News and Tribune

November 8, 2012

NASH: Which direction should we go?


> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Nearly all of the votes have been counted and just about all of the election results are final. The results have been examined and everyone seems to have an opinion about why their guy lost or why the other guy won.

Everyone seems to have an opinion of what is in store for this country and what we have to look. We can sit around and discuss what went wrong in this election and why the country chose the leaders that it did, or we can move in the direction that we have been hearing about for the last few months, forward.

Karl Rove may still be counting votes in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, trying to find enough reasons to drag out this election.  The Fox News pundits’ heads are still spinning on what went wrong. All over social media some people are predicting the end of the United States as we know it, based on the votes of the majority of the people of this country. The same people that have trumpeted the United States Constitution over the last four years are now upset that someone that they disagreed with used the most fundamental part of it to be elected President of the United States.

In this year’s election some of the people I supported won and some of them lost. There were a few interesting races, but most of the races turned out the way I expected. Both parties can sit around and complain about how people voted, but in the end, if your candidate lost, next time you should look for a better candidate.

It is estimated that at least $6 billion was spent during this presidential election cycle, that basically started the day after the last election. All of that time and money spent and the end result put us basically in the same position that we began. The president is the same and the makeup of Congress didn’t change too significantly. There will be a few new faces representing us, including a new Senator from Indiana, but the majority of Congress, that have nearly a single digit approval rating, will be returning.

Just because “FORWARD”  was the slogan that President Barack Obama used during his re-election bid, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. I can’t think of a better direction that we should go. Republicans and Democrats may have a different road map to exactly how to move the country forward, but now that the election is over, it is time we started moving in that direction.   

Each party must understand that the American people have spoken and chosen the leaders of our future.  They must come to the table with the understanding that someone elected the person sitting across from them no matter what they look like, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation or whether they worship the same God that they do. 

The gridlock that has plagued this country over the last several years has got to stop. No matter what political party that you lean toward, if your leaderships only contribution to the political process is obstruction, they must understand that they will be replaced. The only problem is that elected officials on the national level know that for the most part, their jobs are secure. 

Mitt Romney summed it up in his concession speech “…the nation, as you know, is at a critical point, at a time like this we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing, our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work.”  Let’s just hope that members of both parties heed those words and do what is necessary to make this great nation, a place for the entire world to look toward for leadership.

Some individuals believe that some sort of uprising is possible due to the president’s re-election. Others have said that maybe they will take up residence in a foreign country until our country, comes to its senses.  To those who feel that the republic can not survive because of one man who was elected president, doesn’t understand how this country actually works.

Whether you voted for him or not, President Obama has been given another four years as our president.  Mike Pence will be Indiana’s governor and Joe Donnelly will represent Hoosiers in the United States Senate.  The least we can do is stand together as citizens of this state and of our country and support those leaders that our citizens have elected.

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