For Joe Massaua, a highschool senior in Villanova, Pa., the election made him really feel enthusiastic about what the long run may carry …
We’ve urgent issues to unravel now: Covid-19, a recession, racial justice and local weather change. America is on a path to be extra unified than earlier than; we have to see it by, with actions from our native leaders and people on the nationwide stage. We’re one various American neighborhood. I sincerely hope these on each side will put politics apart to work for the great of the American individuals.
… however Drew Currie, writing from Colorado, says there could also be no method to patch up the nation’s variations.
It’s time to discover a method to cut up formally into two nations. Let’s keep away from civil battle. Let’s use phrases to seek out our method by a peaceable division.
Kate Landry of Hickory, N.C., worries about President Trump’s lasting influence …
It looks as if Trump has ripped the Band-Support off a festering wound of racism, ignorance and all-around anger and hatefulness. I’m unhappy and discouraged.
… whereas Martin Sherlock of Naples, Fla., blames the information media.
I’ve listened to the media bad-mouth and name the president every kind of names for effectively over 4 years. I’m ready to see the way you bad-mouth the subsequent president! The media doesn’t have any conservative reporter or workers, which I take into account a giant downside of division. Mr. Trump is positively appropriate when he says that it’s all faux information.
Lee Cross of Fort Smith, Ark., simply needs to get again to not eager about politics …
I’m trying ahead to getting off this political curler coaster that we’ve been on for the previous week and getting again to the ever-growing stack of must-read journals and want-to-read books. And because the Christmas holidays will likely be very a lot subdued this yr it’s my fervent hope that for as soon as we will observe the season of Creation the best way it ought to be noticed. All of us want time for peaceable reflection and — it doesn’t matter what our beliefs — hopes and prayers for the Biden-Harris administration.
… however Tom Levy of Oakland, Calif., says the combat is much from over …
For these of us who wrote postcards and letters, and phone- and text-banked to voters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Arizona and Georgia to get out the vote — the election is decidedly NOT over. That’s as a result of two Senate seats in Georgia are nonetheless up for grabs in runoff elections scheduled for Jan. 5. Take a break. Sleep in. And relaxation up. As a result of these of us decided to do our greatest to assist elect Democrats to the Senate in Georgia are about to leap in throughout the nation.
… and Richie Feathers of Boston is already anxious concerning the race after the runoffs.
As an alternative of basking within the victory for longer than a day, I’m already anxious about 2022, which, if historical past is any indication, will now skew crimson. This anticipated rebuke of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will likely be particularly irritating as a result of voters will declare not sufficient acquired carried out, however flip of their votes for Republican senators who guarantee not sufficient will get carried out.
Sam Fisher, of Katy, Texas, sees some hope for political dialogue near dwelling …
I’m trying ahead to the knot hopefully disappearing from my abdomen and my hair ceasing to fall out! I’m hopeful as a result of my oh-so-dear buddy and my oh-so-dear cousin have polar reverse views from mine, politically talking, and thru all of this, we’re working arduous to pay attention to at least one one other, study from each other, respect each other, love each other and discover widespread floor. And dadgum it, if we will do it, the entire nation ought to be capable of!
… and Darrell Sabin, of Moraga, Calif., sees the wholesome functioning of a two-party system.
I take a look at this election and really feel extra snug than ever that our type of authorities will final the check of time. This election confirmed that we’ve two wholesome events. The Republicans and the Democrats set information in voter turnout. Our nation happily has each Republicans and Democrats. Neither social gathering has all of the solutions. Each events are improper and each events are proper “among the time.” One social gathering corrects the opposite social gathering. Messy — however wholesome.
However Jo Baxter of Palm Metropolis, Fla., sees hopeless divisions …
I don’t see a lot hope on this divided, imply atmosphere, when each side can’t even agree on the details of a given state of affairs. I’m thrilled about Biden’s election, however scared by the sheer numbers of Trump’s help. Trump could ultimately transfer out of the White Home, however he has sullied the Oval Workplace ceaselessly.
… and Jeanne-Marie Lane of Everett, Wash., sees an uphill battle forward.
I’m not really searching for stupendous, noteworthy moments for the subsequent 4 years. I’m hoping for a return to communication and actions ensuing from willingness to compromise on each side of points, as a result of Trump received’t be within the center inflicting continuous battle and distrust.
It could take the subsequent 4 years for all of us to recuperate, even barely. To return to respect for one another. We’ve been in a battle zone and it might take greater than years to really feel higher about ourselves and one another and recuperate.
Ginny Swart, of Cape City, merely wonders whether or not the practically $14 billion spent on the election may have been put to raised use …
The thoughts boggles. They may have mounted local weather change for that. Mounted Iran. Mounted the well being service. All that cash wasted.
… and Lynn Alvey of Milwaukee speaks for all of us — particularly these of us at On Politics.
Has it actually been per week because the election? Why does it seem to be years?
Readers’ responses had been edited and condensed. Thanks, as all the time, to my colleague Isabella Grullón Paz for her assist.