But the sadness I feel about the outcome of this election is not greater than the sadness I feel about the prospect of a country divided, unable to speak to one another because of our political beliefs.
Some of the most pressing issues facing our democracy are playing out in our own neighborhoods, all around us, at the local level.
But cost of a vote is bigger than just the numbers. There is inherent value in voting, and a moral price we pay when we do not.
As a leader like Harry Truman showed us, no one is ever truly prepared to be president. But they can try.