By Pat Wood
CEO Multimedia Channels
All of us are aware of the challenge to civic virtue posed by the recent election results. There was a lot of polarization and conflict during the election season, and now that the election is over, some among us feel vindicated in their beliefs, while others are fearful for the future.
All of these feelings seem to run stronger than in past elections. Here at Multi Media Channels we certainly see the ups and downs of public opinion in a time of deep division. Yet we also continue to believe in the basic goodness of the American people and our underlying foundation of shared values and beliefs.
America is more than just a group of people, a place on the map, or a collection of businesses. It also is a great journey for a people pursuing life, liberty, and happiness, and striving to have as much freedom as possible along the way. Some on the right fear that the freedom to bear arms will be limited, while others on the left fear that freedom of the press and free speech will be curtailed. Our belief is that as in the past, we will continue to find a way to support all of our freedoms in this great experiment in self-governance, a system of government that until 1776 had not been tried anywhere in the modern world.
Above all, we believe in the basic goodness of our fellow citizens, whatever their political beliefs, and that we all can come together around shared values: provision for the common defense, the rule of law, and fair and civil treatment of our fellow citizens of this great country.
So, let us pause for at least a moment and give thanks that through the division of a tough electoral contest, we still have managed that most difficult feat: the orderly transition of power from one side of the aisle to the other in this, the most powerful country on earth. And let us each give thanks for the blessings in our lives that mean the most to us and find a way to heal the divisions among us that remain.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving,
Patrick J. Wood