Post Election Blues
Thanks to everyone who supported President Obama and his party in yesterday’s election. You spoke out, you wrote, you contributed your time, energy and money and finally you voted.
Now that it’s over and we have a moment of calm after the raging battle it’s time to reflect on the road ahead. In the brief silence that accompanies this temporary cessation of hostilities if you listen closely you will hear the murmurs beginning.
Karl Rove was on Fox this morning explaining why he’s still a genius. Fox will continue to fill their air time with outrageous and untrue commentary billed as fair and balanced news and the Republican party will continue to vilify minorities, women and attempt to place the main burden of taxation on the backs of working people.
Already this morning Mitch McConnell and John Boehner attempted to diminish the Democratic victory with less than conciliatory statements that portend the likelihood that obstructionism will continue as their primary tactic and many of the far right republican players like Eric Cantor are still on the field preparing for more of their special brand of malicious mischief.
We’ve won a battle but the struggle continues. We have wars and conflicts to end, a tax system to reconstruct, an economy to rebuild, a national security and military industrial complex to rein in, a constitution and rule of law to reaffirm, and a new energy policy and infrastructure to build.
Unemployment must be brought under control and our educational system at all levels must be set back on its feet after years of attacks from the right. We have an infrastructure that is slowly crumbling around us due to inattention and the budgetary madness of tripping over dollars to pick up pennies.
The spiraling costs of health care have to be brought down and delivery systems improved. Social security must be buttressed for coming generations and our immigration problems must be equitably solved.
In short all the problems of yesterday are still on the table this morning. The 17 months of heated rhetoric and hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign advertising did not solve a single problem.
The pressure that we applied by speaking out on social media, by writing and calling public officials, by signing petitions or demonstrating publicly must continue and intensify. It works, every small voice joined in concert builds to a crescendo that can’t be ignored in the halls of power and privilege. The reactions of the powerful to the public clamor are in turn noticed by the people and informed by them.
We have to reduce the power of the great corporations and replace the ardent corporatists on the courts with people who understand that only people, not fictitious legal business entities are entitled to the rights of citizenship and women are not to be relieved of their right to make their own health decisions.
This morning the same lobbyists will carry their cash and promises down the same corridors for delivery to the same congress critters and the game will continue as before unless we apply every bit of pressure necessary to bring an end to the bribery and corruption.
I don’t believe that we can fundamentally change the Republicans but with continued pressure we can strengthen the Democratic Party and make it more responsive to the needs of the people and the requirements of their constitution.
We have a mandate. Liberalism, is alive and working at the core of our contract with each other. Our electoral voice shouted the belief that we are in this together and we will not leave the fallen to waste and die because of the predation and malfeasance of billionaire gamblers.
We have four more years with a steady hand and sound judgment at the helm and the work continues. Keep the pressure on.