"Every now and then a man's mind is stretched by a new idea . . . and never shrinks back to its former dimensions."
--Oliver Wendell Holmes
Today is our long-awaited Day of Reckoning for the political stripes of our nation. Tonight perhaps, certainly by tomorrow, we will have a clearer picture of what the next four years hold in store for us.
Which ever party “wins” tonight, the weight of the world will be upon their shoulders: the mantle of leadership will pass on January 20, and then the posturing and pontificating must be replaced by leadership and resolve.
It’s always interesting—and a little terrifying—to observe the transformation from academic theory to cold reality, and see how little margin for error there is—because you’re talking about plans and policies that affect people’s lives and futures.
I have hopes for who will occupy the Oval office.
I have fears about who might fill the role of "President."
Either way, after the final vote is cast this evening, and the results of the race are mercifully known, it will be time to put down our differences and become once again one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
For some that may be a stretch…but for the stretching, our minds will acquire new dimensions.