Hold on a minute. You’re not done.
Election Day is usually the sum and substance of civic engagement. Whether you consider it duty or privilege, whether you partake or not, casting a voting usually represents the end of the process.
As has been noted ad nauseum during the past 18 months, this has not been an ordinary election cycle. The level of, or better yet the lack of, discourse has reached pandemic proportions. And, to be clear, both sides — left and right, Blue and Red, Democrat and Republican — deserve blame.
Candidates are no longer those we disagree with, they’re deemed illegitimate. So too are their supporters. So unable are we to see the other side that we stand perilously close to losing the very thing that should unite us all, the idea that is the United States of America: one nation.