Sometime tomorrow we will know who the American electorate has chosen to be the next President of the United States. If I make a prediction now, I have a 50% chance of getting it right. That's better than most TV weather forecasters do, but I will refrain.
What saddens me is that the election results will not signal the end of the political cycle and the advent of the governance cycle. It will just be more partisan politics writ large on the canvas of the new political reality which will last until at least the mid-term elections of 2010. It will be the party in power (or at least in control of the White House) fencing with the minority party (or the opposing party in control of the House or Senate or both). It will be a dance to begin to place the blame for whatever will be perceived to be wrong in two years on the policies and platform of the other political party. For some, November 5th will become day one of the 2012 presidential campaign. (Which if you read my post which alluded to Mayan cosmogenesis and hold to that particular belief you will not sweat the 2012 election results for too long).
What this country desperately needs in these times of turmoil is governance, not politics. Men and women, dedicated to a career of public service that are looking to govern the nation, making decisions to administer and manage the affairs of this nation, not just run for office.
Let us pray we get some governance in the upcoming weeks, and months, and years. We have had enough politics to last our lifetimes, and the lifetime of the nation.