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Campus must reunite after 2004 election

This item originally appeared in the November 11, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

The people of America have chosen a new leader once more.

Nov. 2 George W. Bush was elected to be the 43rd president of the United States. In a 215-year-old tradition, the American people have taken the future of their country into their hands.

A presidential election is the greatest democratic process in America. This is one of the only countries in the world that can peacefully sustain the stress of a new leader, and possibly different political party, every four years.

Unlike many other countries, the United States does not have to worry about tanks in the streets and army brigades taking over the White House. Such thoughts never cross our minds.

Though 47 percent of the nation did not vote for President Bush, the will of the people will be enforced because of the Constitution and other such safeguards. A man is not just born president. He is elected.

In presidential history, though some have been less stellar than others, there have been no truly bad presidents. Americans should trust Americans as fellow citizens worthy of making informed decisions, not as Democrats or Republicans out to destroy the world.

This is President Bush's opportunity to reach out to the people who voted against him.

There are already aspects of his presidency to be liked, such as his "No child left behind" campaign and his inspiring first reactions to 9/11.

Those actions have been universally approved in the United States.

No one can say, as they did in 2000, that Bush stole the election. With votes now in and counted, there was, and is, a clear Republican victory.

The Republican victory went over well with the conservative Tech campus.

The presidency now deserves our prayers concerning the war in Iraq and the Tech students overseas. The Tech Talk joins in wishing President Bush well.

With all that said, the election is over. In the moments of Sen. John Kerry's concession phone call to President Bush, both men agreed the nation was divided and in need of severe uniting. The same can be said for our campus.

Jokes and ribbing between students of different political persuasions often became critical and damaging. Friends and roommates were often at odds with one another. Few could set aside their platforms long enough to agree to disagree.

Republican, Democrat or not, we share this campus as one body. We suffer the same general education requirement classes and hurry to take the same tests.

Using the "Tech family" analogy, chalk this up to another case of sibling rivalry.

Can we all be friends again?

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