The election results left little for anyone to cheer about, but a lot for everyone to hope for.

Richard Milhous Nixon won the presidency of the United States the hard way—over two major opponents, one of them an incumbent. But win it he did. Nixon’s victory, climaxing a cataclysmic year, marked the most phenomenal comeback in American political history.

One sad part of the election outcome is the punctures that remain in the national fabric. It will take the greatest kind of leadership to reweave these holes and unite the country once again. To this end the President-elect deserves the support of every American and the prayers of each believer.

Nixon also faces the burden of unprecedented problems at home and abroad. But a great nation, and especially those of its citizens who claim to be Christian, are obligated to look at the future positively, to try to convert their perplexities into opportunities, their liabilities into assets. A new leader offers the chance for a new dynamic in American life. Fresh insight, talent, and energy must be blended in creative ways that offer the prospect not only of peace and plenty but also of righteousness and justice.

It must be said of Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey that though he campaigned vigorously he conducted himself responsibly. Indeed, the whole campaign was carried out on a reasonably high plane, with all contestants setting a fair example of the democratic process. The losers’ pledges of support for the new President capped off the election in the best American tradition. Their continued calls for national unity will help Nixon to be the kind of leader the times demand.

Unfortunately, Nixon did not win a majority vote. And in some ways the balloting left the world to wonder whether ...

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