Now! We have to work together

The election is over. Whether we're elated, disgruntled, satisfied, disgusted or even flabbergasted, it's now time to work together. We're all Americans who've argued, reasoned, occasionally ranted and even ignored our way through the democratic method of choosing our leaders once again. It hasn't always been fair and honest, but close enough. And our system still beats most of what else is around.

Now, more than any time since the Great Depression and World War II, our leaders have to do their level best to pull in the same direction. But that won't happen without compromise. Ever hear of Henry Clay. He was one of our more gifted legislators in the past who never made it into the Oval Office. Our history books recognize him as "The Great Compromiser." The Civil War was held off an extra 11 years partly because of him. Read about it!

In contrast, we failed to join the League of Nations after World War I largely because Woodrow Wilson's political skill deserted him in his last years as he made joining the League a partisan issue. A lesson learned. Desperate times were only a dozen years away.

When Franklin Roosevelt came into office in 1933, banks were failing, one-third of our work force was unemployed, homes, farms and businesses were being foreclosed all over the country.

In pushing his reforms for recovery, FDR had three Republicans as well as fellow Democrats in his administration. Also, Frances Perkins became our first woman cabinet member as his Secretary of Labor.


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Later, as threatening war clouds gathered in 1940, he appointed Republicans Henry Stimson Secretary of War and Frank Knox Secretary of the Navy. And, when we were bombed and strafed into the war at Pearl Harbor, party affiliation was submerged by the strongest wave of patriotism I've ever known in my lifetime.

By pulling together, we came out of both cataclysms.

Whether your guy won or lost, it's time to do it again.

While we're getting ready to compromise, cooperate and become prosperous again, here's a look at today's date in history.

First off, Nov. 9th marks one of world history's great compromises -- the Berlin Wall came tumbling down. East and West Germany were getting together again, giving democracy a chance to squeeze through the Iron Curtain and contribute to the downfall of Soviet communism.

And, on this date a long time ago in 1731, Mary Welsh, once an indentured servant from England and George Banneker, a former African slave who became her husband, had a baby they named Benjamin. Much like his namesake, Benjamin Franklin, mixed-race Banneker grew up to be a talented scientist, inventor, astronomer and an architect. So much so, as the 18th century was drawing to a close, he surveyed the land and designed the layout for Washington D.C. Another American to read up on.

We have a proud history. But we'll have to work together if we hope to preserve it.