This election is over.
There are some hurt feelings. That is what happens in a competition. There are winners and there are losers. Part of me wants to readdress the problems that stem from the fact that “everyone’s a winner” is a common theme in schools, but it isn’t the place or time. Everyone is not a winner every time. I wasn’t.
But does that make me weak? Does that mean I don’t go on? Oh no. This is the time I remember one of my favorite mythological creatures – the phoenix. The phoenix rises from the ashes. The story originated with the Egyptians, then the Greeks, throughout time even to the modern Fawkes – the phoenix in the Harry Potter series. The phoenix is not immortal; it has to burn, die, and reborn to continue.
What will Imperial Beach do to bring the chasm that this election created, repair itself? What will be the phoenix for our city and our citizens?
We must look to those leaders, and put our faith that they will lead us into the next few years. We must let them lead as they see fit, with the citizenry’s guidance. We must hold them accountable to the promises made and balance it with the faith we put in them. It is a balance our forefathers hoped that we would grasp.
I want to call a peace, congratulate the winners, and wish our city, state, and country all the best in the next few years.
Please join me in this peace. The name calling, the hated, the hurt needs to stop. We can’t look back; we must look forward.
My father said something on the day that I told him I aspired to be in politics. “Remember, with every vote you make, do what is best for the State.”
I wish is that we can all come together and do what is best for our cities, our state, and our nation.