It is important to note that we were all winners last night. The individual voters, the many, won out over big money, the few. This election was not bought by special interests and the wealthy. It was won by the millions of individual voters who spoke loudly with their votes. But, the question remains, were the politicians listening?
This past year too many in power based their actions on what they thought was good for us. Too often they attempted to force their beliefs on everyone by legislating morality. It was as if they were trying to be the nation’s “daddy” and tried to tell us what was good for us. It was not their right to do so. I can respect that for many, their religious beliefs motivated them to do so. However, in doing so, they were attempting to take away the right of free choice. Their beliefs might control and direct their lives, but those beliefs should never be used to control and direct the lives of others who do not share the same beliefs.
There was also an atmosphere of do as I say not as I do. This was most apparent when they spoke of austerity measures and cuts to the meat, straight to the heart of the middle class and then refused to raise taxes on the very rich. It was never about shared sacrifice and that is what is needed for our economy to recover, everyone working together.
We as a nation need to set aside this partisan silliness and come together. It will require great compromise on both sides. It will not be easy, but it can happen. It will also require all of us on to be more open-minded to the ideas of others. We cannot simply reject the idea because of the source. It is in the blending of diverse ideas and principles, great legislation is formed. And it is up to all of us to continually remind our leaders of that. They work for us and if they are still not listening and doing their jobs, in 2 years, we can use our vote to replace them. Because that is how democracy works for all of us.