Yesterday, some of us were disappointed and others were elated by the election results. More importantly, we should all be proud that the greatest experiment in democracy ever known has worked once again. There will be a peaceful and orderly swearing in of President Obama on January 20, 2013. A few days before, a new Congress—the people’s representatives in Washington, D.C., will be convened and they will swear to faithfully discharge their duties. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives will, I hope, work with the President to address the most important issues facing our nation.
There will be plenty of time for the talking heads to tell us what they think happened, or didn’t happen. History and politics professors will dissect and write lessons learned. Advertising agencies, political consultants and many others will position themselves for the next election, which is less than two years away from yesterday.
Before we enter the rat race to position with prospective voters, and go on the endless circuit of trips, breakfasts, lunches, dinners and coffees to raise money anew we should stop and think really hard about America’s future first.
Let’s not mince any words here—our country is broke. We are financially broke because we have to borrow money every month to pay our bills. That is the simplest definition of being financially broke. However, our spirit as a country is not broken.
The election results 2012
We have entrusted our elected officials to make tough decisions. They need to deliver results to all of us, if we hope to keep this great democratic experiment alive and thriving.
Americans, of all backgrounds and creeds and from every corner of this great nation have a responsibility to make sure our government in Washington is working to create the opportunities and conditions for jobs to thrive, our education to work and stop borrowing money to pay our bills. The solutions may not be easy, but that is what each of our elected officials signed up to do when they put their name on the ballot. To fail is a dereliction of their oath of office.
Let us all come together and hold each and every one of these elected officials to the spirit and letter of the trust we have bestowed upon them to make tough decisions.