The Globe’s Point: Accept the election results and move on

Pioneers, we can probably speak for everyone in saying that last week was one of the most stressful of our lives. 

Election Day turned into Election Week which is quickly devolving into Election Month(s). Even heading into this process, we all knew the election was going to be a waiting game that would not satisfy our impulse-driven American tendencies. 

With this election being unlike any other in modern history, President Donald Trump as well as his supporters have cast aspersions on the system, claiming voter fraud was responsible for delivering the popular vote and electoral college win for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. As many experts who identify on the left and right aisles of the political spectrum have already pointed out, there is no evidence to suggest that widespread voter fraud occurred in this election. 

This election has come to embody how divisive our society has become in the last five to eight years. No matter the results, a whole half of the American population was going to be distraught and not trust that the outcome was fair. 

This kind of belief is indicative of a toxic and dangerous cultural shift. When we lose faith in our tried and true democratic systems based on partisan conspiracies, we put our very democracy in danger. 

As we stated in an earlier piece, we did not endorse a political candidate for this election and neither will we, as an entire editorial staff, give an opinion on the results. However, it has become clear that Joe Biden has won with a definite majority, and this is something the nation will have to accept for the next four years, just as the American people did four years ago when Donald Trump was elected. For the good of our country and for the sake of maintaining relative stability in one of the most difficult times in recent history, we as Americans will have to accept that Biden won the presidency, even if some of us wait to do so until every single ballot has been counted. 

So take a deep breath and relax, Pioneers. You either did or did not exercise your right to vote and be heard and you can move on with your life. As Dave Chappelle said in his Saturday Night Live monologue, make peace with yourself and make peace with your neighbors. It is the only way forward.