After the elections, the federal government is finally in an excellent position to enact meaningful solutions to our economic and social ills. With a conservative-leaning Supreme Court, a Democratic president, a Republican House and a slightly Democratic Senate, Democrats and Republicans are going to have to do the unthinkable: They’ll have to abandon the cram-it-down-your-throat tactics enjoyed by a majority House, Senate and president, such as the Republicans did after 2000 and the Democrats did after 2008.
They’ll now have to work together, hammer out compromises and find a common vision that’s best for all. They’ll have to listen more closely to the pulse of their constituents of both parties, rather than enact legislation with a smug “our party is right, your party is wrong” attitude. They’ll have to face up to the fact that the differences between Republicans and Democrats are ideological, rather than conflicts between good and evil, right and wrong, moral and immoral.
Sorry, Democrats. Sorry, Republicans. You both blew it with that kind of attitude when you were each given the chance after the last two presidential elections. All you succeeded in doing was alienating the members of your own parties.
Yes, the elections are a mandate, but not a partisan mandate. They’re a mandate to both parties to actually work together to solve our problems. They weren’t – and never should be – a mandate for one party to foist its ideologies on everybody.
Congress and Mr. President: Get to work!