Happy Election Day. Will Democracy Survive?

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Op-Ed by C J Oakes

Perhaps no element of the legal entity known as The United States of America is as important as the transfer of power. The U.S. Consitution is the foundation for that transfer of power. By intent, the Constitution outlines the means by which power may be peacefully transferred within the nation.

Ironically, I was reminded of this fact while watching the latest Netflix Original, The Crown. In one episode, we see the second election of Winston Churchill as Prime Minister. We are also remined in another episode that the mark of democracy is the peaceful transfer of power from one party to another. As Benjamin Franklin noted when finally deciding to vote for the Constitution, although it is not perfect it is the best yet devised.

Election 2016 has been One of the Most Heated Elections in Modern U.S. History.

Anyone who has been keeping up with this Presidential election knows that it has been one of the ugliest in modern times. In fact, this election has been more like those in the mid-1800s when at times, literal mud was slung. So for most of us growing up during a time when the transfer of power in the nation has been relatively civil, this election has come as a bit of a shock.

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speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I for one, have delighted in watching it. Whereas I do not support either major party, this election has been one for the history books. I suspect that regardless of the outcome, people will talk and write about this election for decades to come.

To one corner, we have Jill Stein. Few know about the Green Party candidate, but for anyone concerned about global warming, she is the voice to follow.

In anther corner, we have Gary Johnson, best-known for knowing nothing about foreign affairs. Of course, as a Libertarian, Johnson need not clutter his mind with such things because he stands for pulling the military back home and defending ONLY U.S. Borders. No need for a wall, because we will then have plenty of living eyes on the borders.

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Official portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaking of Walls, we then have Donald J. Trump. The cutthroat but very successful businessman and entertainer from New York, California, and Florida, Trump has surpassed the expectations of nearly everyone. Despite his often hateful rhetoric and brash tongue, he is holding strong in many states and may possibly win the election.

The only force standing in his way, of course, is Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton naturally holds the democratic stronghold states and according to most analysts, only needs one battleground state to win.

Through it all, Clinton and Trump supporters have been at odds unlike any election in modern history. At one point, each candidate was tossing protester’s from their rally’s. However, in the closing days, Clinton has backed off that position, permitting the occasional dissent. This is, of course, a strategical choice.

Regardless of Outcome, The Most Important Thing is the Peaceful Transfer of Power

No matter the outcome in Election 2016, the most important thing is the peaceful transfer of power. No democracy can survive unless all are willing to compromise. During parts of this election, there have been rumblings which indicate that some may not accept the outcome.




For justice and the rule of law to survive in any democracy, there must be order not chaos after an election. This election has the potential to either divide the nation further or to heal. We can allow ourselves to get caught up in the same mistakes other democracies have made and dissolve the rule of law in this nation or accept the outcome.

The choice is ours…We The People decide if we keep democracy in America or fall into infighting after. I know that my candidate is not likely to win and I also know that I will not like the outcome, but I am resolved to accept that outcome and move on. I hope my fellow citizens decide the same.

Remember, we all get another shot in four years. Happy Election Day. May Democracy survive.



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