For this one day I will celebrate the common sense and moderation of the Americans who voted in the 2012 election. Tomorrow we will admit that all will not be peaches and cream in Washington. The Republicans have not retreated from their positions and they still control the House of Representatives. However they did get spanked in the Senate and perhaps that will help them be a bit more humble, a bit more civil, and perhaps they will give compromise a chance. The economy probably will not recover quickly, but slow and steady is much better for our future economic stability. Now I know that we will continue to have a compassionate economy; an economy that does not push upward by climbing on the backs of our less affluent citizens. Now I know we will not try to retreat from our inclusiveness; we will not react with fear to a diverse America. We will find a way to be an America our forefathers would approve of and, at the same time, to embrace the changes that the 21st century will bring. This morning we are America the beautiful.
What’s up with CNN? After the last debate they never stopped drubbing President Obama. Even after this debate they still seem to be favoring Mitt Romney. They are political wonks, who love following every nuance of an election, ad nauseum, especially Wolf Blitzer. I can’t decide if it is making the election more interesting or turning it into an exercise akin to diagramming sentences.
Obama will involve the whole orchestra, in other words, he sees the American government and America as not just a business entity, but also a social entity which is what a government must be. With Romney we don’t know what our health care will look like but we know it will not look like it does now, we don’t know what will really happen to social programs that “lift up” the 47%. We have no assurance that the economy which is skewed towards the wealthy will be “unskewed”. I do not feel confident, if Romney is elected, that four years from now Roe v. Wade will still be the law of the land. Romney exudes traditional values which put wifey in the home as a helpmate. I’m not saying things will go this far, but he is not exactly a feminist. Romney conducts only a string quartet. String quartets are lovely, but not nearly as difficult to juggle as a full symphony orchestra. If we could give Obama four years with true bipartisan support I believe we might see something really great: the beginnings of our future. For those who imply that Obama cannot expect bipartisan support and that therefore we need to go with Romney instead I say he will be even more harmful because he does have bipartisan support and he only has it because he doesn’t want to change anything. He, and the Republicans, are yearning, yearning for what we had and going back to 1950 would be the best scenario of all. I don’t think we can get back to 1950, or even that that would be a good thing.
The Vice Presidential debate left us with all the same questions we have been mulling for the past three or four years and, although I cannot imagine why, it still leaves us split about 50-50. I am not talking about the behavior of either of the participants. Debates are frustrating. You have to give your opponent time to have their say on a subject even though you are itching to refute their argument. Paul Ryan tends to pontificate, Joe Biden has a great smile and he used it to let us know when Ryan was repeating a policy point that Biden had already heard reiterated many, many times and which he felt was “malarkey”. I have an equally difficult time keeping myself still while someone says something I disagree with. I felt that smile helped keep Biden from interrupting and that’s how he used it. It signaled his disbelief without necessitating speech. But the demeanor of either candidate is not really the issue here. The issue involves your answer to a series of questions: