Positive actions needed for positive change

Are you glad the Nov. 8 General Election is over?

Whether last week’s election left you feeling happy, sad or maybe even mad, most people would probably answer “yes”.

This presidential election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was particularly divisive as insults and accusations were made by each candidate against the other. The election also pitted friends and relatives against one another.

We believe it’s time for our country to heal the wounds that have been made over the past few months. We need to take a breath and re-evaluate some of the basics, especially how we treat people who don’t share our beliefs. This is important so we can move on as families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and a nation.

In the Bible, it is said that a house that is divided cannot stand.

Looking at this in terms of the election and our country, we will fail if we do not come together as one. This doesn’t mean we have to agree all the time, but we should at least be supportive and kind to one another.

Even though the election is over, so many people are still divided. Frustration is one thing. However, many folks have turned their frustrations into appalling and downright nasty attacks.

Social media has been an outlet of hate for many people unhappy with the election’s outcome. There’s been a whole lot of “unfriending” going on. Some have also resorted to violence and destruction of property.

A Facebook post we saw the other day really stuck with us and is wise advice for us all: “Belittling doesn’t end bigotry. Arrogance doesn’t end division. Hate doesn’t end hate.”

We need to stand united!

As the recent Tim McGraw song goes, “Always be humble and kind.” A little love and kindness goes a long way.

Love him or hate him, let’s give President-elect Trump a chance at doing the job he was elected to do. He deserves that opportunity, as have all the men before him have had - Democrat and Republican.

On a local level, we congratulate all who won their races, including Sheriff Ed Carroll on his successful re-election bid, because each one plays a vital role here in Barnwell County. Those who ran unopposed still will need the support and guidance of their constitutents.

Our soon-to-be president ran on a platform of “making America great again”. While we hope he can move our country forward by improving the economy, creating jobs, improving the quality of life for Americans and keeping our country safe from terrorists, the fact is that we all play a part in making this country, state and county the best it can be. He cannot do it alone. It will take the work of all elected officials as well as the public to achieve greatness.

How can you spark change?

Love your neighbor. Spread kindness. Volunteer. Share ideas. Get involved. Stay informed. Attend public meetings of local boards and councils.

We feel passionate expression can be had without vulgarity or destructive actions.

No matter what you do, please be sure to turn your frustrations into something positive.

Negative actions only turn people against the cause(s) you support.

The next generation needs us to step up and be positive role models. If you don’t think our children are watching and listening to us, think again. That’s why we must think before we speak, act out or post on social media.

This quote may be trite but it is also true - “If you are not part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” We ask all South Carolinians (and Americans) to be a part of the solution.

Positive actions are needed for positive change.

We have a lot to be thankful for here, but there’s a lot of work to be done to make Barnwell County the best it can be. What are you willing to do to help?

Let’s make Barnwell County the community others envy and want to emulate.