There is much to be learned from this election (no matter our perspective):
1) Democracy relies on active engagement and participation
2) Voting is not enough--its just the bare minimum of democratic participation
3) For liberals/progressives this shouldn't be a time of mourning and for conservatives this shouldn't be atime of celebration--we have to step up and say to our country, our localities, our neighbors, our fellow citizens... what can we do to make this a better place, a better nation a better world. Our nation is facing a serious democractic crisis--and it won't be solved by quit acceptance or celebratory high-fives--no matter our perspectives/worldviews we should be concerned about our democractic process and the deep divisions within this country.
4) Think movement--elections are not the end of our political involvement. A groundswell of people voicing their concerns and active democratic engagement with the system is what will make systematic changes.
Time to revisist the civil rights movement, the workers movements, the suffragettes, stonewall, 1968, even the conservative revolution (as a progressive I think we have a lot to learn from them--not to imitate, but at least to understand their appeal and methods), etc... elections never truly brought about these changes, people raising their voices, not afraid to speak their minds and organizing to address social injustices... this is what wins hearts and brings about true change!
This appeal to fear and panic will only last so long--what will fill the vacuum that will appear?
4) Can we ever again doubt that our electoral system is not seriously flawed? Ask yourself why neither the republicans or the democrats want to change our voting system (and the multi-million dollar campaigns)? Once again think "systematic" change!
5) Count every vote! Why would this be unamerican or unreasonable? Count every vote! Isn't this what we would demand of Afghanistan or Iraq in their elections? Count every vote! Even if it takes two weeks. Count every vote. We can spend the time discussing the problems with the system. Count every vote!
6) What do you think? We must hear from everyone!