The election is over. Regardless of the outcome (and I'm writing this before it's known), I'm going to spend the day considering what my political science professor, Dr. Richard Balkema, taught me at Valparaiso University back in -- er, back in the twentieth century.
The most important question in politics, Dr. Balkema said, was the one at the end of the movie "The Candidate" -- "What do we do now?"
It's been such a long process, and such a divisive one, that I find myself thinking of a different emphasis: "What do we do now?"
Whatever gets done in the coming year(s), we as a country need to find leaders and methods to do things together: not as interest groups or parties, but as U.S. citizens.
So "the candidate" (whichever one) is elected, and the question to the advisor in the movie -- and to the audience -- remains:
"What do we do now?"