Tuesday the American people sent a clear message to their elected officials that they are unhappy with the way things are going, and they don’t want to go down the road we have been taking.
Now, it is up to those newly elected, and to those who retained their offices, to listen to that message. The question is, will they?
President Obama, visibly shaken by the upsets the Democratic party suffered at the polls, has said he is willing to work with the Republicans on many of the issues that have so polarized the country. But it remains to be seen if that is a true commitment to a new attitude, or just political lip service. There are those who are so opposed to the President that they will automatically dismiss anything he says or does.
The Republicans, for their part, must not sit around gloating, with a “we showed them attitude.” It’s way past time for both parties to stop the finger pointing, stop the name calling, and to work together to get this country back on track. That will not happen as long as our elected officials keep the mindset we have seen for too many years.
So there you have it, Mr. and Ms. Congressman and Senator. You worked hard to win the voters’ trust. You were victorious in your election bids. Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. The people have spoken. You know what they want. Now give it to them.
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