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After election jabs, country needs unity

Nov. 4, 2004


Wednesday, Sen. John Kerry and President George W. Bush gave their final statements to end the two-day wait. Both candidates gave a speech we hope will unite our country after such an ugly campaign season that highlighted the strong partisanship of American voters. The Lariat editorial board commends Bush and Kerry for their honorable words at a time of triumph or defeat. For the past couple of months, American people have seen bickering and divisive remarks among citizens. Now, a decision is made, and now, the American people see two men who agree on one thing despite so much arguing -- unity.

"I hope that we can begin the healing," Kerry said at his Massachusetts headquarters. "America is in need of unity and longing for a larger measure of compassion," he said. "I hope President Bush will advance those values in the coming years."

Bush stated he will do all he can to earn the trust of Democrats.

"To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support and I will work to earn it," he said.

As Bush gets ready for his second term, America must not think things will be the same, but, as Kerry said, America will move forward. The only way that can happen is if our government leaders keep this in mind. We are glad to hear our leaders will fight for us but we must also remember they need to work together as well.

That can start with the young generation. Although the number of new voters as a whole has vastly increased since the 2000 presidential election, according to the Associated Press, the youth vote (18 to 24-year-olds) failed to meet the high expectations set by programs such as Rock the Vote. In order for the unity two great leaders spoke of Wednesday, we must still set our expectations high and have a voice in this new term of our nation.

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