We are part of the greatest democracy the world has ever seen. We are admired throughout the world for our orderly transition of power. When the voters speak, the candidates listen. The victor will now lead our country for the next four years. The vanquished has exited the stage gracefully. That's the way it works here.

Having said that, I hope we'll be able to say the same for both candidate's supporters, some of whom have been whipped into such a state of frenzy that they're threatening to "take to the streets" or leave the country. A gentle reminder to  good folks of all political persuasions that this isn't India. Here, we agree to disagree without becoming disagreeable.

As a populace, we are not politically oppressed, nor is our freedom of speech in any danger of being extinguished. That's for sure. No one in this government censors what we read in the newspapers, what we watch on televsion, or which web sites we can access.

 have a system of government that maintains a balance among three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. Power in our country does not rest in the hands of one man or woman. We can forever be grateful for that fact.

Yes, our congress may still be deadlocked. We're running a huge national deficit. And we still argue over important national issues.

But at the end of the day, we wake up in a free America. For that reason, whether our candidate has won or lost, we can all sleep soundly, knowing that the free society in which we are all fortunate enough to live remains awake to the future possibilites of this yet great nation. Choose faith.