lawsuits are in progress by the dozen to suppress, halt and void the Biden vote. Any argument will do, truth or lie. The bigger the lie the better, and evidence supporting bombastic claims is not needed for goober judges. Under Republican dogma, that votes for Biden are fraudulent while votes for Trump are valid is a truism. There is also a movement for states with Republican legislatures won by Biden to rapidly convene and appoint Trumptards as their EC Electors so as to overrule their own popular vote. There is nothing illegal about that and it fits Republican ideals perfectly. I do hope ordinary Americans really do understand what little voice they actually have in selecting a president. But I don't think they do. Most probably think their vote goes to the presidential candidate.

Gary Lukert

Well, crooked Supreme Court judges are the only ones who can put Trump back in. Not the people. By the way, there are equal number of Democrats and Republicans counting these votes...and their names have to be checked off. If they already voted, then the absentee wouldn't count. None of the Republicans counting have said anything like that at all. BUT, HERE IS WHAT I WILL SAY....I couldn't care less if the Democrats cheated their butts off....anything to get Trump out, legal...illegal...doesn't bother me. And, wouldn't bother you the OTHER WAY AROUND.

KB Thomas

The Democratic Party is not a party but a criminal organization.

KB Thomas

To review the video I just posted, you may have to go to uploads by Greg Hunter.

KB Thomas

Review: Greg Hunter Weekend Wrap Up 11.06.2020..

Gary Lukert

Hey, KB, I don't have time...you do it for me!

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