In less than 12 hours, polls will be opening around the nation in what has arguably been the most divisive presidential election cycle in our lifetimes.

Many on all sides are wanting to paint dreary pictures of life without their candidate in the White House, or – more often than not – life with their opponent in it. There are those who would have us believe that America’s best days are behind us. There are even those who seem committed to the ruinous idea that our nation has begun an irreversible decline.


Freedom’s holy light still shines from this land brighter than any other. In some years that light might be more dim than others, but shine it does.
Our best days are behind us only if we the people allow it to be so.
American exceptionalism is not defined by a president, but by a philosophy. Ours is a nation built on the idea that politicians and government leaders are servants, and that the people alone are the sovereign masters.

Just how brightly the light of liberty will shine is up to us. It’s our job, every day, to govern this land, to expand liberty, to fight tyranny.

I believe that the history of America’s best days has yet to be written. I believe that our nation’s finest hours are ahead of us, not behind us. I believe that for as great as America has been, the future will be even greater.

To do this we must, like our founding fathers, pledge our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor.

You and I have to commit to being more active the days after the election than we were in the days before it. The cause of self-governance demands it. The cause of liberty demands it. The future of our nation demands it.

Let us tonight resolve to pray for our nation. Let us ask God to give us the vision and strength to not just persevere until the next election but to thrive for His glory and the benefit of our 325 million countrymen. May we be given the opportunity to shine bright and stand strong for those around the world for whom the word “America” inspires their last, best hope for liberty.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."