The national electoral college result is simultaneously extremely consequential and also somewhat irrelevant to a key challenge facing the nation. Whether today is a day when we celebrate or grieve, we all need to remember that a vital task for the nation is to heal our deep social and cultural divisions. No matter where the machinations of the electoral college settle out, the divide in the populace is real.
Americans must face the fact that the nation is divided in half about how we see this nation’s past, present, and future. If our future elections are to be less divided and our politics more productive, we need to start the work of reconciliation through dialogue.