"Some will win and some will lose." You may recognize the quote from the band Journey.
At no time will these words be truer than the day after the elections. We are a nation deeply divided politically. As I write these words on Tuesday of the elections, the presidential race is a dead heat. Passions run high.
There is a well-known saying that at a dinner table we should avoid all discussions of politics and religion. We intuitively understand how tough it may be to disagree without being disagreeable. The easy road is to opt out of the conversation.
Here is the reality.
As a country, we cannot and we must not shirk from the dialogue. The strength of our community emerges from our ability to value the disparate voices and struggle to find consensus. The moment we stop speaking to each other, we all lose. As I waited on line to vote, I sensed the innate desire for all of our country to make a difference and be heard. In truth, our aspirations for our country -- freedom, prosperity, social responsibility, and human dignity unite us more than divide us.
The road to realize these goals may be different but our underlying raison d'être remains strong. We cannot and must not forget our common destiny. As Abraham Lincoln stated, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
My grandparents immigrated to our country in the turn of last century. They fled Russia, Poland and Germany for the land of opportunity. My wife's family emigrated from Europe into the Deep South before the Civil War. We are all blessed to live in the United States of America.
My grandmother always reminds me of Lady Liberty -- the first image she saw of our country as she docked in at Ellis Island off the shores of New York. The words etched on the pedestal by poet Emma Lazarus, "Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" resonate today more than ever. The beacon of light symbolized by the "Mother of all Exiles" represents our unique role in the nations of mankind. These dreams unite us.
Whether your candidate was victorious or defeated, ask yourself in the days ahead, what can I do for our country? You may not be a member of Congress but reach out across the aisle... to your family member, a neighbor, a co-worker. Working together towards our future will enable us to realize our country's greatness.
Some may win and some may lose... the election. Yet, to quote Journey, one more time, "Don't stop believing!" If we do, we will all emerge stronger and more fortified as a nation to face the challenges and opportunities ahead.