Okay, everybody … forwardNovember 7, 2012
The election’s over, the votes are in, and President Obama has been re-elected. Governor Romney deserves kudos for a classy concession speech, and for urging his supporters to put aside partisan bickering and work across the aisle for the common good of the American people. For once, I’m in agreement with him.
We’re going to hear a lot in the coming weeks about what the pundits and politicos think should have been done differently. There’ll be a tidal wave of talk about demographics, voter turnout, momentum and strategy. There’s already been a lot of handwringing over the amount of money spent on the campaign and how, at the end of it, we’re pretty much back where we started. Personally, I don’t think that’s an entirely bad thing. I’d much rather believe that campaign spending doesn’t really affect voter opinion than that any elected office – and particularly the Presidency – is for sale to the highest bidder.
What I do hope, though, is that we’ll come out of this election tired of wasting our time and resources by clawing at one another. It may be true that our nation is bitterly divided but, then again, maybe it’s just that popular opinion is balanced. There have always been two themes underlying the American story: self-reliance and mutual care. If we can find the path between the two, everybody wins.
President Obama isn’t in for an easy second term. He faces a struggling economy, unacceptably high unemployment, security threats at home and abroad, environmental degradation, social issues begging to be resolved, and platoons of political commentators who’ll do everything in their power to undercut his effectiveness. The fact is, though, that he won both the Electoral College and the popular vote, which means that a majority (however slim) of voters agreed with him more than with Governor Romney. I just hope that Congressional leaders will have the good grace to respect the will of the electorate and work cooperatively with the President, even if they aren’t in complete agreement with him, and I would have wished the same if Governor Romney had won. There’s too much at stake for either party to continue to indulge in the politics of destruction. The people have spoken – it’s time to move on.
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