The day after

Even for the most addicted political junkies, there is a peaceful feeling the day after an election that is more than welcome.

Mind you, tomorrow we junkies will be burning with questions about 2020 but for today there will be, blissfully, no talk of white nationalists, the effect of millennials, or torturous neon maps on television showing every congressional district in the United States.

This is written before the results of Tuesday’s election are known. We don’t know which party will have the majority in the House or Senate, we don’t know who the next mayor of Maui County will be.

Our fervent wish for yesterday is that a significant number of citizens in Maui County, the state of Hawaii and the United States took the time to vote. While we don’t expect — or want — to turn every adult into a political junkie, it is a privilege to vote. We wish more people would do it. It is always dismaying when only one-third or so of eligible voters bother to cast a ballot.

When we were growing up, our high school civics class was called “Problems of an American Democracy.” As we recall, a lot of those problems boiled down to nonparticipation of citizens. The summary at the end of the school year was, “Not everyone can be a candidate, but everyone can be an informed voter.”

Hmm, we are beginning to get away from the premise in the lead sentence of this editorial. Today is supposed to be a peaceful day to forget about politics. It is not a good day to harangue folks about nonparticipation.

But, if you are unhappy about any of yesterday’s results, tomorrow is a great day to begin to figure out how you can participate more in the process. As our old civics teacher used to say, “Everyone can make a difference.”

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