Saturday, November 8, 2014

Reflection On Election Night

No one expected the Democratic Party to have a good night on Election Night. But they probably hoped they would at least be able to maintain the control of the United States Senate and win a few governorships. Luckily, that was not the case as the Republican Party took control of the Senate and picked up a few Governor's Mansion's, including in some very liberal states such as Massachusetts, Illinois and Maryland. A few days before the election, President Barack Obama stated that while he was on not on the ballot, his policies were. America did on Tuesday what it should have done in 2008 and 2012: Rejected Barack Obama.

While they did have great wins on Tuesday, I hope that the Republican Party realizes that this election was more of a rejection of Obama than it was an endorsement of them. This is their time to prove that they have the correct path for America, and also that they will stand by their principles. In his 2008 acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, the presidential candidate John McCain stated "We were sent to change Washington, but we let Washington change us." Hopefully the party recognizes this and also recognizes that this may be their last chance to make changes. If they mess this up, there may not be another chance. It may be the death of the Republican Party.

Republicans must realize that now is the time to make the change. It cannot wait until 2016 when they have a chance to take the White House. During these last two years, they need to show what their plan for America and pass as much legislation as they can. Sure, President Obama may veto it. There is nothing they can do about that. However, they can show America where they want the country to go and build upon in 2016.

In particular, legislation should be passed to reform the tax code, secure our borders, and pass a bill for the keystone pipeline. While Obama may veto all of these, if they come together they can get a 2/3 majority and pass them over his veto.

The key point is this: Don't celebrate yet. There is much to be done, and now is the opportunity to do it. Mitch McConell and John Boehner have the opportunity for greatness, will they capitalize? We will see. 

1 comment:

  1. Both parties are already dead. They have no integrity. Without integrity they have nothing.