Josh’s message on Election Day: Don’t be an asshole!

I know that today is a tense and stressful day for many. It will inevitably end with half of the country elated that their candidate won the election and the other half fuming mad that their candidate lost. I won’t tell you who to vote for, but I will tell you this: Don’t be an asshole!

I’m appalled by how some of you are acting lately. You have the right to vote and you should, but you do not have the right to threaten, harass or intimidate someone because they’re not voting the way you want them to. You do not have the right to assault someone or vandalize the signs on their property because their beliefs aren’t the same as yours. Please keep in mind that the person who’s invoking this white-hot rage within you is just as entitled to their opinions as you are to yours.

There is no perfect world in which we’re all happy with the outcome of an election, but at the end of the day we still have to live and work together. There’s no politician that can solve all of the country’s problems and I think we can all agree that there are serious problems. Sometimes it takes more than a vote to initiate change and it’s much harder to do when we’re divided. When we come together, it’s easier to stand against atrocities. Certain groups wouldn’t be able to vote today if that hadn’t happened. It happened because enough people came together.

Positive change isn’t fueled by hatred. Degradation of a society is fueled by hatred and separation. Remember that when you’re at the polls. We can’t agree on everything, but the world would be an infinitely better place if we could agree to be decent to one another.

Josh Wyman

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