Already the lawsuits from interest groups have begun. Charges of election fraud (search) are pouring in from all over the country.

In one Ohio town, there are more registered voters than residents.

In Florida, a federal judge ruled this week on a suit filed by a labor union that the state does not have to validate voter registration applications that are incomplete.

What's the point of having rules if one does not uphold them?

This election could — could — be a repeat of 2000. The rancor from that race continues to pollute the political waters. Tuesday's election isn't a game. It is life and death.

The Washington Times reported this week that some terrorists are rooting for John Kerry. They think he will abandon the fight against them and so it will be easier to defeat America. They have always seen us as lacking resolve, a fear of god and a commitment for the long haul. They believe they have all three.

On one level, we have put too much faith in politics. Government and politics can't do for you what you should be doing for yourself. But too many have infused politics with a type of god-like power and then they get cynical, or discouraged, when the idol they've made can't deliver.

There are an estimated 20,000 lawyers ready for post-election warfare. Such a war will not heal our wounds and prepare us for the bigger fight against those who wish to kill us.

It will further divide us at a time when unity is essential. Whoever wins the election will not be able to unite the nation. The split is too wide and the wounds are too deep.

One longs for the days when elections were decided on election night and the losers conceded and for the most part worked with the new president to make a better America. Don't look for that to happen in this election, or for what could be many elections to come.

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Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. He joined Fox News Channel in 1997 as a political contributor. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.