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Election Day Blues ... and Reds ... and Purple

Two days ago, Amy Campbell wrote about Election Day Blues. Was she inadvertantly trying to predict the outcome? When the Electoral College colors were spilled across the U.S. map, blue became the color of choice.

No matter which side of the palette you were on, whether your party preference was Republican red or Democrat blue, it's obvious to all Americans that there needs to be a meeting of minds of both parties to help all of us climb out of this economic hole. John McCain said it most graciously in his final election speech, just moments after congratulating Barack Obama over the phone.

"These are difficult times for our country and I pledged to him tonight to do all in my power to help him lead us in the many challenges we face," McCain said, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will."

If McCain can set party affiliations aside for the good of the country, obviously we all should. According to Robert Vanderbei's political maps, America is not Republican red or Democrat blue anyway. It's a purple nation.

We've all heard the word "change" hundreds of times throughout this election year. In order for it to really happen, we've got to stop taking sides. It's not about "their side" and "our side." We've got to melt our red and blue ways and make them one way.

God bless our purple nation.

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