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11/9/16 - The Day After

By Scott Thomas
KFVS12 Vice President and General Manager

It’s finally here. November 9, 2016. We now know who our elected leaders will be for the foreseeable future.

The campaign ads have stopped.  The speeches and rallies are over.  But, what about all the emotions stirred up by what’s being called the most negative Presidential election of our lives?

You’ve no doubt seen the divisive posts online and on your social media feed. You’ve heard rhetoric from the candidates so confrontational that it may have surprised you.  And you might have even lost a few friends along the way. I hope not.

Yes, we all have a right to be heard. But honestly, have you ever seen it get as ugly as it did this year? Our country seems to be more divided now than ever. But, before you decide to move out of the country, or get into another online argument, let’s remember what really happened on Election Day.

The greatest Democracy in the world worked. 118 million free Americans went to the polls and cast their vote.  Those votes were counted.  And our country elected its 45th President. This election should be viewed as a celebration of our God given rights as Americans.  And we should never forget that.

Our Democracy has survived in this country more than 200 years. And the reason for its longevity is us. Our diversity of opinion is what makes our nation so great. In an age where we can share our opinion in an instant, it seems to take forever to accept the fact that others may not agree.

But here’s something we can all agree on: we live in the greatest country in the world! We are free to pursue our dreams. And we all want a better country for our children. No matter who you voted for, none of that changes. Now, lets come together as Americans and get to work.

I’m Scott Thomas and that’s our ViewPoint!

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