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?

About wbspeirjr

Award-winning author William Speir was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1962. His first published work is the 2015 "Muzzle-Loading Artillery for Reenactors." In addition to his artillery manual, William has published 19 novels, including a 9-book action-adventure series ("The Knights of the Saltire Series"), five historical novels ("King’s Ransom," "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," "Arthur, King," and "The Besieged Pharaoh"), one fantasy novel ("The Kingstone of Airmid"), one science fiction novel ("The Olympium of Bacchus 12"), one geo-political thriller ("The Trinity Gambit"), and a stand-alone action-adventure novel ("Shiko Unleashed"). William is a 5-time Royal Palm Literary Award winner: 2014 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "King’s Ransom," 2015 Second Place Unpublished Historical Fiction for "The Saga of Asbjorn Thorleikson," 2017 Second Place Published Historical Fiction for "Arthur, King," 2017 First Place Published Historical Fiction for "Nicaea - The Rise of the Imperial Church," and 2017 First Place Published Science Fiction for "The Olympium of Bacchus 12." William currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, LLC. For more information about William Speir, please visit his website at WilliamSpeir.com.
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