I hope the big picture won

I am pleased with the results of the election, and now it’s time for reactions all over the place. Obama’s ground game did the trick, despite a loud and active right side. Turnout did make the difference.

It is certainly not time to gloat. The President has a lot of work ahead, and so do the congress and the nation as a whole. But I want to watch the right side of the isle for the next few days. Will they fuss and blame and complain? Will they do little more than re-strategize? The voters knocked them down in the senate, and in several progressive issues like marijuana and gay marriage. They rejected crazy ideas about God’s will in rape. Again, turnout made the difference. Those issues went the way of the popular will, not just the way of the “off-year” voters.

I hope the Republicans, as Andrew Sullivan said on The Daily Show, will get a dose of reality. I hope they consider facts that influence issues. Rape is a bad thing. The income gap is crushing the country. A successful middle class yields a successful national economy. Climate change is real. We can balance economic growth and environmental protection. There truly are some people – voters – who don’t see the Bible as a trump card to common sense, many of them are Christians. There is common ground in congress, and it involves both sides giving in a little. Restoring taxes has nothing to do with treason. Health care for everyone is not unconstitutional, in fact it is cost effective and truly the right thing to do.

And I hope the left is not so inflamed as well. Steady progress is good government. You can bet Guantanamo will not close tomorrow, now will Obama impose a cap and trade policy on global warming gasses. That part of the left that Obama truly represents should get their presents of both more revenue and prudent tax cuts.

I hope this is a wake-up call for everyone. A rational response to these election results might not sell ads in certain right wing talk radio. We’ll see what the ranters say in the next few days. Consider Franklin’s words from Poor Richard’s Almanac: “Quarrels never could last long, if on one side only lay the wrong.”

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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