The 2012 election has been an experience in class warfare. Many in the upper classes, being successful both economically and socially, voted to keep the traditional systems in place. Others, upset with their loss of jobs, savings and affordable education opportunities, and dissatisfied with the “holier than thou” aspects of American life, voted to move the country toward what they perceive to be a more even-handed system.
The divergence of these groups is not complete with both sides agreeing on many principles. We have to have incentives for good behavior, hard work and initiative, safety nets for the less fortunate, tolerance of divergent thought and practice, and a balanced budget.
But, the election has demonstrated that a majority believes that the American system has gotten out of balance on these and other issues. To our delight or sorrow, we must heed this message. We must give all of the people their share of dignity and financial success if we want them to work together to maintain a great nation.