Post Election Thoughts

After billions of dollars spent and a campaign that has lasted, some could argue, since 2007, the verdict is in. President Barack Obama has won a second term. The House of Representatives remains in Republican hands. The Democrats have a Senate majority, but Republicans retain enough seats to filibuster.

This could be a recipe for more gridlock, more critical time-sensitive issues that go right into the fifty-ninth minute of the eleventh hour that end up with last minute band-aid solutions. This could mean even more years that the Senate does not come up with a budget.

Okay...some thoughts.

To my friends who were happy on election night, I hope that your faith in this president is well founded.

To the re-elected President of the United States, I hope and pray that he will truly work across the aisle and truly be president for 100% of the people.

To our elected leaders on Capital Hill, I pray that we can figure out a way to avert the Fiscal Cliff and jump start this economy.

To the media, now that the election is over, I pray that they will now cover D.C. with more healthy skepticism than they have.

To those who, like me, were broken hearted on election night, I pray that God will grant us the serentity to accept what we cannot change, the courage to change the things that we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Obama supporters need to remember how they felt back when they supported Gore in 2000, which is precisely how Romney supporters feel right now. Emotions are raw. If we really want a less toxic political atmosphere in this country, now is not the time to gloat or do the touchdown dance. Give the Romney supporters some space and time, and they will move on.

Romney supporters need to understand they are dealing with a pretty major loss. Many have really been passionate about the cause and the man. Remember that there is a pattern to coping with loss. It starts with denial, goes through anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Acceptance doesn't mean you change your political convictions or stop speaking out. It just means you are in a better place emotionally and otherwise.

In our household right now, we've agreed to keep the TV news off for at least one week. Instead, we have surfed our channels and found all sorts of old classic sitcoms and other mindless fare. Get out into woods and hunt. Embrace nature. And, of course, keep your prayer life strong.

Now...for my idea. Since the Senate has failed to produce a budget in the course of four years and has been incredibly toxic and dysfunctional, it is time for both political parties to fire their leadership and replace it with a new guard. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are both flame-throwers and are toxic to the atmosphere. On the GOP side, I suggest Marco Rubio as someone of the new guard, who can articulate his party's viewpoint and work on real solutions--without the baggage of the last however many years. I've heard some great suggestions on the Democratic side--such as Dianne Feinstein or Mark Warner.

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