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So, November 6th has come and gone, yet again. And, reading your posts, I know the election results are not to your liking.

Some of you are quite unhappy that Barack Hussein Obama is going to be the President for another four years. Some of you are extremely nonplussed about this. And some of you seem to be so angry that you can't even type straight.

Obviously, I am pleased by the results, but I am not going to rub this victory in your faces or engage in childish behavior, because that's far beneath the level of discourse that's called for, here.

Instead, I am going to commiserate with you.

I, too, have had to watch disappointing returns on election nights in the past. I know what it's like when, against all hopes, someone you'd rather see disappear altogether from public life is going to instead be at its pinnacle for another, seemingly-interminable term of office. The things you hoped would be squashed by his successor will instead carry on, the reforms you wanted to see aren't going to happen as quickly, if at all, and the economy, various freedoms, and other things may not improve, or get worse.

I know how you feel. This was me in 2004. It's been me at other times, too, and I'm sure I'll feel it again several times in my life. That's how these things happen, sometimes.

Having said all that, my advice is to let your rage flow until it's out of your system. Try not to burn any bridges doing it, of course, but if you need to screed, make inflammatory posts, or fill your left-leaning friends' walls with anger and vitriol, then go right ahead.

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(Don't be surprised if they delete your posts, though.)

And then, when the anger has faded into disappointment, and then that has turned into trepidation, sit yourself down, take a very long and deep breath, and get ready to work alongside the President.

Yes, I said alongside . Not with , because you are clearly not with him. If you were with him, you would have voted for him, and you very clearly did not.

(Not for , either. He works for us, and not the other way around.)

But not against the President. Not around the President. Nor behind the back of the President.

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Alongside the President.

What does that mean? It means that, given that we are in troublesome economic state, and faced with enemies both foreign and domestic, and faced with many national and international challenges, this is not a time to be making the President -- your President, whether you like it or not -- the enemy.

It never really is, though sometimes in the heat of the moment, when we get carried away, we forget this. We get angry. We get stupid. And we unleash a fury that should be reserved for the likes of Al Qaeda against a man who, whatever his political failings and personal faults, is simply trying to keep American safe, prosperous, and free.

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J. Edward Tremlett is a lot of things, currently. He's back in the states after a seven-year stint in Dubai, UAE. He's been published in such diverse places as The American Partisan, the International American, The End is Nigh, Pyramid Magazine (more...)
 

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