As election day draws near there will no doubt be friendships broken, families divided and many Facebook acquaintances unfriended, deleted and blocked.
It is up to us as individuals how we wish to celebrate triumph or mourn defeat.
Let's stop for a moment and give some advance thought to our choices.
I don't mean to be defeatist here or jinx anything, it's simply about being pragmatically prepared for more than one outcome.
While not a religious man I am a man of faith in my ideals but I must realize that there are many other people of faith out there whose ideals are different than my own.
As this presidential election draws close, I can’t deny that I’m feeling a bit of angst and concern regarding the outcome.
I certainly hope that Barack Obama will be reelected and allowed to continue his attempt to clean up some of the mess he inherited, and I want to say that I have faith that the majority of my fellow Americans will vote to see this comes to pass.
At the same time, I realize that I must be prepared for an outcome that may not suit my desires and I need to decide how I as an American, as a man and I dare say as a gay man will handle such a scenario.
Prior to the election of President Obama, we as a nation were witness to what was undoubtedly the most reviled President that I can recall in my lifetime. Outside of George W. Bush’s direct supporters there seemed to be few people that stood behind him simply out of respect for the office he held. Most of us never missed a chance to show our dislike, disdain and outright loathing of the man, his agenda or policies.
For the past four years we have been fortunate enough to have a gentleman at the helm and despite some of the heinous things his detractors have said about him and accused him of, Barack Obama has remained a man of integrity, a decent man, a gentleman.
It is my deepest and most sincere hope that President Obama is reelected to serve this country for four more years and I will do what I can in my limited capacity to see this happen because I truly fear for the future of this nation should the Republicans come to power, and though I’m not an extremist, I can certainly see where we could end up as a nation divided and torn in a manner not seen since the separation of the Union and the Confederacy.
I certainly hope that should my hopes and expectations not be met that I can uphold the legacy of the gentleman that I’ve seen lead this nation for the past four years and treat his successor with respect and dignity, to not question his lineage or the manner in which he chooses to worship but do my best to accept his position and be as supportive as possible.