Good Morning and after a brief break to catch my breath and put events and thoughts into perspective, I'm baaaaaack!
(No one figured they could
get rid of me that easily did they?
I'll be the first to admit that I hadn't anticipated the result and as much by the specifics as over all outcome. It did come as something of a
shock for many reasons. Ultimately though, this election season did a number for warping perspective on a lot of things. The overall cycle saw people
get far more direct and personal than I can ever recall it. That extends out into real life and pretty much at all levels. The polarization has been
I deeply believe it's also critical to the future of our United States to move beyond this as quickly as possible. The nation faces a great many
serious problems just as it did a month ago and as it did a year ago. Some are far more immediate due to both parties standing on party lines that
prevented a deal on the budget crisis prior to this point, for starters. Who brought us to this point is irrelevant at this stage.
Obama did this part of it or Bush did that part that doesn't make one step in the direction of solving what has the potential to bring the economy
down. (besides, it took Presidents back to Nixon for the final crash to be possible) The relative importance of parties also pretty well became moot
after this election's results were made clear.
The problems our nation faces truly transcend parties because they are too large for either to solve with only it's approach or ideas. The American
people saw fit to vote with a divided Congress and the budget generating side being the Republican. Boehner does nothing but make me groan.....as does
Harry Reid. There we have it though, next to Obama, those are the two leaders of the United States. Whatever mid terms could do either way to change
it? If they don't work together between now and then, mid terms may not be terribly important.
I can't well deny the fact Obama won by a very
solid showing in numbers for the E.C.. A system I very much believe in and can work either way,
as it has over previous elections. By those numbers, Our President
won by a large margin and reaffirmed his place as the President for both
Liberal and Conservative alike.
At the same time, it's very important to recall in American terms....that is, American to American and as individuals, it wasn't too far
a 50/50 straight up split
, as it has been now for many elections running. County level is something I'll leave alone and not because it's a
negative. That makes NO difference to Obama winning, and he well earned his victory
by the numbers. What the popular vote IS important to
indicate is how strong a mandate one side of the Political Spectrum has over the other in majority of the voting public. In this case, there is an
obvious mandate to the left of center....but only just a bit
Romney conceded and isn't challenging anything. (Thank God..ANY challenge would have been a national ordeal) So partisanship has about 3 more
years before it matters again.
Every problem brought up now, isn't a juggle for political advantage. The only advantage now is finding a way to
navigate a financial disaster, among other problems across multiple nations that has been decades
in the the making. It would have happened
whether Obama won in 2008 or not, let alone the 2012 election. He isn't what caused it, even if some may figure a good case for timing could be made.
Cause isn't his alone by any stretch.
We have a choice then. Each of us and within our own sense of right
, not right
#1. Continue to fight and tear at one another over a concept of right and left....liberal and conservative
....This has absolutely no
bearing either way on the most immediate and pressing threats to American stability if not global as well. I've been as guilty as anyone of this
offense and I admit it. No excuses. None apply. It's something I regret and fully intend to move beyond to the extent I have let it draw me back to
#2. Collectively find some common ground and stop the infighting at least until our nation has become stable again.
TPM and the people
who did and still do make up Occupy have a lot of bad water which has flowed between them on many levels. However, they are grass roots to the
individuals who made up the movements. These are the folks who need to listen to each other as well as talk without sharp edges or sarcasm. I've been
around both groups (though I never formally belonged to any TPM group personally) and the differences aren't nearly as large as the seeming need to
stand on them. Both groups have the energy and strengths/weaknesses among the people themselves to make a combined movement that would ...WOULD...make
a difference where neither has alone.
There are other ways to make it work I'm sure. That is a great topic to perhaps open the discussion on for how to go forward in moving beyond the
hate and distrust the politics have created. I just say that making it work is something that simply has to be done.
Our Children's future depends on it and whether there is a future for the generation beyond that may well depend on how these issues are approached
and solved. President Obama didn't lay the foundation of these problems. He didn't spent over 30 years helping them grow. His degree of blame just
isn't the point now at the end. He is the man sitting in the Office now though and so, I hope the promises, plans and intentions expressed in
specifics during the campaign work out as advertised. I very sincerely hope they do. After all, the alternative is literally rooting for harm to my
own nation. Politics stops well short of crossing that line.
(Hands out carrots to all in a gesture of goodwill)