Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote, “Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.”
As I watched many of my friends succumb to grief and disgust over the results of this past election, my mind turned to something my father said to me many years ago. As he was watching the results of the 1980 election, I had asked him who he hoped would win. He turned to me and said, “Lou, regardless of who wins, I still have to get up and go to work in the morning.” How right he was. For Election night may not have ended the way we wanted, it also marks the moment we start working towards the next election.
The best way to build a house is on a good foundation. As much as you may like to start further along the process, the foundation is what matters the most. As republicans, we need to build a good foundation for the next election. We start by laying the ground work by reaching out to the unaffiliated voter. We can’t assume that they are all democrats. Abraham Lincoln had once said, “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” If we approach the unaffiliated voter with good, sound logic and an open hand, we can and will bring them into the party. If you don’t think so, remember that Ronald Reagan started out as a democrat. We also cannot forget about the local elections. We need to continue to work hard to elect good Republican candidates into office at the city and state levels. It is not over. Day 1 starts today.
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by Thomas Jefferson