It is over now.
Americans have spoken.
They elected a new president to lead us another four years.
Bottom line — voting in a free election is the core of democracy.
Now it is time to shake hands and smile at one another, then come together as one and concentrate on the real issues.
The answer will surface over the next four years as to whether the decision of the American people was a good one or not.
Four years from now another decision will have to be made.
We are all Americans — not Democrats or Republicans. It is imperative that we all come together now as one.
The sooner folks come to understand this and adhere to it, the better off the future of this country will be.
Don’t think for one minute that we don’t have enemies within our borders and around the world that would not hesitate to attack with vengeance were there a right opening.
The division that has rocked the entire nation for the past year has the strong makings of the right opening.
It is a frightful possibility. Complacency and a “they would not dare” attitude is not the right way to handle it.
There are enemies who would make slaves of all of us, immediately kill millions and then topple the Statue of Liberty and torch the White House.
It would be an apocalyptic beginning of unimaginable horror.
Democracy in this little corner of the world would be over and other such governments would quickly fall.
These months leading up to Nov. 3 were unprecedented campaigns and nastiness never seen in this country.
It sends up the red flag that if America is to survive it is time to start acting like Americans — pay respect to those before us who made the life we live today possible.
Surely, they did not die in vain.
I don’t even like this metaphor of red and blue. We are all Americans — Black, white, Democrat, Republican, whatever.
If your candidate lost, get over it.
We must live together.
Since the Civil War ended in 1865, Americans have struggled.
Issues of equality have constantly been at the forefront.
It all has been a sad chapter in the progress of our nation, but it is all falling apart again.
This time, if something does not change, we may very well not have the opportunity to live together.
Together has been where the strength of this nation has been since day one.
An entire way of life is at stake here.
Support your president. He is the commander of not only our way of life, but also our military.
He is not God, but he is the president of what, right now, is the most powerful nation in the world.
This status of being free did not come free.
It can easily slip away.
William Holloman is a staff writer with the Mount Olive Tribune.