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A HISTORICAL ELECTION: America Speaks and Democracy Lives To Tell About It

Posted by Stephen on November 5, 2008

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore once said to me, “Whatever happens on November 4th the sun is still going to rise on November 5th; you’re still going to have to take care of your family, you’re still going to go to work that day, and life will still go on. If you don’t like the what happened on the 4th, your responsibility is to go out and affect change. If these things don’t work for you; stay out of politics…”

America made history on November 4, 2008. If you don’t like it, what are you going to do about it?

The majority of this country looked across the landscape, I believe, and said to themselves, “well…the Republicans have talked a good game but abandoned their principles and created a mess….it can’t hurt to give the other guy a chance…”

While that is simplistic, and clearly my own theory, it is what played out on Tuesday. Obama makes it easy too. It cannot be denied that he is popular. While you may not like him, the tens of thousands that gathered at his rallies make it impossible to deny him his just due. It doesn’t hurt that he may be the most accomplished public speaker since John Kennedy. He inspires people, especially young people. He convinced people that all this nation is missing is optimism and a “change” of policy.

What the change is, NO ONE can honestly say….but change is clearly what people wanted. Maybe it’s a collection of things. A group clearly wants us out of Iraq no matter the consequences of our retreat. Another group wants government to do more; more in the way of socialized health care, more entitlements, more wealth as the result of redistributing wealth, more social programs with less social accountability, and more promise from government that they will be taken care of one way or another. Yet another group just don’t want to see ANY party in the White House for a third term.

Put it all together and the Democrats have created a super majority. They are now in control of the White House, the House of Representative’s and the U.S. Senate. Let’s see what they can do with all that power. After all, the Republicans had it and failed to capitalize on their status. Instead of focusing on the principles that put them in office, the GOP became complacent, arrogant and sloppy.

As much as anything, the American people made it clear that they will not tolerate betrayal. The Republican Party must go back to their roots and principles and learn how to apply empathy and understanding to their practices so that they can affect positive change on the world around them. People need to understand how their policies can improve their lives.

Void of that understanding, people will reach for the emotional solution provided by, well, whoever will offer it. Hence…..November 5th America elected Barack Obama. Our democracy survived, the sum came up today, life is moving forward, and I went to work…..We are left only to ask; now what? Obama is now tasked to answer to those emotions and no matter where your ideologies fall, pray he can.

Stephen Winslow is the executive editor of Conservative Viewpoints.


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