The same way you would support a president you did vote for: with caution, questioning, acceptance, and respect. Whether you voted for someone or not, you aught to view their decisions with certain amount of healthy questioning. I’ve included a few quotes below to further explain what I mean.
“Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country…
“Every man who parrots the cry of ’stand by the President’ without adding the proviso ’so far as he serves the Republic’ takes an attitude as essentially unmanly as that of any Stuart royalist who championed the doctrine that the King could do no wrong. No self-respecting and intelligent free man could take such an attitude.”
Author: Theodore Roosevelt. Works, vol. 21, pp.316, 321.
God provided that in this land of liberty, our political allegiance shall run not to individuals, that is, to government officials, no matter how great or how small they may be. Under His plan our allegiance and the only allegiance we owe as citizens or denizens of the United States, runs to our inspired Constitution which God himself set up. So runs the oath of office of those who participate in government. A certain loyalty we do owe to the office which a man holds, but even here we owe just by reason of our citizenship, no loyalty to the man himself. In other countries it is to the individual that allegiance runs. This principle of allegiance to the Constitution is basic to our freedom. It is one of the great principles that distinguishes this `land of liberty’ from other countries.
Author: J. Reuben Clark, Source: Improvement Era, July 1940, p. 444
No matter the decision, political party or other persuasion of the president, our allegiance must lie with the Constitution on every issue.
I have agreed and disagreed with President Bush on many points, but I certainly agree with his statements made on Nov. 5, the day after an historic election:
No matter how they cast their ballots, all Americans can be proud of the history that was made yesterday. Across the country, citizens voted in large numbers. They showed a watching world the vitality of America’s democracy, and the strides we have made toward a more perfect union. They chose a President whose journey represents a triumph of the American story — a testament to hard work, optimism, and faith in the enduring promise of our nation.
Many of our citizens thought they would never live to see that day. This moment is especially uplifting for a generation of Americans who witnessed the struggle for civil rights with their own eyes — and four decades later see a dream fulfilled.
A long campaign has now ended, and we move forward as one nation. We’re embarking on a period of change in Washington, yet there are some things that will not change. The United States government will stay vigilant in meeting its most important responsibility — protecting the American people. And the world can be certain this commitment will remain steadfast under our next Commander-in-Chief.
I do, however, take issue with his statement that protecting the American people is the government’s most important responsibility. I believe the most important responsibility for any member of government individually, and for government as a whole should be to protect, defend and uphold the U.S. Constitution. That is what our elected officials have taken an oath to do. If they keep their oath in defending the Constitution, government officials will also be protecting the American people, but it may be possible, in some sense, to do the latter without doing the former. Call me nit-picky, but I think it’s a distinction worth making.
Congrats, president-elect Obama. I wish you every success in keeping the sacred oath you will soon take.