Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated.

That’s why we do this. That’s what politics can be. That’s why elections matter. It’s not small, it’s big. It’s important. Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. We have our own opinions. Each of us has deeply held beliefs. And when we go through tough times, when we make big decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy.

That won’t change after tonight, and it shouldn’t. These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. We can never forget that as we speak people in distant nations are risking their lives right now just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today.

– President Barack Obama, 2012 victory speech

And that’s why I’m going to continue blogging about the issues – and why, if you are unhappy with the results of the election, I’d beg you to join in the national discussion on the issues.  GET INVOLVED.  Get your facts from multiple news sources.  (Read sources outside the US, even.  I suggest the BBC for daily world headlines.)

I’m going to do my best to stay engaged – and I’m asking you to join me, regardless of whether you agree with me or not.