Keep Calm and Carry On

In the year, months and, especially, days leading up to the 2012 presidential election, it seemed impossible to log onto a social networking site or leave the house without being reminded of the upcoming vote.

Tweets, Facebook statuses, signs, and bumper stickers supporting one candidate or bashing another were everywhere. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s promising to see so many people caring so passionately about the future of our country.

Keeping that in mind, now that the election has passed, it is important that people don’t let their passions get too out of hand. It is one thing to support a candidate in the time leading up to the election, but it is also important to support the President in the four years afterward.

Last Tuesday, Barack Obama was reelected as President of the United States. It was a close race, but, after taking the key swing state of Ohio, the incumbent pulled ahead of his challenger.

His supporters were ecstatic, taking to  Twitter and Facebook to declare “Four More Years!” while those who supported the Republican candidate Mitt Romney went to sleep, naturally, disappointed. But whether that night was spent celebrating or protesting, it is time now to move past the campaign frenzy.

What Republicans and Pro-Romney Americans everywhere must remember is that their candidate’s loss isn’t the end of the world. In four years there will be another election and another candidate to get behind.

Hopefully, with the campaign out of the way, things can start to get done in Washington D.C.

What Obama supporters must realize is that his election does not reflect the mindset of the whole country. Half of the country was enough of a majority to reelect the President, but not enough to please 100 percent of Americans.

It is true that 50 percent of the voting population did not vote for President Obama to be reelected. But whether you’ve been rooting for him or for another candidate over the last few months, it is time to let that go, at least until 2016.

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