You’re not a child, so stop acting like it, the author writes.
Half of the country woke up on the right side of the bed Wednesday morning. People in this group smirked at the election results, watched reruns of President Obama’s speech and pompously texted family members who had voted for Mitt Romney.
But a lot of them weren’t so chirpy days before the election. Many Obama supporters threatened to loot and riot if he was not re-elected.
Although a handful of the tweets had a plethora of comical grammatical mistakes, the threats were not so funny. Some targeted members of the Republican Party while others simply focused on attacking white people and their businesses.
Instead of making educated statements about their choice of candidate, these people created the equivalent of an online fifth grade slam book. “Don’t play with her because she’s ugly. If you do, I’ll break your toys.”
As the election results came in, the threats of riots weren’t as prominent, but a new crybaby turned up.
Members of the other half of the country, who weren’t so happy with the outcome, started throwing online fits and temper tantrums.
“I’m moving to Canada,” a friend’s status read.
“No need for a job after graduation. I’ll just live off tax payers,” another tweeted.
“I left communism in Cuba for socialism in America?” one text-messaged.
They sounded like 5-year-olds who were upset and had threatened to run away from home. I could picture them standing at the foot of the front door with a suitcase in hand, looking back at the parental unit in disdain.
Both scenarios brought me back to kindergarten, and they were funny for a few minutes. But then I remembered these threats and reactions weren’t posted by children — they were posted by adults who were old enough to vote, yet not mature enough to deal with the idea of losing.
Just like our kindergarten teachers taught us, it’s OK to lose and it’s imperative to share. Americans on both halves of the country should follow these lessons from here on out.
Now that the results are known, and following the advice of both candidates, it’s time to work together to advance the country. We should become increasingly active in politics and voice our opinions more than once every four years. Yet it’s not just up to us.
Members of the polarized government need to stop acting like spoiled children, too. If we intend on making any progress, the gridlock that has occurred in the past must come to an end. It’s up to the president and members of Congress to utilize what they learned in primary school — just not what got them into timeout.
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