On election night, when the Ohio results came in & it was clear the President would get a 2nd term, I felt as if I'd been punched in the stomach & then forced to drink poison. The day after, America didn't feel like America anymore. It seemed like a place where our most cherished ideals had no meaning, & those who most deserved to be rebuked had instead been rewarded, empowered &, worst of all, emboldened in their misguided, reprehensible policies. I was inconsolable because the pain was as great as my love for my country. That was in 2004. Now, finding myself on the other side of the experience, I won't gloat. I understand how bad it feels. We disagree about politics, but as a Christian & an American, I join you in prayer for our nation.