While voters in Fulton County honored their Republican roots and cast the majority of their ballots in favor of GOP presidential challenger Mitt Romney last week, it was Barack Obama, current US president, who prevailed.
Obama’s victory has resulted in trepidation on the part of those who supported Romney. Many feel that returning Obama to office is, at best, a horrible mistake, and at worst, the ultimate doom of America.
Ann Coulter, a conservative author, said, “People are suffering. The country is in disarray… We have more takers than makers and it’s over. There is no hope.”
Sounding a similar note, Bill O’Reilly, a conservative television commentator, said, “It’s not a traditional America anymore.”
A little more than half of the people who went to the polls disagreed with Coulter, O’Reilly, and the others.
But, set all that aside for a moment.
Remember this. America has been tested again and again. Birthed in war, torn in half by civil war, mended again, challenged by the powerful and the weak, the nation has survived, and thrived.
Disasters, natural and manmade, have befallen this great land. The nation has reeled, suffered, and bounced back again, and again, and again.
Economic chaos has threatened Americans many times over. Each time, people have endured, toiled, labored, and started over, to grow even bigger and better.
Disease has swept across the land. From the flu epidemic of 1918, to polio in the 1950s, HIV/AIDS in the 80s and 90s, and H1N1 and H2N3, the nation has treated the sick, fought to protect the healthy, found cures when it could, mourned when it couldn’t, and moved on.
Social unrest and upheaval has spread across the land. Labor strife, women’s suffrage, protest movements, the Ku Klux Klan, the Black Panthers, the Students for a Democratic Society, the sexual revolution, Gay Pride– all have washed over America, and still America exists and endures.
Hated, yet romanticized, crime and lawlessness have been features of American culture throughout its history. From the pirate Jean Lafitte to Billy The Kid, to Al Capone, to the Mafia, to the Bloods and Crips street gangs– all have tried to cut the heart out of America. Each has failed.
Greed. Apathy. Substance abuse. Pollution. Scandal. Religious fanaticism. All have threatened America, yet the nation stands.
Presidents have died in office, been assassinated, been implicated in crime, been impeached, and gotten stuck in the White House bathtub.
America still is a nation of selfgoverned great people. It has bent, it has changed, but it still remains and endures.
Have faith. Have courage. Don’t bet against America.