Time for prayerful reflection, not angry thoughts
I am writing to share my thoughts on Veterans Day and how it relates to the 2012 election. Like you, I am happy that the election of 2012 is finally history, but my thoughts don’t stop there.
Each national election generates strong opinions and arguments, and I am very grateful to live in a country where political disputes can be settled by votes instead of by bombs and guns.
On Veterans Day, Americans honored the sacrifices of millions who understood the necessity to defend and sustain our type of political system. These men and women have witnessed first hand the unthinkable and violent alternatives to our system. In far too many instances, it cost them everything.
This is why I think we should be more tolerant of each other during and after these elections. Our veterans fought, and many died, for a system of free and peaceful elections and a representative form of government.
Sadly, since President Obama was reelected, I have heard many harsh, angry, unreasonable and even violent voices and opinions on radio, TV and the Internet. In my opinion, this behavior does not reflect a patriotic acceptance of the outcome of the election.
Threatening violence or secession after an election is disrespectful to the American heroes who fought and died on foreign soil to prevent violence from reaching our shores.
In a few days, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, which is another opportunity to be thankful and grateful for our country and all its blessings, even though times are tough for so many of us these days.
Next month, we celebrate Christmas and the renewal that the birth of Christ symbolizes.
This is not the time for angry thoughts and confrontational comments. It is the time for calm and prayerful reflection and renewed hope for a better future where our great diversity is recognized as our greatest asset.
Fred Lundgren, CEO
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