I had a long conversation two days ago with a close friend from Zimbabwe. We talked about many topics, but one exchange stood out as we discussed the American election and the Zimbabwean political crisis.
"All Americans need to be thankful for this election. Not about who won or lost. But about the fact that again and again, one party can be voted out of office and another party can take power. Even when the results are contested like in 2000, the transition takes place peacefully and the losing party accepts defeat and regroups to contest another election in the future."