Now, the aftermath of the election brings soul-searching, as it should. Republicans, in particular, are pondering the source of their defeat. It is for them to decide which way to steer. But I would suggest considering the possibility that their flirtation with the extreme right cost them this election, because despite the loud noises made by a few, American voters prefer reasonable, centrist positions.
For the country as a whole, I suggest a collective recognition that America is a strong, mature, functioning democracy. But one with problems that need to be corrected. Let's hope the country's leaders acknowledge the seriousness of the electorate, and respond with serious and constructive work of their own on the country's many pressing problems.
And as they set to solve America's problems, they should strive to correct the flaws in the country's electoral system and try to build a more perfect democracy.
Frida Ghitis writes about global affairs for The Miami Herald. Readers may send her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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