The Morning After

The election is over. No more campaign speeches, no more nasty TV advertisements, no more rhetoric.  Just the cold, hard truth – the American people went to the polls and cast their votes.

It’s a new morning. Time for the celebrations and the moping/whining to end.  Time for the healing to begin.  Time for friendships to be mended.  Politics are divisive, but we share this nation, and it’s time we remembered how to live together in peace and not let our own personal beliefs divide us or be used against us by those holding to different/opposing beliefs.

The American people made their voices heard last night. They’re angry, and they want change.  They want a government that works.  They want a government that gets things done to improve the lives of US Citizens.  They want secured borders, the flow of illegal immigrants entering the country stopped, strict and consistent quarantine practices that prevent the spread of disease, lower taxes, reduced regulations that drive businesses out of business, and healthcare reform that works and does not add additional burdens to the people who were supposed to be benefited by the last set of reforms.  They want solutions, not rhetoric.  They want action, not words.  They want congress to do what its members promised to do and what its members were elected to do.  Put simply, the people of the US want a government that serves the will and the needs of the people, not a government that rules over the people for its own purposes.

For the last 13 years, and especially for the last 6 years, the United States has moved farther and farther away from the government that was established by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution. Individual and collective freedoms have been curtailed more than ever before since the War Between the States, and there is no end in sight.  The Constitution, formerly the blueprint for how government is to behave, has become an obstacle for government to overcome or work around as the members of the governing bodies attempt to rule, rather than to serve.  Americans have spoken.  This must end.

American want change, and it’s not the kind of change promised 6 years ago. Yesterday’s elections show that Americans have rejected that kind of change.  Congress has the chance to begin making the changes that Americans want.  Congress has the chance to create a unity of purpose for the first time in many years and get things done.  Congress has the chance to return our nation to one where elected officials serve the will of the people rather than control the people.

But in the cold, hard light of a new dawn, several questions remain unanswered. Will the members of congress do what they promised?  Will the members of congress remember that they answer to the people?  Will the members of congress bring about the change that the nation is demanding?  Or will it just be politics as usual?

Americans have spoken. The question that remains to be answered is this: is anyone listening?

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About wbspeirjr

Author of "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors," the 8-book "Knights of the Saltier Series," four award-winning historical novels ("King's Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King"), the award-winning sci fi novel "The Olympium of Bacchus 12," and the fantasy novel "The Kingstone of Airmid."
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