Party leaders encourage acceptance, civility


With the long road to electing a the U.S. president coming to a close, the time has come for those on opposing sides to work together, talk to each other and be civil.

“The American people have become so divided and so polarized and angry, on the far left and the far right,” said Mike Kendall, chairman of the Dubois County Democratic Party. “And it’s been coming on for 50 to 60 years.”

Both Kendall and Mark Messmer, chairman of the Dubois County Republican Party, agree that the public must unite.

Messmer said he watched the presidential happenings this week with interest. The process should be allowed to play out, including any recounts, according to law, he indicated.

“If there are recount procedures that have to go through in a state or two, those will play themselves out in a pretty short order,” he said. “At the time that that’s done, however it turns out, we move on.”

Kendall said this is not the time to gloat. “The Democrats should not crow and coo,” he said. “They should accept with humility the fact that a significant popular majority voted for them. And they should remember that the Republicans did very well in a lot of state elections. We should be doing a little soul searching about what that means for us.”

Also, this is not the time to be bitter.

“The Republicans ought to recognize that they lost the presidency and not pander Donald Trump’s personality,” Kendall said. “By pandering that after the election, they’re undermining the election, and not for just this year, but for future years.”

Messmer acknowledged that no one party wins everything. That’s just how it is.

“This isn’t the first national election that didn’t go the way I hoped it would,” he said. “But I’m sure there will be other national elections in the future that will.”

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