This morning I awoke to the news that the GOP had completed their mission and the majority had spoken. In our little mecca Jim Gerlach handily won his seat, Representative Schroder will be going back to Harrisburg, Jim Toomey pulled it out in the end, and we will have a Republican Governor at least for a little while. Will it make a difference? No one knows unless they posses the ability of precognition or they have a crystal ball, but I do believe that the American people have awakened from a stupor and realized that not making our leaders hold fast to what they promised and listen to their constituents is a mistake not to be made again. In the previous election too much rhetoric and not enough substance was presented and the American people fell for it hook line and sinker and then when it did not work out began pointing fingers at the prior administration for the mistakes this one was making. It reminded me of the cartoon Family Circus when the invisible characters "Not Me" and "He Did It" would run around wreaking havoc in the house. It astounded me that no one wanted to take responsibility for the mess that THEY were making. Did your parents not teach you to own up to your mistakes, or was it taught to you to blame everyone but yourself? It still floors me that even after two years people and the administration are still blaming the one that came before. Were some bad choices made for the eight years previously? Yes. Was money spent unwisely? Yes, towards the end it was spent like a drunken sailor on leave. But the name calling became so bad that on one side of the aisle a name for it came about;Bush Derangement Syndrome.
I believe what became so divisive in the country wasn't even so much across party lines because there were and still are bad apples in each barrel, but the fact that when this administration was disapproved of the attacks on the other side were personal, not necessarily based on political ideology. I know being on the side of the aisle where a "R" resides I was called racist, unrealistic, stupid and various other nastiness. It had little to do with the fact that I did not like the turn the administration was taking, but because the backers of this presidency, I guess had shot their load, they could come up with little else to refute my arguments because in reality I was on the right track....and owning up to their mistakes is just not done.
I now await to see if our leader can really work across the aisle like he has said he wants to, although with the tone of his rhetoric during the campaign season he is going to have to work pretty hard to get the Republicans to listen when he called several of them some choice names.........nothing vulgar mind you, but being beaten with words still leaves bruises, you just can't see them.
So for now I think America has spoken and the message is loud and clear.........don't hand us a bill of goods with nothing to back it up.