Folks like Donald Trump and radio host Neal Boortz had a proper flip-out over the news.
There’s certainly legitimate concerns about Obama’s re-election. He failed to tackle the nation’s mounting debt in his first term. And though Obamacare strikes at a fundamental problem with this country (millions of uninsured people), many Americans are still waiting to see their insurance premiums decrease as the president promised.
But Barack Obama taking office for another four years does not mean the death of freedom.
This country may indeed see four more years of the same. Things like jobless claims that are decreasing, but not as much as officials had hoped. But despite what some zealots might say, the United States is not on a course toward an apocalyptic hellscape.
Like always, this country will carry on — just as it did with George W. Bush and just as it did with Jimmy Carter.
In many ways this country is similar to the working class people who keep it running. We’d like some help. What we’d love most, however, is an opportunity to better ourselves.
If our lawmakers insist upon more political gridlock, however, we will re-build this economy by ourselves.
But just think of all that could be accomplished if the policymakers in Washington stop worrying about fundraising and what lobbying job they’ll get after they leave office, and they start looking to real compromise.
The fiscal cliff would be a great place to start. But a jobs bill would be even better, one that puts Americans back to work and re-invests in the kind of infrastructure that once spurred the world’s most thriving economy.
Mitt Romney said it best in his concession speech:
“The nation, as you know, is at a critical point. At a time like this, we can’t risk partisan bickering and political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people’s work. And we citizens also have to rise to the occasion.”
- Daily Mountain Eagle