By Sarah Sarahan
Trinity Center Volunteer
Here we are. The day after another election. Some of us are elated and excited; others of us are devastated and discouraged. But as I have been reminded by people wiser than me, this is not an ending, but yet another beginning. No matter who won the election yesterday, the safe keeping of our democracy still lies in our hands. Whether you voted for or against your elected representative, we still have an obligation to hold them accountable to us – all of us.
We must remind them that their job is governance, not re-election; that compromise is a foundation of our democracy; that equal rights applies to all persons; that the worth and dignity of all humans must be preserved and protected; that the rule of law and our democratic institutions must be guarded at all times against reckless, malicious or ignorant acts; that individual rights and the common good are not mutually exclusive; that the right to dissent and the freedom of the press are not threats to democracy; but pillars on which democracy is built; and that all our actions must be rooted in compassion and love of our fellow human beings, not hate or fear.
From the pages of this site and out there in the non-digital world, I see real people that I know living out these values every day. I see people who quit their jobs to join the campaign of a candidate that they believe will make a difference; I see people having courageous conversations to learn about the perspective of others; I see journalists providing us with accurate and truthful information and showing us how to tell the difference between truth and lies; I see people examine their own privilege and seek to understand the experiences of others; I see people opening up their homes to strangers for campaign pop up campaign offices; I see people working to protect our environment and public lands; I see members of our armed forces leaving their families to be deployed in war torn parts of the world; I see people driving to the border and detention centers to protect children and reunite families; I see people going every week to their representative’s office to voice their concerns and opinions; I see people caring for the poor, homeless, and the suffering; I see people who have been struggling to achieve equality for their entire lifetime graciously share their experiences so that we may truly know the world we live in; I see people working in a non-partisan fashion to create a system where voting districts are truly representative of the people that live in them; I see people unselfishly caring for their families and their neighbors in need; I see people listening, becoming allies, and amplifying the voices that are so often ignored; I see people volunteering to be election judges to protect our sacred right to vote; I see introverts marching, block walking, and calling; I see people of faith praying for and supporting those with different beliefs; I see people holding up others in their grief; I see people demanding true justice and equality; I see people preach that love is the answer – not sentimental love, but radical, all-inclusive, unconditional, unselfish, and sacrificial love. I see hope. Let’s march onward together.