This paper marks two momentus occasions: the 2012 Presidential Election and Veterans Day.
Unfortunately, we can’t tell you who will be our president for the next four years, because press time was on Tuesday, as the election was happening. (And it may still be in process today.) We were not willing to make the 50-percent-odds gamble on either man in this extremely close race. Maybe we should have. We would have been either right or wrong, and if wrong, the Guide could have been immortalized in a “Dewey Defeats Truman” photo opportunity.
Over and above the outcome of the race is the fact that there is a race. We choose our leaders in legitimate elections with more than one name on the ballot. Although we can’t imagine it any other way, billions of people in the world live and die in a completely different reality.
We thank our veterans for risking their lives to protect our liberty to choose our leaders, and for protecting everything else under the sun that falls under life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.